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Direct Connection Guests

Monday, February 20, 2017

Shopping for Gas/Electricity

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

Paula Carmody
People's Counsel for the State of Maryland

Your Health - Heal Your Heart

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

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

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

Monday, February 13, 2017

State Of The Judiciary and Travel Ban Court Ruling

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

Arthur Fergenson
Litigator, Baltimore Area

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

Valentine's Day Last Minute Treat

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

Jennifer Hauser
Glarus Chocolatier

Monday, February 6, 2017

Your Health - Women's Heart Health

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

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

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

A look at the Heroin Epidemic

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

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

Monday, January 30, 2017

Violent Start To 2017: A Murder A Day

Baltimore City Councilmen John Bullock and Leon Pinkett join us to talk about the deadly 2017 start in the city due to violence rising and ways to stop the pace of 'one homicide a day.' Also, a look at the new administration's immigration plan's possible influence on Baltimore.

John Bullock
Baltimore City Councilman

Leon Pinkett
Baltimore City Councilman

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Future of Obamacare

The Republicans have sworn to change it, but how? Is there anything they could do that would make sense? Join us live with your questions and comments.

Jay Hancock
Kaiser Health News

Jonathan Weiner, Dr.P.H.
Professor of Health Policy & Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Monday, January 16, 2017

Shopping for Gas/Electricity

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

Paula Carmody
People's Counsel for the State of Maryland

Your Health - Heal Your Heart

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

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

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

Monday, January 9, 2017

Recent Terrorism-related Attacks

We take a look at the recent rash of attacks that seem really tough to defend against, including the Ft. Lauderdale airport, Berlin, and today, Jerusalem.

​Tyrone Powers, Ph.D.
Director​, ​​Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute​, AACC​

Your Health - Cervical Health

About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, and each year an estimated 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and, of those, about one-third will die as a result of the cancer. January is designated as Cervical Health Awareness Month, an opportunity to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer.

Dr. Katrina Mark, a women's health physician with the University of Maryland Medical Center, will sort out the myths and facts around cervical health, including HPV, and share tips and advice for women's health.

Do you have a question about cervical health? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Katrina Mark
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine
OB/GYN, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, January 2, 2017

Roy Rogers On A Mission

Based in Frederick, Maryland, the Plamondon Companies own and operate 24 Roy Rogers® Restaurants and oversee 29 franchise locations in the Mid-Atlantic region. Roy Rogers® offers the "Triple Threat" of USDA choice top round roast beef sliced to order, hand-breaded, fresh, never frozen, fried chicken and delicious burger. Unique to Roy Rogers® is their Fixin's Bar® with fresh lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, signature sauces and more.

Roy Rogers® was founded in Maryland and has become an iconic fast food restaurant throughout the region. They recently opened in Aspen Hill, MD with plans to open in Pasadena later this year.

Jim Plamondon
Co-President of Roy Rogers® Restaurants

Your Health - Keeping Kids Safe This Summer

Summer is a great time for kids to have fun in the sun, but it's also important for them to stay safe. Dr. Richard Lichenstein, a University of Maryland pediatric emergency department physician, will discuss the importance of sunscreen, staying hydrated, injury prevention and water safety to avoid the pitfalls that often arise with warmer temperatures. He'll also offer useful tips on what you can do to help ensure that your kids stay healthy.

Do you have a summer safety question? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

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

Monday, December 26, 2016

Your Health - Flu 101

It's that time again – time for the flu. Have you been vaccinated yet? Terry Dyer, a nurse practitioner with the UM St. Joseph Medical Group, will be a guest on MPT's Your Health on December 5 th discussing "Flu 101". Terry will discuss vaccination myths, what's new for this year's flu season, and what people should do when they think they are sick.

Terry Dyer
Nurse Practitioner, UM St. Joseph Medical Group

Miracle on 34th Street

A tradition that's been going on for more than half a century now continues to bring visitors from around the world to this special corner of Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood. How it all began and how it continues to bring cheer to young and old year after year? Bob Hosier, the one who started it all, joins us to explain.

Bob Hosier
Miracle on 34th Street House Exhibitor
http://www.christmasstreet.com/

Monday, December 19, 2016

Electoral College

Why does it exist and what would it take to change it?

Nicholas Miller, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, UMBC

Ian Anson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, UMBC

Your Health - Foot Health 101

Seventy-seven percent of Americans have suffered from a foot ailment, but only 36 percent have actually seen a podiatrist. Dr. Jacob Wynes, an orthopaedic foot expert with the University of Maryland Medical System, will discuss foot health on MPT's Your Health on December 19.

Dr. Jacob Wynes
Instructor of Orthopaedics - University of Maryland School of Medicine
Podiatric Surgeon - University of Maryland Medical System

Monday, December 12, 2016

Holiday Dream Gadgets

Jim Barry, the Consumer Technology Association's (CTA's) "Digital Answer Man," stops by to talk about holiday gadgets and electronics that would make ideal gifts and stocking stuffers such as health and fitness wearables, smart home gadgets and electronics, artificial intelligence assistants, cloud storage solutions and much more!

Jim Barry
Tech Expert & Consumer Technology Association's Digital Answer Man

Monday, December 5, 2016

Your Health - Flu 101

It's that time again – time for the flu. Have you been vaccinated yet? Terry Dyer, a nurse practitioner with the UM St. Joseph Medical Group, will be a guest on MPT's Your Health on December 5 th discussing "Flu 101". Terry will discuss vaccination myths, what's new for this year's flu season, and what people should do when they think they are sick.

Terry Dyer
Nurse Practitioner, UM St. Joseph Medical Group

Miracle on 34th Street

A tradition that's been going on for more than half a century now continues to bring visitors from around the world to this special corner of Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood. How it all began and how it continues to bring cheer to young and old year after year? Bob Hosier, the one who started it all, joins us to explain.

Bob Hosier
Miracle on 34th Street House Exhibitor
http://www.christmasstreet.com/

Monday, November 21, 2016

New Overtime Regulations

All you need to know about the new overtime regulations taking effect this December.

Julie C. Janofsky
Attorney, Fedder & Janofsky LLC

Healthy Eating During The Holidays

How can you enjoy all the traditional foods on Thanksgiving and the December holidays without gaining a lot of weight? Courtney Ferreira, a nutritionist with the University of Maryland Medical Center, will discuss tips for "Healthy Eating During the Holidays" on MPT's Your Health on November 21.

Do you have a question about healthy eating during the holidays? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Monday, November 21, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Courtney Ferreira
UMMC Nutritionist

Monday, November 14, 2016

Open Enrollment Underway For Health Insurance

The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, which is an independent unit of the state government, provides accessible, affordable health coverage to Marylanders.

Jonathan Kromm
Acting Executive Director, Maryland Health Benefit Exchange

Managing the Medicare Maze

MD Access PointThe Medicare Annual Open Enrollment is underway. It is a busy time of year, filled with postal mail, televised ads and telephone solicitations, which confuses many consumers. We discuss what you need to know to best navigate the Open Enrollment period.

Bernice Hutchinson
Chief of Client and Community Services, Maryland Department of Aging

Melissa Moreno
Health Insurance Specialist, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Monday, November 7, 2016

Toxic Presidential Election?

On the eve of election day, we discuss why and how this presidential race has been raising America's stress levels.

Lynn Bufka, Ph.D.
Associate Executive Director, Practice Research & Policy, American Psychological Association

Your Health - Diabetes 101

29 million Americans are living with diabetes – that's 1 of every 11 residents.

Dr. Kashif Munir, Medical Director of the University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at the UMMC Midtown Campus, will discuss diabetes health on MPT's Your Health show.

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

Dr. Kashif Munir
Medical Director, University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, October 31, 2016

Baseball & The Baltimore Orioles

For fans of the Orioles and the Nationals successful seasons ended with playoff games, but not enough of them. Our focus tonight is both baseball and the future of Baltimore.

John Angelos
Chief Operating Officer of both the Baltimore Orioles and the Mid Atlantic Sports Network

Monday, October 24, 2016

Cyber Attacks

What we know about the internet attack that took down some of the world's biggest websites.

Anupam Joshi, Ph.d
Director, Center for Cybersecurity, UMBC

Your Health - Breast Health

Breast cancer claims the lives of thousands of women in the United States each year.

Dr. Meghan Milburn, the Medical Director of the Breast Center at the Kaufman Cancer Center at UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, will discuss the latest research and screening recommendations and treatment options for breast cancer.

Do you have a question about breast health or breast cancer? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Monday, October 24, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Meghan L. Milburn
Fellowship-trained Breast Surgeon
Medical Director, Breast Center - Upper Chesapeake Medical Center

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of General and Oncologic Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, October 17, 2016

Hubble Telescope Discoveries

Imagine a world with more liquid water than we have here on earth. It's not science fiction, but here in our own solar system and it could have implications for finding life outside our planet.

William Sparks
Space Telescope Science Institute
http://www.stsci.edu/portal/

Monday, October 10, 2016

Consumer Scams

What are some of the latest scams that you should be aware of.

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

Your Health - Healthy Hearts for Fall & Winter

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in our country. Dr. Kelly Miller, an interventional cardiologist with the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center, will discuss heart health on MPT's Your Health show on October 10.

Do you have a question about heart health? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Monday, October 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Kelly Miller
Interventional Cardiologist, University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Monday, October 3, 2016

To Floss Or Not To Floss?

Is there enough evidence that flossing is good for your teeth after all? We talk about flossing and tips to best take care of your teeth and smile with Light Street Dental's Dr. Nicole Forel.

Dr. Nicole Forel
Light Street Dental

Monday, September 26, 2016

Your Health - Health Literacy

In order to make important health care decisions, you need to be able to understand and process often-complex medical information.

Donna Jacobs, Senior Vice President of Government, Regulatory Affairs and Community Health at the University of Maryland Medical System, will discuss what doctors and nurses can do to provide patients with clear, understandable information. She will also offer suggestions on what patients can do to ensure they get the facts they need to make informed decisions for themselves and family members.

Donna Jacobs
Senior Vice President of Government, Regulatory Affairs and Community Health, University of Maryland Medical System

Presidential Debate Preview

What you can expect from tonight's presidential debate between the two parties nominees.

Mileah Kromer, Ph.D.
Director, Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center At Goucher College

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Cars of the Future

Self-driving cars are no longer a thing of the future, they are here now! Motorweek czar, John Davis, takes us for a ride.

John Davis
Host, MOTORWEEK

Monday, September 12, 2016

Education Week - Latest Education Initiatives & Accomplishments

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski joins us to talk about the latest UMBC initiatives plus the university's major celebration this week.

Freeman Hrabowski, Ph.D.
President of UMBC

Your Health - Pulmonary Fibrosis

In pulmonary fibrosis, the lungs become scarred and stiff, and people cannot get enough oxygen into their blood, causing shortness of breath and fatigue.

Dr. Aldo Iacono, a pulmonary expert and medical director of the Lung Transplant Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center, will discuss who is at risk of developing pulmonary fibrosis, what the symptoms are, and how it is diagnosed and treated.

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

Aldo Iacono, MD
Professor of Medicine
and the Hamish S. and Christine C. Osborne Professor in Advanced Pulmonary Care
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Medical Director, Lung Transplant Program, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, September 5, 2016

Your Health - Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is estimated to affect 300,000 people in the United States each year.

Dr. Faheem Younus, an infectious diseases expert with the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, will discuss signs and symptoms of Lyme disease, how it is treated and what steps individuals can take in hopes of preventing it.

Dr. Faheem Younus
Chief of Infectious Diseases, UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, August 29, 2016

Your Health - Hip Replacement

Surgeons perform more than 300,000 total hip replacements each year in the United States. The most common reason for this surgery? Osteoarthritis

University of Maryland orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Farshad Adib will discuss who is a candidate for this procedure and how the surgery is performed. He will also talk about other possible

Farshad Adib, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Orthopaedic Surgeon, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, August 22, 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, August 15, 2016

Your Health: Sports-related Knee Injuries

Knee injuries are among the most common injuries among student athletes, and studies have shown that anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears have been on the rise for two decades, especially among female athletes. As young athletes head into the fall sports season, what can they do to avoid these types of injuries?

Dr. Jonathan Packer, an orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine expert at the University of Maryland Medical Center, will describe how knee injuries commonly occur and offer some suggestions on how to prevent them.

Jonathan Packer, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Back To School Must Have Gadgets

A look at the trendiest back-to-school gadgets for this school year with local Best Buy expert, Stennie Hull.

Stennie Hull
Best Buy

Monday, August 8, 2016

Your Health - Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is estimated to affect 300,000 people in the United States each year.

Dr. Faheem Younus, an infectious diseases expert with the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, will discuss signs and symptoms of Lyme disease, how it is treated and what steps individuals can take in hopes of preventing it.

Do you have a question about Lyme disease? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Monday, August 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Faheem Younus
Chief of Infectious Diseases, UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, August 1, 2016

Your Health - Latest in Cancer Research

Immunotherapy and new targeted agents that seek out and destroy cancer cells are among the many new treatment options that are now the focus of cutting-edge research studies. Vice President Joe Biden is leading a new initiative, the Cancer Moonshot, to accelerate cancer research and make more new therapies available to more patients.

Dr. Kevin J. Cullen, director of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC), will discuss some of the latest developments in cancer research and what they may mean for millions of patients facing this disease.

Do you have a question about cancer research or treatment? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on August 1 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Kevin J. Cullen, MD
Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Distinguished Professor of Oncology, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Director, University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center

Prime Time Living - Mental Health & You

MD Access PointA discussion on mental health issues that can arise later in life due to unforeseen changes and stress, and how to best address them.

Kim Burton
Mental Health Association of Maryland
www.MarylandAccessPoint.info
1-844-MAP-LINK (627-5465)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Police And Community

Baltimore City Police Commissioner stops by to talk about the recent violence involving police, the Justice Department review of the Baltimore Police, and the process of filling the Police vacancies.

Kevin Davis
Baltimore Police Commissioner

Your Health - Thyroid Cancer

More than 62,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed this year with thyroid cancer. Dr. John A. Olson, Jr., head of general and oncologic surgery at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, will explain how thyroid cancer is diagnosed and what treatment options are available. He will also talk about the latest research.

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

John A. Olson, Jr., MD, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Associate Director, Head of General and Oncologic Surgery

Monday, July 18, 2016

Republican National Convention 2016

An analysis of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Mileah Kromer, Ph.D.
Director, Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center At Goucher College

Melissa Deckman, Ph.D.
Washington College

Rhea Feikin - About Arts And Being Rhea Feikin

Maryland Public Television's First Lady, Rhea Feikin, joins us for a conversation on the latest in the local arts and what you can expect from this year's taping of Chesapeake Collectibles, taking place in August.

Rhea Feikin
Host, Chesapeake Collectibles
http://www.mpt.org/rheafeikin/

Monday, July 11, 2016

Dog Days Of Summer

How to keep our pets happy and healthy through the hot temperatures of July and August with Dr. Jonathan Kaufman of Eastern Animal Hospital.

Dr. Jonathan Kaufman
Eastern Animal Hospital

Your Health - Heart Failure

About 5.7 million people in the United States have heart failure – a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. University of Maryland cardiologist Dr. Detlef Wencker will discuss what causes heart failure and who is most at risk of developing it. He'll also talk about how doctors treat heart failure and what you can do to help prevent it.

Do you have a question about heart failure? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Detlef Wencker, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Section Chief, Advanced Heart Failure, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, July 4, 2016

Roy Rogers On A Mission

Based in Frederick, Maryland, the Plamondon Companies own and operate 24 Roy Rogers® Restaurants and oversee 29 franchise locations in the Mid-Atlantic region. Roy Rogers® offers the "Triple Threat" of USDA choice top round roast beef sliced to order, hand-breaded, fresh, never frozen, fried chicken and delicious burger. Unique to Roy Rogers® is their Fixin's Bar® with fresh lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, signature sauces and more.

Roy Rogers® was founded in Maryland and has become an iconic fast food restaurant throughout the region. They recently opened in Aspen Hill, MD with plans to open in Pasadena later this year.

Jim Plamondon
Co-President of Roy Rogers® Restaurants

Your Health - Keeping Kids Safe This Summer

Summer is a great time for kids to have fun in the sun, but it's also important for them to stay safe. Dr. Richard Lichenstein, a University of Maryland pediatric emergency department physician, will discuss the importance of sunscreen, staying hydrated, injury prevention and water safety to avoid the pitfalls that often arise with warmer temperatures. He'll also offer useful tips on what you can do to help ensure that your kids stay healthy.

Do you have a summer safety question? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

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

Monday, June 27, 2016

Mosquito Fear

The spread of Zika and the summer of fear when it comes to routine mosquito bites.

Michael Raupp
Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Maryland

Your Health - Drug Interactions

Jill Logan, PharmD, a pharmacist in the Emergency Department at the University of Maryland Medical Center, will answer your questions about possible drug interactions and discuss what you can do to make sure you and your loved ones don't combine medications that may cause serious problems.

Do you have a question about drug interactions? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on June 27 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Jill K. Logan, PharmD, BCPS
Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, June 20, 2016

Roy Rogers On A Mission

Based in Frederick, Maryland, the Plamondon Companies own and operate 24 Roy Rogers® Restaurants and oversee 29 franchise locations in the Mid-Atlantic region. Roy Rogers® offers the "Triple Threat" of USDA choice top round roast beef sliced to order, hand-breaded, fresh, never frozen, fried chicken and delicious burger. Unique to Roy Rogers® is their Fixin's Bar® with fresh lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, signature sauces and more.

Roy Rogers® was founded in Maryland and has become an iconic fast food restaurant throughout the region. They recently opened in Aspen Hill, MD with plans to open in Pasadena later this year.

Jim Plamondon
Co-President of Roy Rogers® Restaurants

Your Health - Keeping Kids Safe This Summer

Summer is a great time for kids to have fun in the sun, but it's also important for them to stay safe. Dr. Richard Lichenstein, a University of Maryland pediatric emergency department physician, will discuss the importance of sunscreen, staying hydrated, injury prevention and water safety to avoid the pitfalls that often arise with warmer temperatures. He'll also offer useful tips on what you can do to help ensure that your kids stay healthy.

Do you have a summer safety question? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

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

Monday, June 13, 2016

Prime Time Living - Stroke

The signs of stroke, how can it be prevented and a look at the Stroke Rehabilitation Program that helps stroke patients recover and maximize their potential.

Dr. Peter Gorman
University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute

MPT Salutes Vietnam Heroes

A look at Maryland Vietnam War Stories with veteran, Tom Glenn, who served in the Vietnam War on and off from 1962 to 1975.

Tom Glenn
Vietnam War Veteran & Author, Friendly Casualties

Monday, June 6, 2016

Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week

Chesapeake Bay Awareness WeekThe first annual Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week is celebrated from June 4-12 in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania in an effort to recognize the uniqueness, beauty, history and economic impact of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

For a full list of events, please visit: http://www.chesapeakebay.net/takeaction/events

Ann Swanson
Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Commission

Your Health - Melanoma and Other Skin Cancers

Melanoma rates have doubled in the United States since the early 1980s. More than 76,000 cases of invasive melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer – are expected to be diagnosed in this country this year. University of Maryland dermatologic surgeon Dr. Zaineb Makhzoumi will explain how melanoma is different from other skin cancers and what you can do to help prevent it.

Do you have a question about melanoma and other types of skin cancer? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on June 6 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Zaineb Makhzoumi, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Dermatology, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Dermatologic Surgeon (specializing in Mohs surgery), University of Maryland Medical Center

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