Direct Connection Guests

Monday, August 13, 2018

The Numbers Are In

A look at the Maryland Lottery and Gaming's break all-time records in Fiscal Year 2018.

Gordon Medenica
Director, Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency

Your Health: Preventing and Managing Chronic Diseases

How likely are any of us to suffer from chronic diseases or conditions as we age? Are some of us more likely than others to be at higher risk for hypertension, high cholesterol, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes? What are some of the more elusive conditions and symptoms that can cause issues in your life if not prevented or managed?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), half of all Americans live with at least one chronic disease, such as heart disease, stroke or diabetes. These and other chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability in America and are also a leading driver of health care costs.

Kim West, a nurse practitioner at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center Hereford Health Park will answer these questions on Monday night, August 13 on Maryland Public Television Direct Connection “Your Health.”

Kim West
Nurse Practitioner, UM St. Joseph Medical Center

Monday, August 6, 2018

Your Health - The Science Behind Breastfeeding

While it may be controversial in some circles, the medical science is clear: Breastfeeding offers health benefits to infants that last throughout childhood. An abundance of medical research consistently supports that breast milk is the safest and most nutritious feeding method for babies — and the most inexpensive. For mothers, breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. But U.S. mothers face many barriers to successful breastfeeding, which include lack of knowledge, social norms, poor family and social support, embarrassment, lactation problems, employment and child care. Hospitals in Maryland are leading the charge by evolving to become more “baby-friendly” by working to give mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding. Jenifer Fahey, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and nurse midwife at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and Brenda Moore, nurse at the University of Maryland Medical Center, will explain the latest scientific findings around breastfeeding, how hospitals are adapting to better equip families, and what we all can do to support mothers wanting to breastfeed.

Jenifer Fahey
Nurse Midwife, University of Maryland Medical Center

Cheryl Holden
Nurse and Lactation Consultant, University of Maryland Medical Center

Back To School Supplies

How you can help a student get off to a great start in the new school year.

Deborah Phelps
Executive Director, The Education Foundation of The Baltimore County Public Schools

Monday, July 30, 2018

Your Health -Summer Sun

Skin cancer is the most common of all types of cancer – and the most preventable. Yet, one in five Americans will still develop skin cancer in their lifetime, according to current estimates. More than 3 million people are diagnosed each year with basal and squamous cell carcinoma, the most common skin cancers, and more than 178,000 with melanoma, the deadliest form.

The main risk factor is heavy exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight or use of indoor tanning. Dr. Zaineb Makhzoumi, a dermatologic surgeon with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland Medical Center, will explain what you can do to prevent skin cancer and stay safe in the sun this summer.

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

Zaineb Makhzoumi, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Section Head, Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology
Director of Clinical Services, Department of Dermatology
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Vehicle Theft Prevention

For the past two years there has been a recent spike in car thefts in our area. So what can you do to keep your car safe? We discuss.

Christopher McDonold
Executive Director, Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council, MD State Police

Monday, July 23, 2018

Summer Brings... Bloodthirsty Mosquitoes

Maryland is dealing with three times more mosquitoes than usual and thus, with more bites. Why some people get more visits from the itch-inducing insects and what are the solutions?

Michael J. Raupp
Professor of Entomology, Fellow of the Entomological Society of America

Prime Time Living - Elderly Isolation

A look at the impact social isolation and loneliness can have on older adults, plus a program that's here to help.

Diane Martin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Gerontology, Director, The Center for the Study of Aging at McDaniel College

Bonnie Glick
Maryland Department of Aging

Monday, July 16, 2018

Chesapeake Collectibles - Behind The Scenes

Host Rhea Feikin shares some production secrets with Jeff Salkin as MPT gears up for an exciting new season. Taping for Season 9 is set for
August 18 & 19.

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Rhea Feikin

Your Health: Gut Bacteria, Nutrition and Your Health

Tens of trillions of microorganisms inhabit the human digestive tract, and researchers are finding increasing evidence that they play an important role in many aspects of our health, not just how we digest our food. Nutrition is an often misunderstood topic, yet it is an essential element of an individual’s overall health.

Guests for this "Your Health" segment are Dr. Claire M. Fraser, director of the University of Maryland Institute for Genome Sciences and a leading researcher on the "gut microbiome,"" and Caroline Meehan, a registered dietitian at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Fraser and Meehan will discuss the differences between good and bad bacteria and how nutrition plays a key role in weight management, interactions with prescription medicines and managing cholesterol, heart disease, and diabetes. They will also discuss if yogurt and probiotics are as good for one’s health as some claim.

Dr. Claire M. Fraser
UM School of Medicine

Caroline Meehan

Monday, July 9, 2018

Recycling Do's & Don'ts

Bob Murrow
Recycling Coordinator, Baltimore City DPW

Your Health: The Latest in Prostate Cancer Screening, Treatment and Research

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer affecting men in the United States, behind skin cancer. The American Cancer Society's estimates for prostate cancer in the United States for 2018 are about 164,690 new cases and approximately 29,430 deaths. Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it. Dr. Rian Dickstein, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at University of Maryland School of Medicine and Chief of Urology at the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center, will be discussing prostate cancer screening and treatment options and the latest medical best practices.

Dr. Rian Dickstein
Chief of Urology - University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Monday, July 2, 2018

Downee Ocean, Hon!

We take the show on the road to see what's new this summer in Ocean City!

Mayor Rick Meehan
Ocean City, MD

Anna Dolle Bushnell
President & Co-Owner, Dolle's Candyland

Melanie Pursel
Ocean City Chamber of Commerce

Monday, June 25, 2018

Previewing Primary Day

How the board of elections prepares for voting day.​

Dale Livingston
Deputy Director, Harford County Board of Elections​

Your Health: Advances in Stroke Care

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and a leading cause of long-term disability. Up until this year, if a person was having stroke-like symptoms and didn’t get to the ER within six hours, then there wasn’t much doctors could do to help reduce their chances of severe disability or even death. But recently published clinical trials have led to a new treatment guideline issued by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. More people with the most serious kind of strokes are now eligible for treatment than previously were. Clot-removing devices can now be used up to 24 hours after the start of a stroke in select patients with clots blocking a large vessel in the brain. Dr. Marcella Wozniak, an associate professor of neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and director of the Neurology Care Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center, will explain these new advances in stroke care and why this is a very good thing for people in Maryland.

Dr. Marcella Wozniak
Neurologist, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, June 18, 2018

Bear Population Management

With four bears killed on major Baltimore area highways in the last 10 days, we look at how the bear population is being managed.

Harry Spiker
DNR Bear Expert

Medical Cannabis Industry

The latest in the medical cannabis industry in Maryland.

Michael Bronfein
Curio Wellness

Brian Sanderoff
Licensed Pharmacist, Curio Wellness

Monday, June 11, 2018

Chesapeake's Favorite Osprey Family

Osprey are some of Chesapeake's most interesting and amazing birds. Find out why from Joel Dunn, President and CEO of Chesapeake Conservancy.

Joel Dunn
President & CEO, Chesapeake Conservancy

Your Health: Cancer Survivorship

Dr. Ken Miller
Medical Oncologist, UMMC

Monday, June 4, 2018

Ellicott City Flooding

After the second fatal flash flood in two years, we look at how the old mill town is working to recover and what can be done moving forward.

Allan Kittleman
(R) Howard County Executive

Michel Tersiguel
Tersiguel's Restaurant

Ryan Miller
Director of Emergency Management

Monday, May 28, 2018

Improving Education in Maryland

A look at what schools can do better for our children.

Brit Kirwan
Chancellor Emeritus, University System of Maryland (USM)

Monday, May 14, 2018


A look at the Orioles difficult season.

Rich Dubroff

Your Health - Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are the most common mental illnesses in the United States. Each year, 40 million adults in America are affected by anxiety disorders and more than 16 million adults are affected by depression. Anxiety can interfere with daily activities by producing feelings of nervousness, panic, increased heart rate and fatigue. Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest affecting one's mental and physical well-being. Symptoms may include overwhelming feelings of sadness and worthlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and headaches. Despite its treatability, millions of Americans with anxiety and depression go untreated each year.

Dr. Jill RachBeisel
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, May 7, 2018

The Trump Investigation

Answers to your questions about the Trump investigation.

Roger Hartley
Dean, College of Public Affairs, University of Baltimore

Adam Ruther
Criminal Defense Attorney, Rosenberg, Martin, Greenberg

Monday, April 30, 2018

Spring Real Estate Market

What do the new tax law and moving mortgage rates mean for the residential real estate market?

Creig Northrop
Northrop Realty, A Long & Foster Company

Bryan Lovern
Prosperity Home Mortgage

Monday, April 23, 2018

Lawn Care & Fertilizer's Impact On The Chesapeake Bay

Mark Carroll, Ph.D.
Director, Environmental Science and Policy, University of Maryland

Your Health - Advances in Childhood Cancers

In recent years, we’ve made important progress in the fight against childhood cancer, but more work still lies ahead. Dr. Teresa York, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a pediatric oncologist at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital, will tell us about the latest advances in childhood cancer, and what new research and treatments are on the horizon.

Dr. Teresa York
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, April 16, 2018

Prime Time Living - Avoiding Fraud and Scams

A look at how vulnerable older adults in Maryland are targeted in scams and fraud and what can be done to prevent this.

Angie Barnett
Better Business Bureau Serving Greater MD

Your Heath - Advances in Treating Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer has been on the rise in the United States and other Western nations, in large part because of a dramatic increase in adenocarcinoma, which has been linked to obesity and heartburn. Experts predict more than 17,000 new diagnoses this year in the U.S. and nearly 16,000 deaths from this aggressive cancer, which affects more men than women.

April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, and Dr. Shamus Carr, a thoracic surgeon and Director of Robotic Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center, will discuss advances in how esophageal cancer is diagnosed and treated, including the use of freezing and heat technologies as well as minimally invasive, robot-assisted surgery.

Dr. Shamus Carr
Thoracic Surgeon, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, April 9, 2018

End of 2018 Legislative Session

Gov. Larry Hogan
(R) Maryland

Analyzing The 2018 Maryland Legislative Session

Allan Kittleman
Howard County Executive

Jan Gardner
Frederick County Executive

Monday, April 2, 2018

Spring Real Estate Market

What do the new tax law and moving mortgage rates mean for the residential real estate market?

Creig Northrop
Northrop Realty, A Long & Foster Company

Bryan Lovern
Prosperity Home Mortgage

Monday, March 26, 2018

Online Privacy Issues

What the latest Facebook privacy problem might mean for its users.

Firmin DeBrabander
Professor of Philosophy, Maryland Institute College of Art

Your Health - Stop The Bleed

A new program can help prevent deaths on our streets. Stop the Bleed (STB) is based on the same premise as CPR training - empowering anyone near an injured person to act as an immediate responder and save a life because they will know what to do.

Dr. Habeeba Park, MD
UM School of Medicine, Medical Lead, Stop the Bleed

Sharon Henry, MD
UM School of Medicine, Director, Wound Healing and Metabolism Service

Monday, March 19, 2018

Your Heath - Understanding Colon Cancer

According to the Centers for Disease Control, of the cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. Dr. Cherif Boutros, Medical Director of the Tate Cancer Center and Chair of Surgical Oncology at the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center and an associate professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, discusses the prevalence of colorectal cancer and why it is important to be screened for the disease.

Dr. Cherif Boutros
University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Historic UMBC NCAA Upset

Zac McCord
UMBC Beat Writer, The Retriever

Monday, March 12, 2018

Prime Time Living - Emerging Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease

A look at what Alzheimer’s disease does to a person, how is it diagnosed and some of the new treatments on the horizon, including stem cell therapy.

Dr. Paul Fishman
Professor of Neurology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, March 5, 2018

A Look At Baltimore

Mayor Catherine Pugh stops by to talk about the latest involving the Baltimore crime rate, the police department and much more. Join us with your calls and tweets live on Direct Connection with Jeff Salkin.

Catherine Pugh
Mayor of Baltimore

Monday, February 26, 2018

Improving Education in Maryland

A look at what schools can do better for our children.

Brit Kirwan
Chancellor Emeritus, University System of Maryland (USM)

Monday, February 19, 2018

Student Protests After Florida School Shooting

Will student protests affect the gun debate in America?

Rep. John Sarbanes
(D) Maryland

Your Health - The State of Women’s Heart Health in Maryland

Heart disease is the primary cause of death among Maryland women, and it may be higher depending on what county she lives in, her waistline measurement, whether her father had heart disease, and other factors.

Dr. Stacy Fisher, a cardiologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, helps Maryland women understand their personal risk for heart disease. She talks with us about steps women can take to greatly reduce this risk.

Dr. Stacy Fisher
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, February 12, 2018

Space Travels

The spectacular launch of the world's biggest rocket. What does sending a car into orbit mean for the future of space exploration?

Mike Ryschkewitsch
Johns Hopkins Applies Physics Lab

Wall Street Worries

The fear that upended the stock market

Daraius Irani Ph.d
Regional Economic Studies Institute, Towson University

Monday, February 5, 2018

Super Bowl Commercials

David Warschawski
CEO, Warschawski Integrated Marketing Communications Agency

Your Health - Heart Month

Many of us assume that if we eat right, don’t smoke and exercise, our heart will provide us with a long and healthy life. Is this really true? Are some of us more prone than others to be at a higher risk for heart disease?

Dr. Jeremy Pollock
Cardiologist, University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center

Monday, January 29, 2018

New Smoke Detectors Law

Maryland residents are now required to replace traditional battery-operated smoke detectors with more effective ones.

Pete Piringer
Chief Spokesperson, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service

Your Health: Telemedicine & Rural Healthcare

Telemedicine is a form of telehealth that utilizes telecommunications and related technologies (including audio-video conferencing, remote image viewing and capturing and use of remote examination tools) to support health care services, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.

A significant advantage of telemedicine, especially in rural areas, is that it provides access to physicians and various medical specialists who can offer support to a patient who might otherwise have to be transferred to another hospital to receive the necessary care. UM Shore Regional Health has three hospitals on the eastern shore of Maryland, each of which is about 70 miles (and more than 90 minutes of travel, including a trip across the Bay Bridge) to the University of Maryland Medical Center or a tertiary level Children’s Hospital.

Ken Kozel
President & Chief Executive Officer, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health

Dr. William Huffner
Chief Medical Officer, UMSRH

Monday, January 22, 2018

Federal Government Shutdown

The implications of the federal government shutdown.

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

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

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