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Direct Connection Guests

Monday, May 30, 2016

Trouble With Metro

As Metro fights criticism, we talk with WMATA GM Paul Wiedefeld about the planned initiatives to improve the Washington transit area.

Paul Wiedefeld
General Manager/CEO, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Your Health - Advances in Cardiac Surgery

A torn aorta is an emergency that can be fatal. A blocked artery can kill heart muscle. And heart valve disease can be life-threatening. What's new in heart surgery to treat these serious problems? Find out as University of Maryland cardiac surgeon Dr. Bradley Taylor discusses treatment options that can save lives. Taylor will also explain what to look for in a cardiac surgeon and what to expect if you're a heart surgery patient.

Do you have a question about cardiac surgery? Send us your question via Twitter @ MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on May 23 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Bradley Taylor, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Director of Coronary Revascularization, University of Maryland Medical Center

Maryland Vietnam War Stories

Maryland Vietnam War Stories Executive Producer Ken Day and Fred Shinbur, coordinator, MPT Salutes Vietnam Veterans preview the 3 part special beginning May 24 @ 8pm.

Ken Day
Executive Producer

Fred Shinbur
Project Coordinator

Monday, May 16, 2016

New Driver's License & ID Cards

Why some say that the new Maryland driver's licenses are the most secure in the nation.

Christine Nizer
MVA Administrator

Your Health - Hernias 101

University of Maryland surgeon Dr. Stephen Kavic will explain the different types of hernias and explore treatment options – including surgery using minimally invasive techniques that may hasten recovery. Dr. Kavic will also discuss what causes hernias and what, if anything, you can do to prevent them.

Do you have a question about hernias? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on May 16 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Stephen Kavic, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Surgeon, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, May 9, 2016

Metro Initiatives

As Metro gains momentum, we talk with WMATA GM Paul Wiedefeld about the planned initiatives to benefit the Washington transit area.

Paul Wiedefeld
General Manager/CEO, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro)

Monday, May 2, 2016

Education Reform

The expansion of high-quality online academic programs and what they mean for those seeking a pathway to a college degree.

Burck Smith
CEO, StraighterLine

Monday, April 25, 2016

Election Day

Discussing the new voting procedure in effect for tomorrow's polling stations.

Armstead Jones
Election Director, Baltimore City Board of Elections

Your Health - Allergies and Asthma

Now that spring is here, millions of Americans are struggling with seasonal allergies and asthma. High levels of pollen and other allergens can cause watery eyes, runny nose and cough. Who is most commonly affected? What are the best remedies for relief?

University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center allergy and asthma specialist Matthew Mardiney, MS, MD, will answer your questions and offer some useful tips for coping with seasonal allergies and asthma.

Do you have a question about allergies and asthma? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on April 25 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Matthew Mardiney, MS, MD
Asthma and Allergy Specialist, University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center

Monday, April 18, 2016

How To Manage Your Health

Navigating the healthcare system while avoiding mistakes and getting results.

Leslie Michelson
Author, The Patient's Playbook

Monday, April 11, 2016

2016 Legislative Session Wrap-up

A live discussion from the Annapolis State House with Maryland County Executives about what was accomplished during this year's legislative session.

Allan Kittleman
(R) Howard County Executive

Rushern Baker
(D) Prince George's County Executive

Your Health - Gut Bacteria and Your Health

Dr. Claire M. Fraser, director of the University of Maryland School of Medicine Institute for Genome Sciences and a leading researcher on the "gut microbiome," will discuss how microorganisms that inhabit the human digestive tract may be linked to obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes, stroke risk, cardiovascular disease and other conditions. She will also explain how our genes and what we eat affect what some have called "the forgotten organ."

Do you have a question about the "gut microbiome"? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Claire M. Fraser, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology
Director, Institute for Genome Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, April 4, 2016

America's Most Famous Bald Eagles Couple & Eaglets

America's most famous bald eagles couple is busy parenting their eaglets at the National Arboretum - and they're doing this while millions of people watch the live stream.

Dan Rauch
DOEE Wildlife Biologist
Watch the LIVE stream here.

To Mars And Beyond

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University will help NASA identify the best-skilled astronauts for the next Mars mission.

Michael Rosen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety & Quality, Johns Hopkins University

Monday, March 28, 2016

Your Health - Proton Therapy: A New Tool to Fight Cancer

Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation therapy and a powerful new tool in the cancer-fighting toolbox. Charged nuclear particles traveling near the speed of light destroy tumors but don't invade healthy, surrounding tissue, thereby reducing potential side effects.

Dr. Regine, executive director of the recently opened Maryland Proton Treatment Center, will explain how proton therapy works and why it's different than traditional radiation therapy.

William F. Regine, MD
Isadore & Fannie Foxman Schneider Endowed Chairman and Professor of Radiation Oncology, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Executive Director, Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC)

Monday, March 21, 2016

Eyes On Politics

With Sen. Marco Rubio dropping out of the race, we look at what's next for the presidential hopefuls.

Matthew Crenson
Professor Emeritus & Academy Professor, Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Laura Hussey
Political Science Professor, UMBC

Prime Time Living - Senior Fitness and Wellness

Prime Time LivingHow often and how long should the older adult exercise? We discuss fitness, wellness and motivational tips for seniors with Charles county Senior Center coordinator, Deborah Shanks.

Deborah Shanks
Physical Fitness Coordinator, Charles County Senior Centers

Monday, March 14, 2016

Tax Help Preparation

Free tax prep tips for low-income individuals and families and what's new this tax prep season that could impact people's returns.

Rob Bader
Director of Tax Operations, Baltimore CASH Campaign

Your Health - Mental Health: Ending the Stigma

Every year, about 42.5 million American adults (or 18.2 percent of the total adult population in the United States) suffers from some mental illness, enduring conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

Dwight Holmes, Director of Psychiatric Services at University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center, and Kurt Haspert, UM BWMC addiction medicine nurse practitioner, will talk about the state of mental health in Maryland and what types of services are available for those who seek treatment. They will also discuss the role substance abuse plays in the treatment of mental health issues.

Do you have a question about mental health or substance abuse? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Monday, March 14, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dwight S. Holmes, LCSW-C
Director of Psychiatric Services, University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Kurt Haspert, MS, CRNP, APN-BC
Addiction Medicine Nurse Practitioner, University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Monday, March 7, 2016

Prime Time Living - Healthy Choices

Prime Time LivingMaking healthy food choices when visiting grocery store meal buffets can be challenging. We discuss the dos and don'ts and how to reach your optimal heath with Erin Peisach.

Erin Peisach
Owner, Nutrition by Erin

Monday, February 29, 2016

The Power of the Political Ad

We're taking a look at some of the most influential political ads released by the candidates running to be the next president of the United States.

Drew Babb
Drew Babb & Associates

Your Health - Get The Facts About Zika

As it spreads throughout South and Central America and travel-associated cases are discovered in the United States, Zika Virus presents a unique challenge to health officials and to the public. University of Maryland School of Medicine infectious disease specialist Dr. Matthew Laurens will offer insight into the virus, its potential hazards, advice for pregnant women, and the possibility that local cases may spread to the United States. Dr. Laurens will also discuss the CDC recommendations for travel to areas where Zika transmission is ongoing.

Matthew Laurens, MD
Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine's Institute for Global Health

Monday, February 22, 2016

National Politics Arena

A look at the latest in the presidential election race plus the Maryland Senate race.

Herb Smith, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science, McDaniel College

Melissa Deckman, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor of Political Science​,​ ​Washington College

Your Health - Coffee Lovers Beware

February is American Heart Month, and in addition to discussing caffeine consumption and cardiac health, Dr. Pollock will also share heart healthy tips, and advice on who should be screened for heart abnormalities, when these screenings should occur, the types of tests recommended, and when specialized heart interventions are necessary.

Do you have a question about heart health? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Monday, February 22 at 7:30 pm to see if we use your question on the show.

Stephen H. Pollock, MD
Cardiologist, University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center

Monday, February 8, 2016

National Politics Arena

With the New Hampshire Primary just one day away, we take a closer look at the candidates racing for the Presidency of the United States.

John McTague
Professor, Political Science, Towson University

Todd Eberly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, St. Mary's College of Maryland

Prime Time Living - Dating and the Single Senior

In this first episode of Prime Time Living, our new co-production with the Maryland Department of Aging, we are exploring dating options, importance and advice for single seniors.

Prime Time LivingMeredith Ritchie
The IMAGE Center

Monday, February 1, 2016

US Higher Education Landscape

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski joins us to talk about UMBC's upcoming 50th anniversary, new partnerships and initiatives meant to positively change the higher education landscape.

Freeman Hrabowski, Ph.D.
President, UMBC

Your Health - Promising Treatments for Leukemia and Other Blood Cancers

Out of every 100 Americans, one or two will be diagnosed with leukemia during their lifetimes. The cause of leukemia and other cancers that originate in the bone marrow is not yet understood, but new treatments are dramatically prolonging the lives of those with blood cancers.

University of Maryland hematologic oncologist Dr. Maria Baer says that our increasing knowledge of genes and molecular medicine is helping researchers to develop drugs that inhibit cancer growth. These drugs target and kill only cancer cells, sparing healthy cells so that patients can lead more normal lives during treatment.

Do you have a question about leukemia or another blood cancer? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Monday, February 1, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

UMMS logoMaria Baer, MD
Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Director, Hematologic Malignancies
University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center

Monday, January 25, 2016

Winners and Losers

A look at the Powerball sales, facts and figures, and a post-jackpot run commentary.

Gordon Medenica
Director, Maryland Lottery & Gaming Control Agency

Monday, January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

A look at the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with Reginald F. Lewis Museum's executive director, Skipp Sanders.

Skipp Sanders
Executive Director, Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Your Health - Osteoporosis: The Silent Disease

More than 53 million people in the U.S. have osteoporosis or a condition known as osteopenia, or low bone mass, which puts them at high risk of developing it. The disease thins and weakens bones, making them fragile and easy to break. Women are four times more likely than men to have it.

Although age is a risk factor, osteoporosis is not an inevitable result of getting older. University of Maryland endocrinologist Dr. Elizabeth Streeten says osteoporosis can generally be detected and treated successfully. In this interview, she will discuss osteoporosis treatment and things you can do to help lower your risk.

Do you have a question about osteoporosis? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Elizabeth Streeten, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Endocrinologist and Clinical Geneticist, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, January 11, 2016

Gun Control

Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson met with President Barack Obama and law enforcement leaders to talk about the president's gun control measures.

Jim Johnson
Chief, Baltimore County Police

New Bus Routes

BaltimoreLink, a new interconnected transit system is set to completely transform the Baltimore metropolitan area's local and express bus systems.

Paul Comfort
Administrator, Maryland Transit Administration

Monday, January 4, 2016

Getting The Best Deal

As winter finally arrives, how to make sure you're getting the best deal on electricity or gas.

Paula Carmody
People's Counsel for the State of Maryland
http://www.opc.state.md.us/

Your Health - Keeping Resolutions to Eat Healthier

Do you start every new year pledging to eat healthier foods and get more exercise only to slide back into your old habits? Gabrielle Judd, a registered dietitian at the University of Maryland Medical Center, will provide some tips on how you can follow through on your New Year's resolutions – and shed those extra pounds.

Do you have a question about healthy eating and losing weight? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Gabrielle Judd, RD, CNSC, LDN
Clinical Dietitian, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, December 21, 2015

Your Health - Seasonal Affective Disorder

During the fall and winter months, as the days grow shorter, some people become depressed and anxious and have trouble sleeping. Is this just the "winter blues," or do they have a condition known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD? Experts are not sure what causes SAD, but it may be linked to the lack of natural sunlight, which disrupts a person's biological clock.

University of Maryland psychiatrist and SAD expert Dr. Teodor Postolache will talk about the symptoms and how this condition is diagnosed and treated. He will also explain how seasonal affective disorder is different from other types of depression.

Do you have a question about seasonal affective disorder? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Teodor Postolache, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Psychiatrist
University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, December 14, 2015

Every Student Succeeds Act

A look at the passage of Every Student Succeeds Act, meant to end No Child Left Behind act, and its implications for the U.S. education system.

David Steiner
Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy

Monday, December 7, 2015

Smart Holidays Spending

Also known as the go-to wealth coach, Deborah Owens joins us to discuss how to keep your holiday spending under control and make smart financial decisions.

Deborah Owens
CEO, Owens Media Group

Your Health - Deep Vein Thrombosis

What is deep vein thrombosis, or DVT? It's a blood clot that forms in a deep vein in the body, commonly a leg, which can cause a potentially life-threatening problem if a piece of the clot breaks off and travels to the lungs as a pulmonary embolism. Up to 900,000 Americans may experience a deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism each year.

Dr. Rafael Cires-Drouet, a University of Maryland vascular medicine expert, will explain who is at risk for developing DVT and how it diagnosed and treated. He will also talk about ways to help prevent these types of blood clots from occurring.

Do you have a question about deep vein thrombosis? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Rafael Cires-Drouet, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Vascular Medicine Physician, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, November 23, 2015

Vaping Controversy

A close look at the debate over the use of electronic cigarettes also known as vaping.

Ron Ward
Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA)

John O'Hara
President, Maryland Group Against Smoker's Pollution (MDGASP)

Your Health - Prediabetes

More than one in three, or 86 million, Americans have prediabetes, which means their blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to have type 2 diabetes. If they don't lose weight and change their lifestyle, 15 to 30 percent of them will go on to develop type 2 diabetes within five years, putting them at risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and blindness.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and Angela Ginn-Meadow, senior diabetes education coordinator at the University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at UMMC Midtown Campus, will discuss prediabetes and diabetes and what people can do to help reduce their risk.

Do you have a question about prediabetes or diabetes? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on November 23 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Angela Ginn-Meadow, RDN, LDN, CDE
Senior diabetes education coordinator at University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at UMMC Midtown Campus

Monday, November 16, 2015

Open Enrollment Underway

With the third season of Maryland Health Connection underway, we discuss the improvements and highlights for 2016.

Carolyn Quattrocki
Director, Maryland Health Benefit Exchange

Online Sports Betting Controversy

A look at the controversy around online sports betting companies like DraftKings and FanDuel.

Dionne Koller
Center For Sport And The Law, University of Baltimore

Monday, November 9, 2015

School Testing

Interim State Superintendent of Schools, Jack Smith, stops by to talk about the latest PARCC test results.

Jack Smith
Interim State Superintendent of Schools

Your Health - Kidney Disease

An estimated 26 million adults in the U.S. have chronic kidney disease, and millions more are at increased risk of developing it. There are often no symptoms until the disease is more advanced. In this interview, University of Maryland nephrologist Dr. Matthew Weir will discuss what causes kidney disease, how it is treated and what you can do to help prevent it.

Do you have a question about kidney disease? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Monday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Matthew Weir, MD
Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Nephrologist, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, November 2, 2015

Call-blocking Technology

Attorney General Brian E. Frosh is calling on five major telephone companies to offer call-blocking technology that would enable their customers to prevent unwanted calls. He stops by to talk about his decision.

Brian E. Frosh
Maryland Attorney General

Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine is an approach to healing that values mind, body and spirit. It aims to care for the whole person, not only physical symptoms, but also psychological, social, environmental and spiritual aspects of health and illness.

Practitioners include physicians as well as other health professionals, such as counselors, acupuncturists and hands-on therapists. Acupuncture, massage, yoga, guided imagery, nutritional supplements and meditation are common therapies. John Reed. MD, MDiv, of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland, will discuss how integrative medicine is used and how it can help in the healing process.

Dr. John C. Reed
Director, Inpatient Services, Center for Integrative Medicine
University of Maryland Medical Center
Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, October 26, 2015

Your Health – Breast Cancer

Armed with more information about the biology of breast cancers, doctors are now better able to tailor their treatments to the individual patient. Advances in surgery, radiation therapy and drug therapies have meant more targeted, sometimes less invasive, treatment options for patients.

University of Maryland breast surgeon Dr. Susan Kesmodel and radiation oncologist Dr. Steven Feigenberg will discuss the latest developments in treating breast cancer.

Do you have a question about breast cancer? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on October 26 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Susan Kesmodel, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Director of Breast Surgery, University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center

Steven Feigenberg, M.D.
Professor of Radiation Oncology, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Radiation Oncologist, University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center

Monday, October 19, 2015

New EMV/chip Card Technology

Wade Barnes joins us to discuss the new EMV/chip card technology and tell viewers what merchants and consumers need to know about the EMV liability shift that occurred on October 1.

Wade Barnes
Senior Vice President, Director of Retail Banking, 1st Mariner Bank

Chip Card Technology Scams

Angie Barnett will talk about the new chip cards technology and scams associated with it and what consumers should know.

Angie Barnett
President/CEO, Better Business Bureau|Greater Maryland

Monday, October 12, 2015

School Air Conditioning

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz joins us to talk about plans to get more funding to get air conditioning in all county schools.

Kevin Kamenetz
Baltimore County Executive

Your Health – Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence – the involuntary loss of bladder control – is a common and often embarrassing condition that can have a negative impact on quality of life. Up to 30 percent of women are affected, and the severity often increases with age.

University of Maryland gynecologic surgeon Dr. Harry Johnson will discuss different types of urinary incontinence, what causes them and the latest treatment options.

Do you have a question about urinary incontinence? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on October 12, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Harry Johnson, MD
Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Director of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstruction, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, October 5, 2015

Race In Your Community

The complex and evolving issue of race in America and in local communities.

Sherrilyn Ifill
President of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Michael Higginbotham
Author, Ghosts of Jim Crow: Ending Racism in Post-Racial America
The Joseph Curtis Professor of Law, University of Baltimore

Dwight Watkins
Author, The Beast Side

Sheri Parks Ph.d
Associate Professor, University of Maryland

Monday, September 28, 2015

Your Health - Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are benign growths that develop in the muscular wall of the uterus. While fibroids do not always cause symptoms, their size and location can lead to problems for some women.

University of Maryland interventional radiologist Dr. Howard Richard will discuss several options for treating uterine fibroids, including a minimally-invasive procedure called uterine fibroid embolization.

Do you have a question about uterine fibroids? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on September 28, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Howard Richard, M.D.
Associate Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Interventional Radiologist, University of Maryland Medical Center

Pope Francis' Visit to the U.S.

Fritz Bauerschmidt, author and a permanent deacon of Archdiocese of Baltimore, will reflect on the issues addressed during the recent Pope visit.

Fritz Bauerschmidt
Associate Professor, Department of Theology, Loyola College in Maryland

Monday, September 14, 2015

Your Health - Keeping Student Athletes Safe

With the start of the fall sports season, high school and college athletes face any number of potential issues, ranging from broken bones and concussions to dehydration and ligament tears. But they are also in danger of experiencing problems off the field as well, such as depression and eating disorders.

University of Maryland sports medicine expert Dr. Yvette Rooks will discuss how parents, coaches and trainers can work together to help keep student athletes safe. Dr. Rooks, a primary care physician, is the head team physician for the University of Maryland Terps athletic teams.

Do you have a question about student athletes' health? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on September 14, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Yvette Rooks, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Primary Care Physician, University of Maryland Medical Center
Head Team Physician, University of Maryland Terrapins

Earned Sick and Safe Leave Bill

Questions and concerns about the Prince George's County introduction of the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Bill, and how it may affect residents and small businesses.

Melissa Broome
Deputy Director, Job Opportunities Task Force

Monday, September 7, 2015

Your Health - Diabetes Prevention

One in every three Americans is at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. But you may be able to delay or prevent the disease by following a few basic rules – control your weight, eat a healthy diet and stay active.

University of Maryland endocrinologist Dr. Nanette I. Steinle will talk about how you can improve your diet and make other lifestyle changes that will not only help to prevent Type 2 diabetes but also cardiovascular disease. She will also offer suggestions on how you can get started.

Nanette I. Steinle, M.D., R.D.N.
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Endocrinologist, University of Maryland Diabetes and Endocrinology Center, UMMC Midtown Campus
Interim Chief, Diabetes and Endocrine Section, Baltimore VA Medical Center

Legal Help for Seniors

Susan Francis, deputy director of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, joins us to talk about the options available to seniors when it comes to getting legal help.

Susan Francis
Deputy Director, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Monday, August 31, 2015

Remembering Governor Marvin Mandel

Former Governor Marvin Mandel, who was one of Maryland's most effective chief executives, but was forced from power on corruption charges in 1977, died on August 30. He was 95. He ran for a full four-year term in 1970 and was elected by a 2-to-1 margin. Four years later, his re-election was another landslide.

Frank DeFilippo
Governor Mandel Press Secretary

Successful Parenting

Sarah Hamaker stops by to talk about effective parenting discipline and the essential tools every parent needs just in time for the beginning of school.

Sarah Hamaker
Certified Leadership Parenting Coach™

Monday, August 24, 2015

Real Estate Market

Is it time to buy a new home or is it time to sell your property? We take a look at the area's real estate market.

Creig Northrop
President & CEO, The Creig Northrop Team Of Long & Foster Real Estate

Mike Dunn
Senior Vice President, Bay Capital Mortgage Corp.

Your Health - Body Contouring

For some people, bariatric surgery can lead to dramatic weight loss, but it can also leave excess skin that may produce irritation and infection. In body contouring, a plastic surgeon removes the excess skin and helps restore the body's shape. It's a procedure that some 42,000 people undergo each year in the United States.

In this interview, University of Maryland plastic surgeon Dr. Rachel Bluebond-Langner will discuss body contouring as part of the massive weight loss process, including what parts of the body can be contoured, and what options are available.

Do you have a question about body contouring after weight loss surgery? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on August 24, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Rachel Bluebond-Langner, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Plastic Surgeon, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, August 17, 2015

Call-blocking Technology

Attorney General Brian E. Frosh is calling on five major telephone companies to offer call-blocking technology that would enable their customers to prevent unwanted calls. He stops by to talk about his decision.

Brian E. Frosh
Maryland Attorney General

Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine is an approach to healing that values mind, body and spirit. It aims to care for the whole person, not only physical symptoms, but also psychological, social, environmental and spiritual aspects of health and illness.

Practitioners include physicians as well as other health professionals, such as counselors, acupuncturists and hands-on therapists. Acupuncture, massage, yoga, guided imagery, nutritional supplements and meditation are common therapies. John Reed. MD, MDiv, of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland, will discuss how integrative medicine is used and how it can help in the healing process.

Dr. John C. Reed
Director, Inpatient Services, Center for Integrative Medicine
University of Maryland Medical Center
Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, August 10, 2015

Identity Theft Prevention

In light of the massive Chinese hack of federal workers data we talk about the efforts necessary to step up protections against identity theft in the future.

Rebecca G. Bowman
Administrator, Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs

Your Health - Vascular Health

In this interview, University of Maryland vascular surgeon Dr. Michael Lilly will discuss various types of vascular disease, common risk factors, treatment options and the importance of screening and prevention in maintaining vascular health.

Michael P. Lilly, M.D.
Professor of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Director, Maryland Vascular Center and Chief of Surgery
University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus

Monday, August 3, 2015

Bug Of The Week

We're taking a close look at summer's most unwanted stinging guests - mosquitoes and ticks. And what happened to the stink bugs?

Michael J. Raupp
Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Maryland

Monday, July 27, 2015

Automotive Questions

Everything you need to know about your car or truck.

Chris Lawrence
Owner, KC Automotive

Your Health - Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, and the vast majority of lung cancers are associated with smoking.

Dr. Galen Ohnmacht, a thoracic and cardiac surgeon at the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center, will discuss who should be screened and how effective this technology is in detecting lung cancer at an early stage.

Do you have a question about CT screening for lung cancer? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on July 27, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Galen A. Ohnmacht, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon, University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Monday, July 20, 2015

Eyes On Pluto

A close look at New Horizons, NASA's first mission past the dwarf planet Pluto and its moons.

Dr. Harold (Hal) Weaver
Project Scientist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Monday, July 13, 2015

Kurt Schmoke - New Role, New Look At Baltimore

Former Baltimore City Mayor and Baltimore City State's Attorney, Kurt Schmoke, joins us to talk about his new role at University of Baltimore and give his take on how the city can best fight crime.

Kurt Schmoke
President, University of Baltimore

Your Health - Elbow Injuries

Elbow injuries are quite common, and not only among professional athletes. University of Maryland orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Syed Asfaq Hasan will discuss elbow injuries, what causes them and how doctors typically treat them. He will also talk about what you can do to help prevent elbow injuries while still taking part in your favorite sports activities.

Do you have a question about elbow injuries? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on July 13, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Syed Ashfaq Hasan
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Orthopaedic Surgeon, University of Maryland Medical Center
University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute

Monday, July 6, 2015

Keeping Pets Happy

Hot summer days and extreme temperatures can take a toll on our pets, so how can we best protect them and keep them happy and healthy? Dr. Jonathan Kaufman of Eastern Animal Hospital joins us with answers.

Dr. Jonathan Kaufman
Eastern Animal Hospital

Monday, June 29, 2015

Keeping Public Pools Safe

In light of a new CDC report about water quality in public pools, we ask what organizations do to keep pool water safe and what people should think about the new study.

Terry Brown
Vice President at Buddy's Pool & Spas

David Greisman
Media Relations Specialist, Columbia Association

Your Health - Lymphoma

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has announced that he has advanced B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma and is facing 18 weeks of chemotherapy treatments. Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, part of the body's immune system, accounts for about 4 percent of all cancers; an estimated 71,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States.

University of Maryland hematologist/oncologist Dr. Arnob Banerjee, who is not involved in the governor's medical care, specializes in treating this cancer. In this interview, he will explain the different types of lymphoma, how they are treated and what patients can expect after receiving treatment. Dr. Banerjee will also talk about the latest developments in research.

Do you have a question about lymphoma? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on June 29 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Arnob Banerjee, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Hematologist/Oncologist
University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center

Monday, June 22, 2015

Baltimore Violence

In light of the recent violence in Baltimore City, we're looking at what has been done and still needs to be addressed two months after the Baltimore riots.

Edward Jackson
Retired Baltimore Police Colonel

Kevin Shird
Co-Founder & Executive Director, The Mario Do Right Foundation

Dr. Lisa Weah
Pastor, New Bethlehem Baptist Church

Monday, June 15, 2015

Identity Theft Prevention

In light of the massive Chinese hack of federal workers data we talk about the efforts necessary to step up protections against identity theft in the future.

Rebecca G. Bowman
Administrator, Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs

Your Health - Vascular Health

If you took all of the blood vessels in the body and laid them in a straight line, the line would stretch more than 60,000 miles. So it's not surprising that things can go wrong with the amazing collection of arteries, veins and capillaries that make up our vascular system.

In this interview, University of Maryland vascular surgeon Dr. Michael Lilly will discuss various types of vascular disease, common risk factors, treatment options and the importance of screening and prevention in maintaining vascular health.

Do you have a question about vascular disease? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on June 15, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Michael P. Lilly, M.D.
Professor of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Director, Maryland Vascular Center and Chief of Surgery
University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus

Monday, June 8, 2015

Beyond The Preakness

Sal Sinatra looks ahead at the horse racing industry in Maryland beyond the Preakness.

Sal Sinatra
GM, Maryland Jockey Club

Maryland Traffic

Washington Post's famous traffic blogger, Dr. Gridlock, joins us to talk about congestion issues on the Beltway and other Maryland roads.

Robert Thomson
Dr. Gridlock, The Washington Post

Monday, June 1, 2015

Running For Office

Clarence M. Mitchell, IV gives his thoughts on former Gov. Martin O'Malley's presidential campaign and what comes next in Baltimore city.

Clarence M. Mitchell, IV
Host, The C4 Show WBAL Radio

Your Health - Telemental Health

According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, a unit of the Department of Health and Human Services, some 96.5 million Americans are living in areas with a shortage of mental health providers. Telemental health could improve access to mental health care services for those in areas of need.

In this interview, University of Maryland psychiatrist Dr. Nicole Gloff and licensed clinical professional counselor Robert White will discuss how telemental health works and the benefits it offers for patients and providers.

Do you have a question about mental health services? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on June 1, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Nicole Gloff, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Psychiatrist, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Associate Director, Telemental Health, University of Maryland Medical Center

Robert White, LCPC
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Director, Behavioral Health, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, May 25, 2015

Behind the scenes of a 911 call

Edward Hopkins and Rhonda Hinch join us in studio to talk about what goes on behind the scenes of a 911 call and dispatch.

Edward Hopkins
Director, Harford County Emergency Services

Rhonda Hinch
Public Safety Dispatcher, Harford County Emergency Services

Monday, May 18, 2015

Your Health - Diabetes Prevention

One in every three Americans is at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. But you may be able to delay or prevent the disease by following a few basic rules – control your weight, eat a healthy diet and stay active.

University of Maryland endocrinologist Dr. Nanette I. Steinle will talk about how you can improve your diet and make other lifestyle changes that will not only help to prevent Type 2 diabetes but also cardiovascular disease. She will also offer suggestions on how you can get started.

Do you have a question about diabetes prevention? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on May 18 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Nanette I. Steinle, M.D., R.D.N.
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Endocrinologist, University of Maryland Diabetes and Endocrinology Center, UMMC Midtown Campus
Interim Chief, Diabetes and Endocrine Section, Baltimore VA Medical Center

Legal Help for Seniors

Susan Francis, deputy director of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, joins us to talk about the options available to seniors when it comes to getting legal help.

Susan Francis
Deputy Director, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Monday, May 11, 2015

Miracle Watch

Is the new Apple Watch the next big thing? We'll have the answer for you Monday on Direct Connection.

Sa'ad Raouf
Mindgrub

Your Health - Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare, but aggressive, cancer that often attacks the lining of the lungs and chest cavity but also can be found in the lining of the heart and abdomen. Caused primarily by exposure to asbestos, it is a cancer that can take decades to develop. Dr. Joseph Friedberg, thoracic surgeon-in-chief of the University of Maryland Medical System, will discuss who is at risk for developing mesothelioma and why it is so difficult to diagnose and treat. Dr. Friedberg also will talk about surgery, chemotherapy and other treatment options, including clinical trials.

Do you have a question about mesothelioma? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on May 11 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Joseph S. Friedberg, MD
Charles Reid Edwards Professor of Surgery and Head of the Division of Thoracic Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Chief of Thoracic Surgery, University of Maryland Medical Center
Thoracic Surgeon-in-Chief, University of Maryland Medical System

Monday, May 4, 2015

Baltimore Uprising

We're continuing our coverage of the latest Baltimore events by discussing their impact, what's next for the city and ways to rebuild the trust between the community and police.

Sheila Dixon
Former Baltimore City Mayor

Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, III
Pastor, Pleasant Hope Baptist Church

Hamin Shabazz
Chair, Department of Criminal Justice, Stevenson University

Monday, April 27, 2015

Baltimore Protests

We are joined by local experts to discuss the events surrounding Freddie Gray's arrest, death and the aftermath.

Neill Franklin
Retired State Police Major and Executive Director of LEAP

Michael Higginbotham
Professor, Univ. of Baltimore School of Law

Last Days in Vietnam

Fred Shinbur joins us to explore the local impact of the Vietnam War.

Fred Shinbur
Maryland Veterans Commission

Monday, April 20, 2015

Bay Summit 2015 Preview

All things Bay and a preview of the upcoming Chesapeake Bay Week Summit.

Frank Sesno
Director, School of Media and Public Affairs
The George Washington University

Your Health - Performance-enhancing drugs and teen athletes

Professional athletes are not the only ones taking performance-enhancing drugs to gain a competitive edge. High school athletes are also experimenting with anabolic steroids and other banned substances. A survey released last year found that use of a synthetic human growth hormone by high school students doubled from 5 to 11 percent in a year. Steroid use rose by 5 to 7 percent.

Brian Perez, executive director of the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center's Powered by ME! program, and Dr. Bill Howard, a sports medicine specialist with the University of Maryland Medical System, will discuss what's happening locally and how the Powered by ME! program is educating high school athletes in Maryland about the dangers of taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Do you have a question about this issue? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on April 20, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Brian Perez, MS, LAT, ATC
Executive Director, Powered by ME!
University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center

William H.B. Howard, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery and Orthopaedics
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Orthopaedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Physician
University of Maryland Medical System (UM Sports Medicine)

Monday, April 13, 2015

2015 Legislative Session Wrap-up

A live discussion with Maryland County Executives about what was accomplished during this year's legislative session.

Steve Schuh
(R) Anne Arundel County Executive

Rushern Baker
(D) Prince George's County Executive

Monday, April 6, 2015

2015 Legislative Session

A logjam of bills awaiting on taxes, spending and other issues as the 2015 Legislative session enters its final week.

Sen. Jim Rosapepe
(D) Prince George's & Anne Arundel Counties

Sen. Ed Reilly
(R) Anne Arundel County

Your Health - Living Kidney Donation

More than 101,000 people are on the national kidney transplant waiting list. April is National Donate Life Month, and University of Maryland transplant surgeon Dr. David Leeser will be on hand to discuss living kidney donation and how it saves lives.

Dr. Leeser specializes in removing donor kidneys through a single incision in the belly button, leaving the donor with a barely visible scar. Learn more about living kidney donation.

Do you have a question about living kidney donation? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on April 6 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

David B. Leeser, M.D.
Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Chief of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation, University of Maryland Medical Center