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Second Opinion 5, brought to you from the producers of Second Opinion, explores the top 5 medical issues on various health topics. Please feel welcome to suggest a topic or send us your feedback.

With some parents deciding not to vaccinate their children, measles cases in the United States have reached a 20-year high. Our patient Emmi Herman relates the devastating impact this highly contagious childhood illness had on her own family.<--break- />

As more states make the use of medical marijuana legal, doctors and lay people alike question its use, its efficacy and the amount of research being done to help prove it is safe to treat certain conditions. Meet Beverly McClain who uses medical marijuana to help with her symptoms caused by the treatment she is receiving for Stage IV breast cancer.

5 ways to prevent skin cancer

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, these cancerous growths develop when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells triggers genetic defects that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors. 

Need a good reason to get out of your easy chair and into a healthier lifestyle?  Then consider the possibility that a lack of physical activity, together with other common health problems, can make you a prime candidate for a potentially life-threatening health condition called metabolic syndrome. In this edition of Second Opinion, you'll learn what metabolic syndrome is, find out about its causes and consequences, and get a handle on steps you can take to protect yourself from life-threatening medical problems.

Every day, doctors are faced with patients with symptoms that prove difficult to diagnose. When healthy and active Larry Luitjens shows up in his doctor’s office with some peculiar and frightening symptoms, his doctor is put to the test to find the cause and get him the treatment he desperately needs.