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Health & Wellness Podcasts

Welcome to the Live Greater Podcast Series. Information for a healthier you from the University of Maryland Medical System. Discover the latest health tips, treatments, and technology from our experts across the state.


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Welcome to the Live Greater Podcast Series. Information for a healthier you from the University of Maryland Medical System. Discover the latest health tips, treatments, and technology from our experts across the state.






What Is an Anterior Hip Replacement?

Many people have heard of hip replacements. They restore mobility and relieve pain in people with degenerative hip disease or hip trauma. There is a technique called an anterior hip replacement that has been shown to be less painful than many other hip replacement options. In this podcast, Dr. William Cook, chief of orthopaedic surgery at UM Upper Chesapeake Health, discusses what makes this procedure different, who is eligible, what surgery is like and much more.


When to See a Pulmonologist

Your chest is tight when you take a deep breath. You suddenly have trouble breathing when you walk up and down the stairs. You have a cough that won’t go away. There are many reasons your primary care provider might refer you to a pulmonologist who specializes in lung health and lung conditions. In this podcast, Dr. Peter Olivieri, a pulmonologist and critical care expert at UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center, talks about what pulmonology is, when you might need to see a pulmonologist,...


How Vascular Screenings Can Save Your Life

Did you know that an estimated 20 to 30 million Americans are a risk for vascular disease? These include stroke, peripheral artery disease, carotid artery disease, aortic aneurysms and others. In most cases, with early detection, vascular disease can be treated effectively. In this podcast, Deidre Smith, a Vascular Surgery Nurse Practitioner at UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center, tells us about vascular screenings and how they can save your life!


Am I Good Candidate for a Hip or Knee Replacement?

If you have hip or knee pain, you may wonder if a joint replacement would provide relief. Did you know that not everyone is a good candidate for this surgery? What makes someone a good candidate and what are alternative treatments? In this podcast, Dr. Sumon Nandi, a hip and knee surgeon with the University of Maryland Medical System, talks about hip and knee replacements, how they help, and who is a good candidate to have one.


Exercises for Lower Back Pain

Does your low back hurt often? There are some healthy habits to adopt and easy exercises you can do to alleviate the discomfort. In this podcast, Dr. Peter Bowman, Director of Therapy Services for the University of Maryland Orthopaedic Associates, explains the causes of low back pain and shares ways to feel better quickly.


How to Have a Back-Healthy Lifestyle

Is your chronic back pain related to your lifestyle? Sitting too much, not exercising enough, too much stress, and even being overweight could affect how your back feels. In this podcast, Dr. Claudia Dal Molin, a sports medicine expert with an interest in lifestyle medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center, discusses what lifestyle changes can help reduce back pain and what steps you can take to help your back feel great.


COPD and Lung Transplants: When and How to Advocate for Yourself

COPD can take a toll on your lungs and sometimes a lung transplant is the best option. Unfortunately, patients often wait too long to get the lung transplant they need. In this podcast, Dr. Robert Reed, Medical Director of the University of Maryland Lung Transplant Program, addresses what signs to look for that indicate a lung transplant might be beneficial, how to advocate for yourself to get the care you need in a timely fashion and the benefits of getting a lung transplant.


Knee Osteoarthritis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Do your knees go “snap, crackle and pop?” Could that be osteoarthritis? In this podcast, Dr. Kevin McCoy, an orthopedic surgeon affiliated with UM Shore Regional Health, discusses what osteoarthritis is, when to seek help, how to prevent it and more.


Urinary Tract Infections: Prevention is Key

If you have pain or burning when you urinate, feel an urgent need to go or go often, have cloudy, bloody or foul-smelling urine, or have pelvic pain, you might have a urinary tract infection. While women have them more often, they can also affect men. And did you know that cranberry juice is not helpful at preventing or curing UTIs? In this podcast, Dr. Scott Burger, Chief Medical Officer of UM Urgent Care, talks about what a UTI is, what to do if you get one, how to prevent them and much...


What is a Healthy Lifestyle Really?

Health is different for everyone as are their health goals. What does it mean to you and how do you achieve it? In this podcast, Dr. Claudia Dal Molin, a sports medicine expert with a passion for lifestyle medicine from University of Maryland Medical Center, discusses health, goals, lifestyle medicine and how to find the healthiest you.


How Does Medical Nutrition Therapy Help with Diabetes?

Medical Nutrition Therapy is considered a key component of diabetes education and management by the CDC. One of the benefits is lowering the A1C level, but it does much more than that. Learn from dietitian and diabetes educator Jocelyne Loran what this program is, how it works and the many benefits it offers to patients who have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.


Living Healthy with COPD

There is good news for people diagnosed with COPD – you can still live a long, healthy life! Join lung specialist Dr. Sunil Swami for a conversation about what to do to breathe better now and how to care for your lungs so you can keep feeling your best well into the future.


How Breast Screenings Save Lives

Science and medicine are always evolving – getting better, more efficient – so we can live healthier, longer lives. This is true for breast health as well. In this podcast, Dr. Meghan Garstka, breast surgical oncologist at the Breast Center at UM Upper Chesapeake Health, talks about the importance of breast screening and how it can detect abnormalities in the earliest stages.


Relieving Cervical Radiculopathy: Treatments for a Pinched Nerve

Do you have a feeling of “pins and needles” in your hands or fingers with weakness and/or a loss of sensation in your arm, shoulder or hand muscles? You may have Cervical Radiculopathy, better known as a pinched nerve. In this podcast, spine expert Dr. Steven Ludwig, will address the causes, treatments (both surgical and non-surgical) and ways to prevent getting a pinched nerve. Learn more about the expert spine care at the University of Maryland Medical System


Arthroplasty & Arthroscopy: What’s the difference?

As we age, joints tend to wear down or even wear out. Two options your doctor might suggest are arthroscopy or arthroplasty. They sound very similar. What is the difference? In this podcast, Dr. William Cook, chief of orthopaedic surgery at UM Upper Chesapeake Health, addresses that very question as well as considerations each patient should address with their doctor.


The Importance – and Impact – of Integrative Health

It has become common knowledge that to really make an impact on your health, you need to do more than just take a pill. But what does that mean? Integrative health empowers you to use all the tools available, across every dimension of health, to achieve overall wellness and help you live your best life. This may mean taking certain medications, but it also includes exercising, eating a balanced diet, practicing stress reduction, and possibly embracing such health practices as meditation,...


Treatments for Pain Caused by Peripheral Diabetic Neuropathy

Peripheral diabetic neuropathy, caused by nerve damage in people with diabetes, can cause pain and numbness in the feet and legs, and sometimes the hands and arms. In this podcast, we talk with pain management specialist Dr. Brian Block about how to combat the pain caused by peripheral diabetic neuropathy and what treatments are available.


Finding Equity in Women’s Health Care

“Health equity” means giving everyone the opportunity to achieve their best health, regardless of race, age, economic status or geography. At UMMS, we are committed to removing barriers to care for all those we serve, improving length and quality of life, as well as disease, disability and death rates, and improving access to care. Here to help us put health equity into greater perspective is certified nurse midwife and professional educator Lauren Arrington, CNM, whose work in health equity...


How to Have a Healthy Gut

Your “gut” is a key component to good health. But what happens if you begin to have problems with digestion or elimination? How can you get back that delicate balance of healthy bacteria? Do probiotics help? What about going gluten-free? In this podcast, Dr. Sagal Ali, a gastroenterologist and gut-health expert, discusses what gut health really means and how to have a healthy, happy belly and GI tract.


Lung Cancer Treatment

Lung cancer has very few symptoms in the early stages, so experts recommend certain people get screened regularly starting at age 45. But what happens if your scan shows cancer? In this podcast, Drs. Eric Krause and Heather Lee from UM Capital Region Health discuss lung cancer diagnoses and treatment options.