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Direct Connection Guests

Monday, October 20, 2014

Your Health

When an elderly woman began developing perplexing symptoms late one night in a rural Maryland hospital, it was a physician many miles away in Baltimore who first noticed she was having a heart attack and assisted the hospital staff in offering effective treatment. With advances in technology, doctors can now monitor critically ill patients remotely in tele-ICUs, or evaluate them through tele-consultations without the patient ever coming to their office.

Dr. Marc Zubrow, vice president of telemedicine for the University of Maryland Medical System and medical director of the University of Maryland's eCare program, will talk about how telemedicine is changing the practice of medicine – and expanding opportunities for patients.

Do you have a question about telemedicine or tele-ICUs? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on October 20 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Marc T. Zubrow
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine &
Vice President of Telemedicine, University of Maryland Medical System, Medical Director, University of Maryland's eCare program

Monday, October 13, 2014

Ebola

The Ebola virus is garnering a lot of attention around the world. What should Marylanders know about it?

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein
Secretary, Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Monday, October 6, 2014

Your Health

Nearly 26 million people, including almost 7.1 million children, have asthma in the United States, according to government estimates. Asthma accounts for nearly 2 million emergency department visits each year. Yet health experts say this lung disease is underdiagnosed and undertreated. Dr. Kathryn Robinett, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a pulmonologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center, will discuss how doctors diagnose and treat asthma and ways to help prevent attacks.

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

Dr. Kathryn S. Robinett
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine
And Pulmonologist, University of Maryland Medicine Center

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Search For Life

Your questions about the possibility of life on other planets.

Matt Mountain
Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute

Monday, September 22, 2014

Maryland Commute

Get up to speed on local transportation and traffic issues with Dr. Gridlock.

Robert Thomson
"Dr. Gridlock," The Washington Post

Your Health

Falls, especially among older adults, are a significant public health problem, with the Centers for Disease Control reporting that one in three adults 65 years old and older experiences a fall each year. These falls can result in moderate to severe injuries, including hip fractures and head trauma, and can increase the risk of early death. Greg Pirovolidis and Stefanie Ryan, physical therapists at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute, will discuss how you can reduce your risk of falling.

Do you have a question about how to prevent falls? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on September 22 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Greg Pirovolidis
PT, OCS, Physical therapist, University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute

Stefanie Ryan
PT, Physical therapist, University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute

Monday, September 15, 2014

Building Up Baltimore

The architect behind the plan for the Amtrak line, the Inner Harbor 2.0 plan, and two new travel plazas.

Adam Gross
Ayers Saint Gross

Domestic Violence

In light of the publicized Ray Rice case, we address the signs of domestic violence and what to do if you or someone you know is in a dangerous situation.

Jennifer Pollitt Hill
MSW, Executive Director, HOPE WORKS

Mothyna James Brightful
Director, Community Education & Training, TurnAround, Inc.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Your Health

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, except for skin cancer, and often occurs in older men. However, it is a cancer that can often be treated successfully, especially if caught early. September is prostate cancer awareness month, and in this interview, University of Maryland urologist Dr. Mohummad Minhaj Siddiqui will talk about diagnosing and treating prostate cancer.

Do you have a question about prostate cancer? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on September 8 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Mohummad Minhaj Siddiqui
Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine and Urologist, University of Maryland Medical Center

Baltimore's Role in American History

The history of Fort McHenry and its involvement in the Star Spangled Spectacular.

Vincent Vaise
Fort McHenry

Monday, September 1, 2014

2014 School Year

Maryland schools are open for the new school year. Hear about new programs and initiatives from the Superintendent.

Lillian Lowery, Ed.D.
Maryland State Superintendent of Schools

Monday, August 25, 2014

Your Health

Sports and recreation can be an important part of living a full life, but an injury or illness may leave some people thinking they will be stuck on the sidelines.

However, programs in "adapted sports" right here in Maryland offer opportunities for people to stay in the game whether through adapted golf and dance to wheelchair rugby and basketball. In this interview, Mike Henley and Pam Cauley of the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute will discuss the physical and emotional benefits of adapted sports.

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

Mike Henley
Therapeutic Recreational Specialist and Adapted Wheelchair Basketball Clinic Coordinator, University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute

Pam Cauley
Sr. Therapeutic Recreational Specialist and Adapted Golf Program Coordinator, University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute

Summer Scams

Get the most accurate information on the latest scams out there.

Angie Barnett
President/CEO Better Business Bureau Serving Greater Maryland

Monday, August 18, 2014

School Starts

Maryland schools are all set to open for the new school year. Hear about new programs and initiatives from the Superintendent.

Lillian Lowery, Ed.D.
Maryland State Superintendent of Schools

Monday, August 11, 2014

Forgotten Sundays

The Voice of the Ravens tackles his new book, football talk, and the O's.

Gerry Sandusky
Author and WBALTV Sports Anchor

Your Health

You may remember as a kid being checked for scoliosis, a curve in the spine that can lead to problems and pain. So how common is this problem today and when is surgery needed?

In this interview, University of Maryland spine surgeon Dr. Kelley Banagan will talk about diagnosing and treating scoliosis.

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

Dr. Kelley Banagan
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
University of Maryland School of Medicine And Spine Surgeon University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, August 4, 2014

PBS President

Paula Kerger talks to us about the state of public broadcasting and the upcoming season.

Paula Kerger
PBS President & CEO

Monday, July 28, 2014

Bug Bites

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has begun to track the West Nile Virus for the 2014 season and is urging Marylanders to be careful of mosquito bites.

Dr. Katherine Feldman
State Public Health Veterinarian, DHMH

Hepatitis C

The Centers for Disease Controls wants all baby boomers to be tested for Hepatitis C, a potentially serious condition that can lead to liver failure. So who needs to get tested and why is it so important to catch the disease early?

In this interview, University of Maryland liver specialists Dr. William Hutson and Dr. Darryn Potosky will talk about diagnosing and treating Hepatitis C, a condition affecting more than three million Americans, many of whom do not know they have it.

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

Dr. William Hutson
Professor of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine and Medical Director of Liver Transplantation University of Maryland Medical Center

Dr. Darryn Potosky
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine And Director of Hepatology, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, July 21, 2014

Cable Conundrums

Cable providers have been highlighted in the news lately. We learn how to shop for service in a competitive market, monitoring price, being prepared to switch carriers, and how to complain.

Rebecca Bowman
Administrator, Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs

Looking Out

Some of the important things consumers should consider when buying windows.

Tom Herron
LEED Green Associate and Senior Manager of Communications at National Fenestration Rating Council

Monday, July 14, 2014

Your Health

Are your hands aching from typing? Is your smartphone increasing your risk for carpal tunnel syndrome? Are summer sports like golf and tennis pushing you toward tendonitis?

In this interview, we'll talk about preventing and treating so-called "overuse" injuries with University of Maryland orthpaedic surgeon Dr. Ngozi Akabudike, who specializes in upper extremity injuries.

Do you have a question about overuse injuries? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on July 14 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Ngozi Akabudike
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and
Upper Extremity Surgeon, University of Maryland Medical System

Monday, June 30, 2014

Your Health

Is there such a thing as "normal aging?" Are there things you should be doing now to increase your chances of maintaining your health and independence as you age? Is it ever too late to start?

In this interview, Dr. Steve Gambert of the University of Maryland will discuss what you can do to age more successfully.

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

Dr. Steven Gambert
Professor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine And Director of Geriatric Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center

Going Green

Do you recycle? Could you be recycling more? Are you recycling the right things? Get all your questions answered on Direct Connection.

Clyde Trombetti
Public Information Specialist, Baltimore County Recycling

Monday, June 23, 2014

Your Health

With the warm summer weather comes concerns about sun exposure and skin cancer. In this interview, we'll talk about treating skin cancer with University of Maryland dermatologist Dr. Zaineb Makhzoumi, assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and a specialist in Mohs surgery.

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

Dr. Zaineb Makhzoumi
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
University of Maryland School of Medicine And Dermatologist University of Maryland Medical Center

Driving Citations

Officers are writing more and more tickets for distracted driving. Making cell phone use a primary offense could be one reason.

Jim DeWees
Special Operations Division, Maryland State Police

Monday, June 16, 2014

Osprey Cam

See the Osprey family live!

Joel Dunn
Chesapeake Conservancy

Star Spangled Spectacular

Learn about what's in store for the event.

Bill Pencek
Executive Director, Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission

Monday, May 19, 2014

Your Health

Glaucoma and cataracts are two conditions that can have big effects on your vision.

This week, University of Maryland ophthalmologist Dr. Osamah Saeedi will discuss diagnosing and treating these two eye conditions.

Do you have a question about glaucoma or cataracts? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then tune in on May 19 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Osamah Saeedi
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences University of Maryland School of Medicine And Ophthalmologist University of Maryland Medical Center

Educator Award

A Maryland teacher has won a national award. He teaches at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, and was inspired by his difficult childhood to become a teacher.

Sean McComb
National Teacher of the Year

Monday, May 12, 2014

Your Health

Our knees, shoulders, hips and other joints take a lot of pounding throughout our lives. So what can we do to maintain joint health as we age, and when do you know if you're really in need of joint replacement?

In this interview, we'll talk with orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Hal Crane from the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

Do you have a question about taking care of your aging joints? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then tune in on May 12 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Hal Crane
Orthopaedic Surgeon, University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Housing Market

A real estate expert and a mortgage expert comment on the spring real estate outlook.

Mike Dunn
Prosperity Home Mortgage

Scott Lederer
Prudential Homesale Yerman Witman Gaines and Conklin Realty

Monday, May 5, 2014

Retirement

Find out how to maximize your social security benefits.

Jeffrey Miller
Partner, Social Security Choices

Monday, April 28, 2014

Your Health

Do you know what your cholesterol should be? What about your blood pressure? There are new guidelines about these early markers of heart disease that may change how you think about them.

In this interview, we'll talk about heart disease prevention with University of Maryland chief of cardiovascular medicine Dr. Sanjay Rajagopalan.

Do you have a question about preventing heart disease? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then tune in on April 28 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Sanjay Rajagopalan
Professor of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine And Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center

College Sports

In light of Northwestern University football players voting on whether to be represented by a union, we discuss the possible impact here in Maryland.

Dionne Kohler
University of Baltimore School of Law

Monday, April 21, 2014

SAT Preps

In the near future, the SATs will be redesigned. Find out how to prepare your child.

Michael Pesi
Quest Advanced Learning

Lawn Care

In light of Bay Week, we discuss proper lawn fertilization.

Richard LaNore
Technical Director, MRW Lawns, Inc.

Bevin Buchheister
Chesapeake Bay Commission

Monday, April 14, 2014

Your Health

Nearly 26 million adults and children in the United States have diabetes, and many medical experts warn that diabetes could reach epidemic proportions in this country. So what's behind this growing problem and what's being done to stop it?

In this interview, the University of Maryland's Dr. Stephen Davis will discuss the public health concerns about diabetes as well as what individuals can do to prevent it.

Do you have a question about diabetes? Send us your question via Twitter with a tweet @mptnews #yourhealth. Then tune in on April 14 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show!

Dr. Stephen Davis
Professor and Chairman of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief University of Maryland Medical Center

Tax Deadline

Waited until the last minute? Tune into Direct Connection and find out what you need to do before the tax deadline./p>

Andrew Bareham
Principal, KatzAbosch

Monday, April 7, 2014

Ask The Governor

Governor Martin O'Malley joins us from Annapolis. Don't miss your chance to call in or tweet us questions for him.

Governor Martin O'Malley
(D) Maryland

Monday, March 31, 2014

Your Health

Inflammatory Bowel Disease, which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, affects nearly 1.5 million people in the United States.

In this interview, two University of Maryland experts will talk about diagnosing and treating inflammatory bowel disease, commonly called IBD. Plus, we'll learn why Maryland researchers are testing smart phones as a potential way to help people with IBD.

Do you have a question about IBD? Send us your question via Twitter with a tweet @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then tune in on March 31 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Raymond Cross
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine And Co-director Digestive Health Center University of Maryland Medical Center

Dr. Seema Patil
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine And Gastroenterologist University of Maryland Medical Center

Play Ball!

It's Orioles Opening Day! Let's get a recap of the game and a preview of the upcoming season.

Peter Schmuck
The Baltimore Sun

Monday, March 24, 2014

Power Companies

The Maryland Office of People's Counsel represents residential utility customers. Paula Carmody talks about energy alternatives, and possible scams that go along with them.

Paula Carmody
People's Counsel for the State of Maryland

Monday, March 17, 2014

Your Health

The US House of Representatives subcommittee recently held hearings on improving sports safety, particularly when it comes to head injuries.

Joining us this week for our "Your Health" segment to talk about head injuries is Dr. Eugenio Rocksmith, assistant professor of neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and attending physician in the Brain Injury Unit at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute. Also joining us is John Bielawski, director of outreach for University of Maryland Sports Medicine.

Dr. Eugenio Rocksmith
Attending Physician, University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute, Assistant Professor University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Neurology

John Bielawski
Director of Outreach, University of Maryland Sports Medicine

Accident Reconstruction

Car crashes can be devastating, and so can the aftermath. How do you figure out what exactly happened and who is at fault? Our experts explain the process of collision reconstruction, analysis, and forensics.

Tracie Eckstein
Accredited Accident Reconstructionist, Crashteams MID ATLANTIC

Greg Sullenberger
Accredited Accident Reconstructionist, Crashteams MID ATLANTIC

Monday, March 10, 2014

Your Health

The recent death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has brought renewed attention to drug addiction, relapse and treatment.

In this interview, we'll talk about some of the challenges and possible new avenues for treating addiction. Our guest will be Professor Bankole Johnson, chairman of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Do you have a question about addictions? Send us your question via Twitter with a tweet @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then tune in on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Bankole Johnson
Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Identity Theft

Recently, more than 300,000 personal records at the University of Maryland were exposed in a computer security breach. Our guest will explain how this kind of attack could happen to you, and gives tips on how to prevent it.

Lila Boor
Investigator, Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs

Monday, February 24, 2014

State of the City

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake discusses what is going on in the city in terms of crime, employment, safety, and more.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
(D) Baltimore City

Monday, February 17, 2014

Your Health

Back pain is one of the most common health problems in the United States, with about eight out of 10 Americans experiencing back pain at some point in their lives.

In this interview with University of Maryland orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Steven Ludwig, we'll talk about new minimally invasive techniques speeding recovery for back surgery as well as the most common causes and treatments for back pain.

Do you have a question about back pain? Send us your question via Twitter with a tweet @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then tune in on February 17 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Steven Ludwig
Professor of Orthopaedics, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Orthopaedic Surgeon, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, February 10, 2014

Loving Your Love Life

Valentine's Day is coming up. Do you have questions about your love life? Now's your chance to ask!

Dave Elliott
Relationship Coach, A Legendary Love for Life

Chocolatey Goodness

In keeping with the Valentine's Day theme, we have a chocolatier coming to tell us about different types of chocolate, how to make it, and its history.

Larry McGlinchey
Cacao Lorenzo Chocolatier

Monday, February 3, 2014

Your Health

In this "Your Health" interview, internal medicine physician Dr. Genie Robertson of the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center will talk about diagnosing and treating fibromyalgia.

Do you have a question about fibromyalgia? Send a tweet @mptnews #yourhealth. Then watch Maryland Public Television on January 20 at 7:30 pm to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Genie Robertson
Internal Medicine Physician
University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Bear Hugs

We get a live look at the National Zoo's new baby panda!

Dennis Kelly
Director, Smithsonian's National Zoo

Monday, January 27, 2014

Getting Your Motor Running

We talk to the host of MPT's popular show, Motorweek about anything and everything cars, especially cold winter weather car care tips.

John Davis
Motorweek

Monday, January 20, 2014

Your Health

Lymphoma is a type of cancer that can sometimes be difficult to diagnose because initial symptoms, such as a swollen lymph node, can often be caused by more common illnesses.

In this interview, University of Maryland cancer specialist Dr. Amy Kimball will discuss diagnosing and treating lymphoma as well as how research is offering promising new treatments for this complex disease.

Do you have a question about lymphoma? Send a tweet @mptnews #yourhealth. Then watch Maryland Public Television on January 20 at 7:30 pm to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Amy Kimball
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine And Hematologist/ Oncologist University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center

Legalization of Marijuana

A bill is being discussed in the legislature to regulate and tax marijuana. Hear different opinions on the matter and ask questions on Direct Connection.

Mike Gimbel
Substance Abuse Consultant, Mike Gimbel Associates

Major Neill Franklin (Ret)
Executive Director , LEAP - Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Monday, January 13, 2014

Health Care Website

An update on Maryland's health exchange. Is it fixed, or are there still glitches?

Peter Beilenson
Founder/President/CEO, Evergreen Health Co-op

Car Insurance

How to make your auto insurance more affordable.

Diane Bell McKoy
President and CEO, Associated Black Charities

Marceline White
Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition

Monday, January 6, 2014

Your Health

New research is revealing clues in our blood that could show earlier signs of potential heart problems.

In this interview, University of Maryland cardiologist Dr. Christopher deFilippi discusses this research as well as cardiovascular disease, ranging from heart attack to heart failure.

Do you have a question about heart disease or heart failure? Send a tweet @mptnews #yourhealth. Then watch Maryland Public Television on January 6 at 7:30 pm to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Christopher deFilippi
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine and Cardiologist University of Maryland Medical Center
http://umm.edu/

Light Bulb Wars

As of January 1st it's illegal to manufacture or import old fashioned incandescent light bulbs. The newer bulbs save lots of energy, but they can also be confusing to shop for.

John Doyle
Director of New Business Development with 1lightbulbs.com
https://www.1lightbulbs.com/

Monday, December 30, 2013

Social Media

For people who don't know twitter from facebook or instagram, we'll explain it, in English. And for those who use these services, well may be learn how to use them better.

Ken White
Associate Dean, University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business

Gus Sentementes
Audience Engagement Manager at Johns Hopkins University

Monday, December 23, 2013

Public Works in Baltimore

Questions about potholes, sewage, or trash pickup? Now's your chance to ask the Director of DPW.

Alfred Foxx
Director, Department of Public Works, Baltimore

Credit Card Breach

What to do if you're one of the millions whose credit card number was compromised at Target?

Jody Thomas
VP of Communications & Business Relations, Better Business Bureau of Maryland

Monday, December 16, 2013

Your Health

From athletes to aging baby boomers, shoulder problems are very common and can have a real impact on a person's ability to function.

In this interview, University of Maryland orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Syed Hasan talks about treatments for shoulder injuries, including some tips on prevention.

Do you have a question about a shoulder issue? Send a tweet @mptnews #yourhealth. Then watch Maryland Public Television on December 16 at 7:30 pm to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Syed Hasan
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics, University of Maryland School of Medicine
And Surgeon Univ. of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute.

Food For Thought

Whip up some special holiday meals, and find out what'll be trending in the kitchen in 2014.

Mary Beth Albright
Food Writer, Teacher, and Consultant

Monday, December 9, 2013

Your Health

Are you getting enough sleep?

In this interview, University of Maryland sleep specialist Dr. Steven Scharf discusses causes and treatments for common sleep problems, including insomnia and sleep apnea.

Plus, we'll talk about some simple things all of us can do to improve our sleep.

Do you have questions about sleep? Send a tweet @mptnews, #yourhealth. Then tune in to MPT on December 9 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Steven Scharf
Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, And Director, University of Maryland Sleep Disorders Center, University of Maryland Medical Center

Holiday Goodies

All the latest gadgets for this holiday season.

Jim Barry, The Gadget Guy
Consumer Electronics Association

Monday, December 2, 2013

Hospital Care

Will Maryland's new Medicare waiver improve affordability and quality of patient care in the state?

Carmela Coyle
President & CEO, Maryland Hospital Association

The Papacy

Join our discussion on how Pope Francis is changing the face of Catholicism.

Frederick Bauerschmidt, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Theology at Loyola University, Maryland

Monday, November 25, 2013

Higher Education

Freeman Hrabowski talks about UMBC's high national rankings, financial aid, online education, and more.

Freeman Hrabowski
President of UMBC

Monday, November 18, 2013

Inner Harbor 2.0

There's a new plan to revitalize the Inner Harbor. Among other elements, it includes a pedestrian bridge connecting Harbor East and Federal Hill, an amphitheater, and an urban beach.

Thomas Stosur
Director, Baltimore City Planning Department

Your Health

Millions of people have sleep apnea, which means their breathing is interrupted when they sleep, putting them at increased risk for serious medical conditions such as heart failure, hypertension and stroke. But why does this happen and are some people at greater risk for developing this condition?

In this interview, University of Maryland ear, nose and throat surgeon Dr. Rodney Taylor talks about symptoms and treatments for sleep apnea.

Do you have questions about sleep apnea? Send a tweet @mptnews, #yourhealth. Then tune in to MPT on November 18 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Rodney Taylor
Associate Professor of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Maryland School of Medicine and Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon, University of Maryland Medical Center
http://umm.edu/

Monday, November 11, 2013

Surgery To Politics

The renowned Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson hangs up his scalpel and turns his attention to politics.

Dr. Ben Carson
Former Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Monday, November 4, 2013

Your Health

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) affects about eight million Americans causing a variety of symptoms that can sometimes be confused with other conditions.

You may complain of muscle aches in your legs or “poor circulation.” Maybe it’s a sore on your foot that’s taking a long time to heal. Or maybe there are no symptoms at all.

This week, University of Maryland vascular surgeon Dr. Michael Lilly will discuss diagnosing and treating peripheral arterial disease.

Do you have questions about peripheral artery disease? Send a tweet @mptnews, #yourhealth. Then tune in to MPT on November 4 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Michael Lilly
Professor of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Chief of Surgery, University of Maryland Medical Center, Midtown Campus

Affordable Care Act

Exactly how does it impact the average Marylander?

Jay Hancock
KHN Senior Correspondent, Kaiser Health News

Monday, October 28, 2013

A Vet For Your Pets

How to keep your pets safe during Halloween, and also in the colder weather.

Dr. Jonathan Kaufman
Eastern Animal Hospital

Healthy Beverages

Encouraging soft drink companies to promote healthier drinks.

Nikki Highsmith Vernick
President & CEO, The Horizon Foundation

www.thehorizonfoundation.org

Monday, October 21, 2013

Your Health

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Starting October 1, a new law in Maryland will require mammography providers to notify women following their mammograms about breast density. But what does that mean and what should women do with that information?

In this interview, University of Maryland breast imaging specialist Dr. Cristina Campassi will talk about screening for breast cancer including recommendations for mammography and the new breast density awareness law.

Do you have questions about mammography or breast density? Send a tweet @mptnews, #yourhealth. Then tune in to MPT on October 21 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Cristina Campassi
Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine And Chief of Breast Imaging University of Maryland Medical Center
http://umm.edu/

Obamacare Website Glitches

How to fix the Obamacare web sites.

Lawrence E. Burgee, Ph.D.
Department Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Information Systems
Brown School of Business and Leadership,Stevenson University

Monday, October 14, 2013

Your Health

Millions of Americans are living with chronic pain, which for many may seriously affect their quality of life. This week the director of the University of Maryland Pain Management Clinic will talk about chronic pain causes and treatments, ranging from medications and injections to surgery.

Do you have questions about chronic pain? Send a tweet @mptnews, #yourhealth. Then tune in to MPT on October 14 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show

Dr. Thelma Wright
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
University of Maryland School of Medicine And Director, University of Maryland Pain Management Clinic University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute
http://medschool.umaryland.edu/

Obamacare Website

Dr. Peter Beilenson of Evergreen Health talks about the issues with the Obamacare website and how to get around them.

Dr. Peter Beilenson
Evergreen Health

Monday, October 7, 2013

Hidden Danger

The NFL is under assault by thousands of former players who claim the league tried to cover up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many of them.

Jim Gilmore
Co-Producer, League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis

Dr. Craig Bennett
Team Orthopedic Surgeon, University of Maryland Terrapins Athletic Teams

Monday, September 30, 2013

Mario Armstrong, Digital Lifestyle Expert, talks about the new iPhone and its features.

Mario Armstrong
Digital Lifestyle Expert

Affordable care Act

Kathleen Westcoat of HealthCare Access Maryland explains what the Affordable Care Act means for you.

Kathleen Westcoat
President/CEO, HealthCare Access Maryland

Monday, September 23, 2013

Your Health

From low-carb and low-fat foods to extreme exercise and fitness gadgets, we are bombarded with lots of ideas on how to lose weight. But with all this information, why is obesity still a growing epidemic in this country? In this interview, University of Maryland diabetes expert Dr. Ava Port will talk about some of the science behind obesity and what she does to help her patients lose weight.

Do you have a question about obesity? Send a tweet @mptnews, #yourhealth. Then tune in to MPT on September 23 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Ava Port
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine And Endocrinologist University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, September 16, 2013

Navy Yard Shooting

Dr. Tyrone Powers, Director of Homeland Security & Criminal Justice Institute at Anne Arundel Community College discusses the tragic Navy Yard shooting in Washington, DC.

Dr. Tyrone Powers
Director of Homeland Security & Criminal Justice Institute at Anne Arundel Community College

Monday, September 9, 2013

Ovarian Cancer

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Despite efforts to raise awareness about the disease, 70 percent of cases aren't diagnosed until it's too late. But why? In this interview, Dr. Sarah Temkin from the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center will talk about detecting and treating ovarian cancer.

Do you have a question about ovarian cancer? Send a tweet @mptnews, #yourhealth. Then tune in to MPT on September 9 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Sarah Temkin
Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences And Gynecologic Oncologist Univ. of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center.

Maryland Lottery Sets Record

The Maryland Lottery has broken its sales record again and transferred a record amount of revenue to the State. The agency generated $1.795 billion in sales in Fiscal Year 2012. It also contributed $556 million to the state's general fund.

Stephen Martino
Director, Maryland State Lottery Agency

Monday, August 26, 2013

Back To School

What's new for this school year? We'll find out from the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools and discuss why Maryland test scores are down, some are blaming the change to the new common core curriculum.

Your Health

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. So why is this type of cancer challenging to detect and treat? In this interview, Dr. Whitney Burrows of the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center will discuss lung cancer treatment options and new recommendations for screening for cigarette smokers.

Do you have a question about lung cancer? Send a tweet @mptnews, #yourhealth. Then tune in to MPT on August 26 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Whitney Burrows
Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Maryland School of Medicine And Thoracic Surgeon University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center

Monday, August 19, 2013

Renowned Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson hangs up his scalpel and turns his attention to politics. The calendar for Ben Carson used to be filled with consultations and surgeries, now it's filled with county republican dinners in places like Alabama and Tennessee.

Dr. Ben Carson
Johns Hopkins

Monday, August 12, 2013

Your Health

Advances in medicine and technology are transforming the world of physical rehabilitation and changing the way people recover from injury and surgery. This week, we'll talk about physical rehabilitation, including emerging technologies, with two guests from the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute.

Do you have a question about rehabilitation? Send a tweet @mptnews, #yourhealth. Then tune in to MPT on August 12 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Michael Jablonover
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine University of Maryland School of Medicine And Chief Executive Officer Univ. of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute

Mandy Krywonis
Senior Physical Therapist, Univ. of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Car Czar

What you need to know about the new car market, or how to keep that older car on the road for years to come, with John Davis, creator and host of Motorweek, seen on PBS and MPT.

John Davis
Motorweek Host

Monday, July 29, 2013

MSA Test

Betty Weller, President, Maryland State Education Association believes MSA tests do not match up with the state's current curriculum. She supports a suspension on the tests for the next school year.

Betty Weller
President, Maryland State Education Association

Your Health

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and the leading cause of disability in the United States.

This week, University of Maryland neurologist Dr. John Cole talks about the latest advances in treating stroke as well as what you can do to reduce your stroke risk.

Do you have a question about stroke? Send it via Twitter with a tweet @mptnews, hashtag #yourhealth. Then tune in to MPT on July 29 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. John Cole
Associate Professor of Neurology
University of Maryland School of Medicine And Neurologist University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, July 22, 2013

Vet advice

How are your pets handling the heat? Get vet advice for free on Direct Connection.

Dr. Jonathan Kaufman
Eastern Animal Hospital

Monday, July 15, 2013

Your Health

With the warmer weather, lots of people are getting outside to run, hike and bike as well hitting the tennis courts and the golf course. But often, this sudden surge of activity can lead to injury.

This week, University of Maryland sports medicine specialist and orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Craig Bennett will talk about treating some common exercise and sports injuries as well as what you can do to prevent them.

Do you have a question about sports medicine? Send it via Twitter with a tweet @mptnews, hashtag #yourhealth. Then tune in to MPT on July 15 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Craig Bennett
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
University of Maryland School of Medicine And Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chief of Sports Medicine University of Maryland Medical Center and University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute

Reduce Energy Bills

How to reduce your energy bills during these hot summer months.

Mark Manthy
Business Development Manager, Astrum Solar

Monday, July 8, 2013

Increase in violence

Gregg Bernstein, Baltimore City State's Attorney joins us to discuss the recent increase in violence and crime in the city.

Gregg Bernstein
Baltimore City State's Attorney

Monday, July 1, 2013

Heart Attacks

The death of actor James Gandolfini has brought renewed attention to heart attacks and preventing cardiovascular disease. In this interview, University of Maryland cardiologist Dr. Michael Miller will discuss heart attacks, including signs and treatment as well as what you can do to lower your risk.

Do you have a question about heart attacks? Send it via Twitter with a tweet @mptnews, hashtag #yourhealth. Then tune in to MPT on July 1 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show!

Dr. Michael Miller
Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health
University of Maryland School of Medicine And Director of Preventive Cardiology University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, June 24, 2013

Gambling Problem

You like to play the slots or buy a lottery ticket, but how do you know if you have a gambling problem.

Christopher Welsh, M.D.
Medical Director, Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling

Affirmative Action Decision

The supreme court sidestepped a sweeping decision on the use of race-conscious school admission policies, ruling monday on the criteria at the university of texas and whether it violates the equal protection rights of some white applicants. The justices threw the case back to the lower courts for further review.The court affirmed the use of race in the admissions process, but made it harder for institutions to use such policies to achieve diversity.

Phoebe Haddon
Dean of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Monday, June 17, 2013

Brilliant Blunders

The biggest blunders of some of history's biggest brains.

Mario Livio
Astrophysicist & Author

Preventing Summer Injuries

What kind of hospital admissions increase in the summertime and what you can do
about it.

Dr. Mayur Narayan
Assistant Professor of Surgery University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Director, Center for Injury Prevention and Policy R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center