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Second Opinion



An examination of medical ethics and the practioners who define them. Dr. Michael Wilkes is a Professor of Medicine and Vice Dean for Medical Education at UC Davis. He takes on the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries and raises the issues that



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Lying in medicine, Part 2

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 06:35:00 -0800

Patients deceive their doctors…but doctors also deceive their patients.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/KCRW-second_opinion-lying_in_medicine_part_2-170108.mp3







Science in the service of industry

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 06:35:00 -0800

Guess who funded a study showing that sugar isn't harmful?


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/KCRW-second_opinion-science_in_the_service_of_industry-161225.mp3




Happy birthday, stethoscope

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 06:35:00 -0800

It's been a great 200 year run -- but the tool is nearing irrelevance...


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/KCRW-second_opinion-happy_birthday_stethoscope-161218.mp3




Phone Addiction

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 06:35:00 -0800

The data is getting strong that extensive phone use can be extremely harmful.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/KCRW-second_opinion-phone_addiction-161211.mp3


































Sales people in the operating room

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:35:00 -0700

What is the relationship between the surgeon and sales reps?


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/KCRW-second_opinion-sales_people_in_the_operating_room-160925.mp3


































Old Habits Die Hard

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 06:35:00 -0700

…which lead to lots of unnecessary tests.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/KCRW-second_opinion-old_habits_die_hard_2016_07_10.mp3




To Operate or Not?

Sun, 03 Jul 2016 06:35:00 -0700

Even for the surgeon, this isn’t an easy decision.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/KCRW-second_opinion-to_operate_or_not.mp3




Difficult Choices at 30,000 Feet

Sun, 26 Jun 2016 06:35:00 -0700

Weighing benefits of one patient against another...


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/KCRW-second_opinion-difficult_choices_at_30_000_feet.mp3




Bias in Medicine

Sun, 19 Jun 2016 06:35:00 -0700

Access to therapy appointments differs by race and class.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/KCRW-second_opinion-bias_in_medicine.mp3




Being Held as a Medical Hostage

Sun, 12 Jun 2016 06:35:00 -0700

After a motor vehicle accident it's the last thing you'd expect.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/KCRW-second_opinion-being_held_as_a_medical_hostage.mp3
















Declining Teen Birth Rates

Sun, 08 May 2016 06:35:00 -0700

Women are making good choices about reproductive health.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/KCRW-second_opinion-declining_teen_birth_rates.mp3




Doctors' Right to Choose

Sun, 01 May 2016 06:35:00 -0700

If doctors choose, patients loose.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so160501doctors_right_to_cho.mp3




The Violent Brain

Sun, 24 Apr 2016 06:35:00 -0700

Is it the seed or the soil?


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so160424the_violent_brain.mp3




A Medical Who Done It

Sun, 10 Apr 2016 06:35:00 -0700

How did a group of people ended up with cow tuberculosis?


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so160410a_medical_who_done_i.mp3




Gender in Elite Sports

Sun, 03 Apr 2016 06:35:00 -0700

What defines a female athlete other than lower pay?


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so160403gender_in_elite_spor.mp3




Physical Pain Linked to Economic Pain

Sun, 27 Mar 2016 06:35:00 -0700

America's pain epidemic has its roots in social determinants.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so160327physical_pain_linked.mp3




The Heavy Cost of Direct-to-Consumer Advertising

Sun, 20 Mar 2016 06:35:00 -0700

It's no longer just drugs but now genetic testing.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so160320the_heavy_cost_of_di.mp3







The Role of Government in Health

Sun, 06 Mar 2016 06:35:00 -0800

Do we really want to raise the age when an adult can purchase cigarettes?


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so160306the_role_of_governme.mp3




Futility and Doctors in Training

Sun, 28 Feb 2016 06:35:00 -0800

The impact of moral distress can be long lasting.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so160228futility_and_doctors.mp3




A Never Ending Fight over Doctors' Work Hours

Sun, 21 Feb 2016 06:35:00 -0800

A new study does not come close to providing any resolution.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so160221a_never_ending_fight.mp3




It Can't Hurt to Look!

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 06:35:00 -0800

Over-testing people with diabetes.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so160214it_cant_hurt_to_look.mp3







Special Needs

Sun, 31 Jan 2016 06:35:00 -0800

Special permits for prostitution...


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so160131special_needs.mp3




Elephants and Cancer

Sun, 24 Jan 2016 06:35:00 -0800

Do larger animals with more cells get more cancer?


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so160124elephants_and_cancer.mp3




American Wants to Die at Home

Sun, 17 Jan 2016 06:35:00 -0800

But, is this always the best idea?


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so160117american_wants_to_di.mp3




Compassion in Medicine

Sun, 10 Jan 2016 06:35:00 -0800

How can we increase compassion?


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so160110compassion_in_medici.mp3




Tragedy of the Commons

Sun, 03 Jan 2016 06:35:00 -0800

Giving up something now to benefit others later.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so160103tragedy_of_the_commo.mp3




Gifts Are Not Expected

Sun, 27 Dec 2015 06:35:00 -0800

Going overboard creates awkward situations.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so151227gifts_are_not_expect.mp3




What Constitutes a "Ground-breaking New Drug?"

Sun, 20 Dec 2015 06:35:00 -0800

It's time for us to have some hard discussions about the meaning and cost of extending life.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so151220what_constitutes_a_g.mp3




Mandatory Reporting of Teen Sex

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 06:35:00 -0800

What could possibly be the purpose?


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so151213mandatory_reporting_.mp3




Performance Enhancing Drugs Are No Longer Just for Athletes

Sun, 06 Dec 2015 06:35:00 -0800

Would you want your doctor to take drugs to improve their performance?


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so151206performance_enhancin.mp3




Hospital Refunds to Improve Care

Sun, 29 Nov 2015 06:35:00 -0800

Will the loss of money improve healthcare?


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so151129hospital_refunds_to_.mp3




Those Pesky Pharmaceutical Advertisements

Sun, 22 Nov 2015 06:35:00 -0800

A new, and surprising, call to ban the adverts.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so151122those_pesky_pharmace.mp3




Biased Dietary Guidelines

Sun, 15 Nov 2015 06:35:00 -0800

What we need is transparency in the process.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so151115biased_dietary_guide.mp3




Disease Mongering: A Public Forum

Sun, 08 Nov 2015 06:35:00 -0800

A live discussion to engage and enlighten.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so151108disease_mongering_a_.mp3




Refugees in Germany

Sun, 01 Nov 2015 06:35:00 -0800

Medical care is just one issue.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so151101refugees_in_germany.mp3




It's Time for Your Flu Shot

Sun, 25 Oct 2015 06:35:00 -0700

But we're not getting quite what's promised.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so151025its_time_for_your_fl.mp3







A Return of an Old Plague

Sun, 11 Oct 2015 06:35:00 -0700

A result of a changing climate...


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so151011a_return_of_an_old_p.mp3




Stopping CPR

Sun, 04 Oct 2015 06:35:00 -0700

What is easy to start can be far more difficult to stop.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so151004stopping_cpr.mp3







The Power of Words

Sun, 20 Sep 2015 06:35:00 -0700

Changing the goals in emergency medicine...


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150920the_power_of_words.mp3




A Half-Baked Pie

Sun, 13 Sep 2015 06:35:00 -0700

Why tease us with punch lines we can’t understand?


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150913a_half_baked_pie.mp3










Again We Find More Is Not Better

Sun, 23 Aug 2015 06:35:00 -0700

What good can come of new medical evidence?


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150823again_we_find_more_i.mp3




Are We Serious about Longer Working Hours?

Sun, 16 Aug 2015 06:35:00 -0700

It seems as if this is not in anyone's best interest.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150816are_we_serious_about.mp3




Mental Health Is Just Not the Same

Sun, 09 Aug 2015 06:35:00 -0700

The mental health parity law is just not working.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150809mental_health_is_jus.mp3




Antibiotic Overuse

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 06:35:00 -0700

Doctors and patients can’t seem to get this right


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150802antibiotic_overuse.mp3







A Disease with No Cause

Sun, 19 Jul 2015 06:35:00 -0700

Chronic kidney disease in rice farmers...


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150719a_disease_with_no_ca.mp3




Two Health Systems That Co-exist

Sun, 12 Jul 2015 06:35:00 -0700

Ayurvedic Medicine and its new sibling “western medicine”...


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150712two_health_systems_t.mp3




TB in Elephants

Sun, 05 Jul 2015 06:35:00 -0700

Disease spread from humans to animals.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150705tb_in_elephants.mp3




Culture and Gender in Sri Lanka

Sun, 28 Jun 2015 06:35:00 -0700

How do you change long held beliefs?


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150628culture_and_gender_i.mp3




Animal: Human Conflict

Sun, 21 Jun 2015 06:35:00 -0700

We're all from the same family...


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150621animal_human_conflic.mp3




Where Do They Get These FDA Advisory Committees?

Sun, 14 Jun 2015 06:35:00 -0700

Recommendations to approve two drugs that are not ready for prime time.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150614where_do_they_get_th.mp3




On the Ground in Nepal

Sun, 07 Jun 2015 06:35:00 -0700

We need to proceed with care.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150607on_the_ground_in_nep.mp3




Medico-voluntourism

Sun, 31 May 2015 06:35:00 -0700

Sometime our help isn't really help.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150531medico_voluntourism.mp3




One Health – New Evidence on the Environment – Body Link

Sun, 24 May 2015 06:35:00 -0700

It turns out air pollution impacts far more than our lungs.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150524one_health_2013_new_.mp3




Use of Placebos in Africa

Sun, 17 May 2015 06:35:00 -0700

Is deception ok when it helps the patient?


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150517use_of_placebos_in_a.mp3










How Do We Tell if Your Doctor Is Up to Date?

Sun, 26 Apr 2015 06:35:00 -0700

Something is amiss in how we re-certify doctors.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150426how_do_we_tell_if_yo.mp3




Is Government's Job to Protect Kids or Business?

Sun, 19 Apr 2015 06:35:00 -0700

It is clear why one in three kids is overweight.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150419is_governments_job_t.mp3




More on Hepatitis C

Sun, 12 Apr 2015 06:35:00 -0700

It's expensive, but does it work?


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150412more_on_hepatitis_c.mp3




Why We Don’t Tip the Doctor

Sun, 05 Apr 2015 06:35:00 -0700

An important cultural “no-no”...


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150405why_we_dont_tip_the_.mp3




Making Assumptions about Mental Illness

Sun, 29 Mar 2015 06:35:00 -0700

There is no easy way to screen so we need to rely on trust.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150329making_assumptions_a.mp3




A New Treatments for Hepatitis C

Sun, 22 Mar 2015 06:35:00 -0700

Why are we paying twice for this ultra-expensive drug?


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150322a_new_treatments_for.mp3




Violence in China

Sun, 15 Mar 2015 06:35:00 -0700

When patients and doctors are not on the same page...


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150315violence_in_china.mp3




Prostate Cancer Screening Revisited

Sun, 08 Mar 2015 06:35:00 -0700

No change in recommendation needed.


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150308prostate_cancer_scre.mp3




Sex Education a Changin'

Sun, 01 Mar 2015 06:35:00 -0800

And the web seems to be the great equalizer...


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150301sex_education_a_chan.mp3




Information Is Everything

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 06:35:00 -0800

If only we knew more about costs…


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http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/so/so150222information_is_every.mp3