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Live Greater | A University of Maryland Medical System Podcast

Health & Wellness Podcasts

Our mission is to put greater health care – and a greater life – in reach for Marylanders. Discover the latest health tips, treatments, and technology from our experts across the state.

Our mission is to put greater health care – and a greater life – in reach for Marylanders. Discover the latest health tips, treatments, and technology from our experts across the state.


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Our mission is to put greater health care – and a greater life – in reach for Marylanders. Discover the latest health tips, treatments, and technology from our experts across the state.






Does a Lump Always Mean Breast Cancer

Women should do self-breast exams at least once a month, but what happens if they find a lump? Does it automatically mean cancer? The short answer is no. In this important podcast, Dr. Meghan Garstka, beast surgical oncologist at UM Upper Chesapeake Health, discusses how to detect a breast lump, what a lump could be and what steps to take next.


MD vs. NP vs. PA: What’s the Difference

Many times, our “doctor’s visit” are with a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant. What is the difference between an NP, a PA and an MD? When can I see a nurse practitioner instead of a physician? In this podcast, two nurse practitioners from University of Maryland Shore Medical Group explain the benefits of seeing an “advanced practice provider,” what their education and experience is like compared to a medical doctor, where they see patients and much more.


What to Eat to Help Prevent Cancer

What you eat affects more than just your waistline. By eating the right foods, you can help fight cancer. Get tips from Brooke Sawicki, a registered dietitian at the Tate Cancer Center, including how to eat healthy on a budget.


Acupuncture Can Help with Spinal Pain and Recovery

Acupuncture is a part of traditional Chinese medicine that is well-researched is effective for pain relief and much more. Learn from Brian Jackson, LAc, a licensed acupuncturist at University of Maryland Orthopedics, how acupuncture can help with spinal pain and recovery.


Suicide Prevention

Important ways to take part in suicide prevention is to understand the issues concerning suicide. Know the risk factors, identify the warning signs, learn how to help others in crisis and change the conversation around suicide. Jennifer Redding, LCSW-C, Executive Director of Behavioral Health at UM Upper Chesapeake Health, explains how to help prevent suicide.


Stroke 101: Identifying and Preventing a Stroke

Most people have probably heard of a stroke or even know someone who has had one, but do you know what it really is, what to do if someone (including yourself) has one and how to prevent them? Dr. Christopher Stack, Medical Director of the Stroke Program at UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center, answers these questions and more.


Managing Your Neck Pain

Neck pain can be caused my many factors, including the electronic devises we use every day. Wendy Towers, a nurse practitioner who specializes in the care of neurosurgical patients, shares ways to manage your neck pain naturally and how to know when you need to see a professional.


Is Telemedicine Right For Me

While telemedicine became popular during COVID-19, it is not going away any time soon. How do you know if it is the right option for your care? Dr. Scott Burger from University of Maryland Urgent Care explains what telemedicine is and how to know if it is a good choice for you.


Common Myths about Hip and Knee Replacements

Dr. Theodore Manson discusses the common myths and reasons surrounding hip and knee replacements.


COVID-19 Recovery

COVID-19 has impacted every facet of our daily lives. Few understand this more than the clinical teams treating and rehabilitating COVID-19 patients. Experts from the University of Maryland Rehabilitation Network discuss the importance of rehabilitation for patients recovering from the virus.


How to Identify if You Have Sports-Related Back Pain

Listen to Justin Tortolani, M.D. discuss some of the major causes of spinal damage in sports.

Understanding Flat Head Syndrome in Babies and How to Treat It

Many infants experience a flat spot on the head (plagiocephaly), and less commonly torticollis, a condition where neck muscles contract or tighten, causing the head to twist or turn to one side. Our experts at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital are treating and rehabilitating children with these conditions every day. Listen as they discuss the important process of rehabilitation.

Surgical Approaches Used for Hip Surgery

Total hip replacement is one of the most successful surgeries currently performed. Listen to Kevin McCoy, M.D. discuss the surgical approaches used for Hip Surgery and the benefits for patients.

Signs you Need a Knee Replacement

Orthopaedic surgeon David Dalury, MD, discusses top signs of needing a knee replacement, how to prepare yourself for the surgery and what to expect afterward.

How Do I Know I Need a Hip Replacement

How to know if you have a hip problem and what are the first signs of needing a hip replacement.

What Are Degenerative Spine Conditions And How Are They Treated

In this episode Dr. Kurtom, discusses degenerative spine conditions and how they are treated.

Spinal Cord Injuries & Wheelchairs

Join the University of Maryland Rehabilitation Network’s Senior Physical Therapist, Karin Seeley, as she discusses the importance of proper wheelchair fitting after recovery from a spinal cord injury.

Robotic Surgery for Joint Replacement with Raj Yalamanchili, MD

Dr. Raj Yalamanchili shares his insight on the value of robotic surgery for joint replacement and how it works. Learn more about UM Joint Network Learn more about UM UCH Network

What is Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction?

Learn about the sign/symptoms of Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction and when it is time to call a Doctor. Learn more about UM Spine Network


Rapid Recovery Following Joint Replacement Surgery

Rapid Recovery is a unique process designed to help patients get back on their feet faster. Learn more about rapid recovery following joint replacement surgery and the top three reasons it's effective. Learn more about UM Joint Network