KCRW's Second Opinion
By Michael Wilkes, KCRW
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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 people face head-on when making medical decisions.
||Making Assumptions about Mental Illness||There is no easy way to screen so we need to rely on trust.||3/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A New Treatments for Hepatitis C||Why are we paying twice for this ultra-expensive drug?||3/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Violence in China||When patients and doctors are not on the same page...||3/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Prostate Cancer Screening Revisited||No change in recommendation needed.||3/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sex Education a Changin'||And the web seems to be the great equalizer...||2/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Information Is Everything||If only we knew more about costs?||2/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Drinking Alcohol for Health||It isn't very good news...||2/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Faulty Diagnosis||It's often not what we first suspect...||2/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Top 1%||Fair pay and physician strikes...||1/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Medications at the End of Life||When do we stop what isn't necessary?||1/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Does the Flu Medicine Work?||The data now provides us with some surprising answers.||1/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Do You Need to Have Your Cholesterol Checked?||New recommendations may surprise you.||1/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Paper Medical Records: A New Step Forward?||The electronic medical record is no passing fad.||1/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Hospital Care||You won?t be seeing your primary care doctor in the hospital...||12/23/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Two Patients and Two Doctors||We have some things we could learn?||12/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Attraction of Horoscopes||We really want to believe...||12/12/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||No Rest for the Weary||Caregiver fatigue impacts us all...||12/5/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Finding a New Doctor||Experience may not be all it is cracked up to be.||11/26/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Complexity in Healthcare||Customer care a thing of the past...||11/21/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Treating Heroin Addiction||We can pay now or pay later?||11/14/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Are There Certain Things that Are Off Limits for Doctors to Discuss?||Is family size a personal or population matter?||11/7/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Proposition 46||A loser all around...||10/31/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Alarms Are Driving Us Crazy||Alarms intended to protect are actually dangerous...||10/23/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||How Can We Be So Certain?||Perhaps we need a new type of dialogue...||10/17/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||New Approaches to Reducing Teen Pregnancy||A giant step toward female empowerment...||10/10/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
It's beneficial to all of us when we get impartial information like that offered by Dr. Wilkes. Information we ALL need to know.
I often wish I could find a physician who knew as much and cared as much as Dr. Wilkes.
Useful and thoughtful
I appreciate Dr. Wilkes not shying from the more controversial medical subjects. I wish my own medical professionals had that freedom......but malpractice fears surely keep them silent.