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Direct Connection Guests

Monday, January 22, 2018

Your Health: GammaPod

A first-of- its-kind radiation therapy system called the GammaPod, recently cleared for use in patients by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration, is an exciting new development in the treatment of early stage breast cancer.

Invented by University of Maryland School of Medicine scientists, the new system may shorten the treatment time and possibly eliminate the need for surgery for some patients with early breast cancers. University of Maryland radiation oncologist Dr. Elizabeth M. Nichols will explain how the GammaPod works and how it is different than standard radiation therapy.

Elizabeth M. Nichols, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology and Clinical Director, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Radiation Oncologist, University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center

Monday, January 15, 2018

Bed Bugs Scare

Last week, Atlanta-based pest control company Orkin released its "Top 50 Bed Bugs Cities" report, and Baltimore came in as number 1 for the second year in a row.

Michael Raupp
Professor of Entomology, University of Maryland

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Del. Cheryl Glenn joins us with her remarks on this day as we remember the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Del. Cheryl Glenn
(D) Baltimore City

Monday, January 8, 2018

2018 Car Trends

New cars and trends for 2018 with MotorWeek's car czar, John Davis.

John Davis
MotorWeek

Monday, December 18, 2017

Holiday Shopping

Brick and Mortar vs online shopping.

Sylvia Long-Tolbert, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University, Carey Business School

Your Health: How to Avoid a Food 'Hangover' During the Holidays

Holiday tables are loaded with traditional, family-favorite foods. Remarkably, it is the time of the year when the most calories are consumed!

Mary Beth Sodus, a registered dietitian and medical nutrition therapist at the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, will discuss how to avoid some of these pitfalls and eat healthier this holiday season and in the New Year.

Mary Beth Sodus
Registered Dietitian and Medical Nutrition Therapist, University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus

Monday, December 11, 2017

Proposed Tax Changes

A look at what the proposed tax law will mean for individuals and are there any last-minute tax moves people should consider making before the end of 2017?

JP Krahel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Accounting, Loyola University Sellinger School of Business

John Lyons
Partner, Gorfine, Schiller & Gardyn

Monday, December 4, 2017

Your Health: Blood Pressure

Do you know your blood pressure numbers? A new, comprehensive review of what constitutes high blood pressure changes the definition of hypertension, and could prompt major lifestyle changes for thousands of people who previously were told their blood pressure was normal.

Dr. Michael Miller, a preventive cardiologist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center, explains why the guidelines were updated, underscores the importance of controlling blood pressure to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, and explores what treatment options are recommended to control blood pressure and why non-drug therapies top the list.

Dr. Michael Miller
Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Epidemiology & Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine &
Director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, November 27, 2017

Maryland's Medical Dispensaries Set To Open

Jeffrey Kahn
Takoma Wellness Center

James Kahn
Takoma Wellness Center

Choosing A Healthcare Plan During Open Enrollment

Michele Eberle
Maryland Health Benefit Exchange
Maryland Health Connection

Monday, November 20, 2017

Holiday Cooking

A live in-studio demonstration (yes, turkey included) of how to make this Thanksgiving and overall holidays meals more special.

Kevin Grenzig
Regional Executive Chef, Wegmans

Your Health: Influenza – What's New In 2017, And Vaccination Recommendations

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors' visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. In what is known as "herd immunity", the more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women, and people with certain long-term health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.

Dr. Kathleen Neuzil
Director, Center for Vaccine Development, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, November 13, 2017

Duckpin Bowling

An old Baltimore tradition, that some say might have originated in this area, just got a revival in Parkville. We talk about the future of duckpin bowling with professional bowlers.

Chris Roth
Parkville Lanes

Monday, November 6, 2017

Dyslexia Awareness Program

Joyce Builfant stops by to talk about the Dyslexia Awareness program to benefit the International Dyslexia Foundation, headquartered in Baltimore, her recent memoir, My Four Hollywood Husbands, and her goal of bringing awareness to the impact of alcoholism on marriage and children.

Joyce Bulifant
Actress, author, and philanthropist

Your Health: Addiction and Substance Abuse

Addiction, substance abuse and drug overdoses are a growing epidemic across America, and Maryland is not immune to this serious public health challenge. In Maryland, the total number of overdose deaths has risen steadily since 2010, mainly due to the increase in heroin-related deaths. As it has become more difficult and expensive to obtain prescription opioids, people have switched to cheaper and more accessible heroin. Earlier this year, Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order declaring a State of Emergency in response to the crisis. And less than two weeks ago, President Trump declared a public health emergency over the opioid epidemic that is killing tens of thousands of Americans each year.

Dr. Christopher Welsh
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Donna Jacobs
University of Maryland Medical System

Monday, October 30, 2017

Your Health: Breast Cancer – Treating The Survivor As Well As The Cancer

Did you know that most breast cancers are not due to heredity and genetics? In fact, 85% of the 1 in 8 people who get breast cancer don't have a family history of the disease. With an almost 90% survival rate, a significant focus is being placed on the quality of life of the survivor during and post-treatment.

The University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center (UM SJMC) Cancer Institute is building a specialized program of complementary health therapies to coordinate with traditional treatment regimens. So where does breast cancer originate, and how might its origin affect recommended therapies? Do survival rates change with stage and type of breast cancer? If a patient does have a family history of breast cancer, is there a need to get genetic testing and be screened more frequently?

Dr. Rima Couzi
Medical Oncologist, University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center Cancer Institute

Monday, October 23, 2017

Your Health: Falls - A leading cause of death and disability

Nationally, falls are a close second to motor vehicle crashes as the leading mechanism of injury for trauma. The CDC reports that falls represented 23% of unintentional injury deaths just behind vehicle traffic deaths at 26% (2013 data).

In the state of Maryland, falls accounted for 66% of hospitalizations and 76% of deaths in those age 65+. (Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 2012)

Jay Menaker, MD
R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, UMMC

Kelly Westlake, PhD, MSc, PT
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Health Insurance Changes

Jonathan Weiner
Professor of Health Policy & Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Monday, October 16, 2017

Maryland Casinos New Gaming

A look at the Maryland lottery and casino industry and how casinos might be introducing new forms of gaming to meet their customers trends and demands.

Gordon Medenica
Director, Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency

Monday, October 9, 2017

Puppy Stool Infections

The CDC reported last month that puppies might be transmitting a potentially deadly bacteria infection called Campylobacter to the humans who handle their stool. 55 people are now sick in 12 states, including Maryland.

Dr. Jonathan Kaufman
Eastern Animal Hospital

Monday, October 2, 2017

Aftermath Of The Worst Mass Shooting In U.S. History

Col. Cedric Leighton
U.S. Air Force (RET)

Col. Edward Jackson (RET)
Criminal Professor Baltimore City Community College

Heather Pfeifer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Criminal Justice, University of Baltimore

Monday, September 25, 2017

Plan To Widen Highways

A look at Gov. Hogan's proposed $9 billion plan to expand three major highways with toll lanes.

Robert Thomson
Traffic & Transit Columnist, Washington D.C.

Your Health: Harnessing the body's immune system to treat cancer

Immunotherapy is showing great promise in treating a number of cancers, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first gene-altering therapy to spur the patient's own immune cells to recognize and attack their cancer. Dr. Aaron Rapoport, a hematologist/oncologist who directs the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, discusses the potential benefits as well as the possible side effects and what the FDA's action means for cancer patients.

Dr. Aaron Rapoport
The Gary Jobson Professor in Medical Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, September 18, 2017

Cassini - The Grand Finale

What did we learn from a 20-year long exploratory mission to Saturn?

Mike Flasar
Principal Investigator, CIRS instrument on Cassini, NASA/GSFC

Your Health: Traumatic Brain Injuries in Football Players

The link between football and traumatic brain injuries continues to strengthen. Dr. Eugenio Rocksmith, a neurologist at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute and an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will tell us what these new findings mean, what happens to your brain over time when it suffers repeated blows, and why some parents and young athletes may be re-thinking playing youth football.

​​Dr. Eugenio Rocksmith, MD
​Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine
Neurologist at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute

Monday, September 11, 2017

Hurricane Preparedness

With hurricane Irma battering the Caribbean and most of Florida we talk how you and your loved ones can be best prepared for weather's worst case scenarios.

Russ Strickland
Executive Director of MEMA

Consumer Scams

Latest consumer scams that you should be on the lookout for.

Angie Barnett
Better Business Bureau Serving Greater MD

Monday, September 4, 2017

Planning Ahead

What you need to know about wills, living wills and estate planning.

David Pessin
Pessin Katz Law

Monday, August 28, 2017

YOUR HEALTH: STRESS & MENTAL HEALTH IN KIDS

Depression and suicidal thoughts are a serious medical problem among youth today. Every year the amount of "downtime" our children have is decreasing and the demands on them is rising. We expect children to go to school for 6-8 hours a day, study for 2-3 more, excel in sports, sometimes spending 10 hours or more a week with extracurricular activities, and then want them to be "happy go lucky." Children are continually plugged in with faces in their phones, and if they take a break, often feel like their world leaves them behind. Our children can often feel overwhelmed and helpless to do anything about it.

​​Dr. Kimberly Cass
​Chair of Pediatrics, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health

Beating Addiction

How a 45 year winning battle with addiction was done.

Mike Gimbel
President, Mike Gimbel Associates

Monday, August 21, 2017

EmPOWER MARYLAND

A better way to manage and reduce energy consumption in our state.

​​Christopher Walls
​Manager of residential energy efficiency programs​, ​BGE​

ACCIDENTAL COURTESY

Renowned musician Daryl Davis stops by to talk about his unusual, controversial hobby: meeting and befriending members of KKK, many of whom have never met a black person. When some decide to leave the Klan, Daryl keeps their robes and hoods, a collection built piece by piece, story by story. Accidental Courtesy captures Daryl's search for answers to the question, "How can you hate me when you don't even know me?"

Daryl Davis
Musician & Actor

Monday, August 14, 2017

TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE

On August 21, 2017, for the first time in 38 years, there will be a total solar eclipse visible in the contiguous United States.

C. Alex Young, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Science & NASA Eclipse Lead, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

RACIAL CLASHES

Latest reaction to racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, amid changes coming to Confederate monuments in Maryland.

Brian Frosh
​Maryland Attorney General​

Monday, August 7, 2017

EYE SAFETY DURING THE SOLAR ECLIPSE

The solar eclipse on August 21 promises lots of excitement, but sun gazers could end up with eye damage if they don’t use proper protection. The eclipse will be visible throughout North America for the first time in almost a century. In some areas, the eclipse will be total, where the moon will completely cover the sun, while in most of the United States, including Maryland, a partial eclipse will be visible.

Dr. Lisa Schocket, an ophthalmologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will describe how staring at the sun’s bright light can damage the retina, the light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, sometimes causing blindness. She’ll also show how to view the eclipse safely with special glasses (regular sunglasses are not safe) and explain what to look for when selecting solar glasses. Dr. Schocket also has some interesting insights on the use of cameras and cellphones to take photos of the eclipse.

Dr. Lisa Schocket
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, July 31, 2017

PLANNING AHEAD

What you need to know about wills, living wills and estate planning.

David Pessin
Pessin Katz Law

Monday, July 24, 2017

Changing Grocery Business

More competition for your grocery store.

Jeff Metzeger
Publisher, Food World & Food Trade News

Your Health - Teen Driving

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. What can parents do to help their teenage children safely gain experience behind the wheel? Dr. Richard Lichenstein, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a pediatrician at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital, shares his best tips with us.

Dr. Richard Lichenstein, MD
Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine
Director of Pediatric Emergency Research at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital

Monday, July 17, 2017

Baltimore Crime

After a violent first half of 2017, Baltimore is considering a new local gun law.

Kevin Davis
Baltimore Police Commissioner

Monday, July 10, 2017

Lawn & Garden Care

How to protect your lawn and garden during the summer heat.

Carrie Engel
Valley View Farms

Your Health - Focused Ultrasound

MRI-guided focused ultrasound is an early-stage, non-invasive therapeutic technology that is transforming treatment for many medical disorders, including the neurological condition essential tremor. What is this new medical advancement, how does it work, and is it safe? Dr. Paul Fishman, a professor of neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and chief of neurology for the VA Maryland Health Care System, tells us about it.

Dr. Paul Fishman, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine
Neurologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, July 3, 2017

Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers restaurant chain making a comeback.

Jim Plamondon
Co-President of Roy Rogers® Restaurants

Your Health - Keeping Kids Safe This Summer

Keeping your kids safe during the summer.

Richard Lichenstein, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Research, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Pediatric Emergency Department Physician, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, June 26, 2017

Bike Safety

Another cyclist hit-and-run leaves many in the cycling community asking for answers.

Joshua Feldmark
Executive Director, BikeMaryland

Your Health - Cancer Survivorship

Recent statistics estimate that there are approximately 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States. Overall, cancer death rates in the US have gone down significantly over the last two decades, more specifically, death rates decreased by 23% between 1989 and 2012. While these are great trends, the lifetime chances of developing any kind of cancer are still very high.

Dr. Rima Couzi, MD
Medical Oncologist- Area Specialty- Breast Cancer
University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, Cancer Institute

Monday, June 19, 2017

Cable Service

Dealing with cable billing and service disputes can be tough, so how can you get the best out of your cable company?

Tonia Lee
Executive Director of the Mayor's Office of Cable and Communications

Your Health - Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. But by getting screened beginning at age 50, this disease is highly preventable.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and Amin Khan, MD, a gastroenterologist at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, is with us tonight to discuss colorectal health.

Dr. Amin Khan
University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center

Monday, June 12, 2017

Boating Safety

With summer boating season underway, safety agencies team up to reduce the "big three" boating violations: bow riding, insufficient life jackets and impaired operation.

Sara Wallace
U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Commander

Your Health - Men's Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the most recent data from the National Health Interview Survey, more than 12 percent of men age 18 and over are in fair or poor health, and just more than half meet federal physical activity guidelines. The top men's health threats include heart disease, cancer and unintentional injury, but thankfully, most men's health issues are largely preventable. This year, Men's Health Week is June 12 – 18, leading up to Father's Day.

Jason Ramirez, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine - University of Maryland School of Medicine
Director of Inpatient Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, June 5, 2017

Crab Cake Madness

See how some of the state's best crab cakes are put together and learn essential tips from top chefs for preparing a Maryland favorite!

Tony Minadakis
Owner & Chef, Jimmy's Famous Seafood

Damye Hahn
Manager & Fourth Generation, Faidley Seafood

Monday, May 22, 2017

Your Health - Pelvic Organ Prolapse

An increasing health problem among women is a condition known as pelvic organ prolapse. Often, women don't report it, or wait until symptoms are unbearable before seeking treatment.

How big of a problem is this, and what can be done about it? Dr. Harry Johnson, a urogynecologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center, will discuss the risk factors, symptoms and available treatments – and why women shouldn't suffer in silence.

Harry Johnson, MD
Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine
Director of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstruction at the University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, May 15, 2017

Real Estate Market Trends

A look at the real estate market and how easy is it to get approved for a mortgage these days.

Creig Northrop
The Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster Real Estate

Lynlea Cronin
Prosperity Mortgage

Your Health - Keeping Your Brain Healthy As You Age

Is it possible to age intelligently? In a world where people are living longer and longer (there are 65,000 Marylanders over the age of 80), how can we better understand our aging brains and maintain good quality of life?

Dr. Peter Crino, an internationally renowned neuroscientist and chair of neurology at the University of Maryland Medical Center, will discuss how our brains change as we get older, ways to keep your brain healthy as you age, and the differences between having a "senior moment" and a serious neurobiological disorder.

Peter B. Crino, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Chair of the Department of Neurology at University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, May 8, 2017

Future of Health Care

Now that the US House of Representatives has passed a bill to repeal and replace the Obamacare/Affordable Healthcare Act, we look at what's next for the future of health care for American citizens.

Rep. Andy Harris
(R) Maryland

Your Health - Women's Health

Not only do we celebrate Mother's Day in the month of May, but May is also when National Women's Check-Up Day (May 15) and National Women's Health Week (May 14 – 20) are recognized.

Pablo Argeles, MD, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Chair of OB-GYN at the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center, will be a guest on Maryland Public Television's Direct Connection "Your Health" program Monday evening discussing Women's Health issues.

Do you have a question about Women's Health? Submit your question via Twitter @MPTNews#yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. to see if your question is used on the show.

Pablo Argeles, MD
Chair of OB-GYN, University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Monday, May 1, 2017

New Bus Lines

A look at the debut of the new bus lines and what other changes are coming to your neighborhood with MTA administrator, Paul Comfort.

Paul Comfort
MTA Administrator

What Time Is It?

Restoring the massive clock on the historic Bromo Tower in Baltimore.

Tony Azola
Azola Building Rehab

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sharks in the Bay

We know there are crabs and oysters in it, but sharks in the bay? As part of our Chesapeake Bay Week special programming, we take a look at what kinds of sharks can be found in the Chesapeake Bay, how rare (or not) they are and where in the bay they've been seen so far. Have you spotted a shark in the bay? Tweet us @mptnews!

Angel Willey
Natural Resource Biologist, DNR

Alan Henningsen
Fishes Research, National Aquarium

Your Health - Living Liver Donation

While the treatment of some liver conditions continues to advance, a transplant is the only option for many people.

Transplant surgeon Dr. John LaMattina, Director of the Living Liver Transplant Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center, will discuss how surgeons can remove a portion of a living person's liver and transplant it to the liver recipient. April is National Donate Life month, a great time to register to be an organ donor.

John C. LaMattina, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Director of the Living Liver Transplant Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, April 24, 2017

Your Health - Living Liver Donation

While the treatment of some liver conditions continues to advance, a transplant is the only option for many people.

Transplant surgeon Dr. John LaMattina, Director of the Living Liver Transplant Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center, will discuss how surgeons can remove a portion of a living person's liver and transplant it to the liver recipient. April is National Donate Life month, a great time to register to be an organ donor.

John C. LaMattina, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Director of the Living Liver Transplant Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mayor Catherine Pugh

Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh stops by to take your calls and talk about her vision for the city.

Mayor Catherine Pugh
Baltimore City

Monday, April 10, 2017

Sine Die

A look at the 437th legislative session that's wrapping up.

Rushern Baker
(D) Prince George's County Executive

Barry Glassman
(R) Harford County Executive

Sine Die - Reporter's Perspective

A recap of this year's session and a look at what's ahead.

Pamela Wood
The Baltimore Sun

Monday, April 3, 2017

Your Health - Autism Awareness

Autism is a complex developmental disability usually diagnosed in childhood that affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with the world.

This month, the ever-popular and groundbreaking Sesame Street will introduce Julia, a new character to its neighborhood. Julia has autism. What do we really know about autism, and what can we learn? Dr. Stephen Thompson, pediatric neurologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and Dr. Katie Kane, child psychologist at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, will enlighten us on what autism is, what it is not – and why children with autism are the same, different and wonderful as other children.

Stephen Thompson, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Medical Director of Pediatric Neurology at University of Maryland Medical Center

Katie Kane, PsyD
Child Psychologist and Clinical Director of Autism Services, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital

Monday, March 27, 2017

A Legendary Radio Voice

A look at the legendary radio career of one of the most recognizable voices in radio, Diane Rehm.

Diane Rehm
Former NPR Show Host & Author, "On My Own"

Monday, March 20, 2017

First Two Months of Trump's Administration

Two months to the day after Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the United States we take a look at his foreign policy, healthcare reform and budget plans with U.S. Senator Ben Cardin.

Sen. Ben Cardin
(D) Maryland

Monday, March 13, 2017

Pesky Mother Nature

We examine the impact of the recent up-and-down weather and virtually no winter on plants and agriculture.

Carrie Engel
Valley View Farms

Your Health - Stroke Treatment & Recovery

Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds, that's nearly 800,000 people who have a stroke every year, with about three in four being first-time strokes.

Dr. Carolyn Cronin, a stroke specialist at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and Dr. Robynne Braun, co-director of the Stroke Unit at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute, will discuss signs of stroke, treatment for stroke, and rehabilitation options.

Dr. Carolyn Cronin
Neurologist, University of Maryland Medical Center

Dr. Robynne Braun
Co-Director of Stroke Rehab Unit, University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute

Monday, March 6, 2017

Cable Service

Dealing with cable billing and service disputes can be tough, so how can you get the best out of your cable company?

Tonia Lee
Executive Director of the Mayor's Office of Cable and Communications

Your Health - Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. But by getting screened beginning at age 50, this disease is highly preventable.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and Amin Khan, MD, a gastroenterologist at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, is with us tonight to discuss colorectal health.

Dr. Amin Khan
University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center

Monday, February 27, 2017

Trump & Politics

A preview of what we can expect from President's Trump Tuesday address to the US Congress.

Sen. Michael Hough
(R) Carroll & Frederick Counties

Sen. Will Smith
(D) Montgomery County

New Goucher Poll

A look at the new Goucher Poll findings and approval ratings.

Dr. Mileah Kromer
Director, Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center, Goucher College

Monday, February 20, 2017

Shopping for Gas/Electricity

Paula Carmody stops by to talk about shopping for gas and electricity suppliers.

Paula Carmody
People's Counsel for the State of Maryland

Your Health - Heal Your Heart

Stress and other negative emotions contribute to at least 25 percent of all heart attacks, but now, cutting-edge research shows that positive emotions cause a chemical change in your body that directly improves your overall cardiovascular health.

Dr. Michael Miller-- a leader in the fields of preventive and behavioral cardiology, the author of Heal Your Heart, a University of Maryland School of Medicine professor and Director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center, has a research-based plan that shows how eating certain foods, listening to specific kinds of music, and even increasing the amount of time an individual spends laughing can promote heart health and overall positive well-being.

Dr. Michael Miller
Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Epidemiology & Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, February 13, 2017

State Of The Judiciary and Travel Ban Court Ruling

A look at the the state of the judiciary under President Trump and at the Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. Also, the impact of the latest court ruling against reinstating the president's travel ban.

Arthur Fergenson
Litigator, Baltimore Area

Mark Graber
Regents Professor, University of Maryland Carey School of Law

Valentine's Day Last Minute Treat

Just in time for Valentine's Day we ask local masters of chocolate what's the best last minute treat for that special someone in your life.

Jennifer Hauser
Glarus Chocolatier

Monday, February 6, 2017

Your Health - Women's Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading killer of women in the United States, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year.

February is American Heart Month, and Mukta Srivastava, MD, an interventional cardiologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center and Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will be a guest on Maryland Public Television's Direct Connection "Your Health" program Monday evening discussing heart health.

Dr. Mukta Srivastava
Interventional cardiologist, University of Maryland Medical Center

A look at the Heroin Epidemic

As part of our special programming this week where we're shedding light on heroin addiction and what is being done about it.

Dr. Yngvild Olsen
Medical Director, Institutes for Behavior Resources, Inc.