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Health professionals in Maryland answer questions related to their field.
Kids' habits and genetics, as well as the amount of space in their mouths, dictate if and when they need braces.
The placenta is supposed to expel from the womb after birth, but a condition called placenta accreta prevents this from happening in some women.
The American College of Radiology and the American Heart Association earlier this month set the first new comprehensive set of blood pressure guidelines since 2003.
Complications from the flu can be serious for pregnant women, but there are precautions that can help stave off the virus.
A nutritionist from Carroll Hospital says you can enjoy some goodies during the holiday season without gaining weight.
An expert offers advice on steps to take before and after a long race.
Ask the expert: Discount prescription card available to those without sufficient coverage.
Angelina Jolie says she overcame the common malady Bell's Palsy
A Sinai Hospital physician discusses complications that may be caused by gallstones during pregnancy.
Birthing center offer alternative to hospital for expecting moms
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first new drug in many years to treat ALS, the disease more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease that attacks and kills the nerves that control muscles
More than 24 million adults with arthritis are physically limited by the disease, a 20 percent increase in the number suffering limitations from 2002 to 2014, but exercise can reduce pain and prevent progression of the disease
acupuncture, ask the expert, Maryland University of Integrative Health
Americans have increasingly turned to surgery to help them lose weight. Nearly 200,000 people get bariatric surgery each year. The procedures have improved and evolved over the years.
Little white bumps called milia can be seen in newborns and adults
More than 66,000 children under three years old end up in the emergency room each year after suffering injuries from accidents in the nursery, according to a long-running study in the journal Pediatrics
A study published recently in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that while overall rates of colorectal cancer has been declining for decades in the United States, the rates for people in their 20s and 30s have increased dramatically over the same time, but earlier screening can catch more cases
Heart attack is the number one killer and one-third of patients go undiagnosed and die. Dr. Stephen Pollock, a cardiologist at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center talks about the best ways to detect, prevent and treat heart disease.
A tell-tale sign of a kidney stone is pain in a person's side, back and below the ribs. About one in every ten individuals will experience the pain of passing a kidney stone in their lifetime, said The pain can be so intense that people that some people compare it to giving birth. But he explains there are many treatments for the painful stones.
Older athletes like Tom Brady can keep playing, but need to be aware of changes to ability and risk.
Sometimes children recover on their own and other times, depending on the level of stuttering, they require therapy
Many sarcomas are overlooked by patients or misdiagnosed by physicians who are not familiar with the tumors. Any abnormal lump, bump or mass should be evaluated by a specialist, typically an orthopedic oncologist
While snoring can annoy your spouse or significant other, it can also be a sign of more serious health problem. Dr. Steven A. Schonfeld, director of the Sleep Lab at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, explains why it is important to figure out the root cause of snoring.
When the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released a statement saying there wasn't enough evidence to determine if the standard pelvic exam was beneficial for women without symptoms and who are not pregnant, it may have felt like welcome advice for women who dread the annual precautionary look
Elisabeth D'Alto, the retail dietitian for ShopRite Timonium shares the ways that people can make sure they get enough fluids this summer and avoid dehydration.
Lynch syndrome is the most common cause of inherited colon and endometrial cancer; about 2 to 3 percent of colon and endometrial cancer is associated with Lynch syndrome.
Many runners are familiar with the pain that comes from plantar fasciitis, inflammation in the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot. But normally all that's needed is conservative treatment until the symptoms subside, says Dr. Gary Pichney, podiatric surgeon at the Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy Medical Center.
Fainting, also known as syncope, is often a benign health issue, but in some cases it can indicate something more serious.
Anne Arundel Medical Center cardiologist answers questions about atrial fibrillation, an irregular and often rapid heartbeat, a common malady in Americans that can lead to many different problems if it's not treated
Bring on the peanuts and Cracker Jacks; the Orioles are back at Camden Yards. The ballpark has all the traditional offerings plus some new ones this year. Alison Massey and Leigh Tracy, registered dietitians at Mercy Medical Center, go over the menu and offer tips on eating well — while still enjoying a treat or two.
Dr. Ryan M. Zimmerman at the Curtis National Hand Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital said the tiniest joints of the fingers can break down over time, causing pain and stiffness in some patients. Joint replacement can provide much-needed relief.
There are dozens of types of autoimmune diseases, which cause the body's immune system to attack healthy cells, and millions of Americans suffer from them. They can result in a range of problems, from pain in joints and muscles to dysfunction in organs.
Dr. Anand M. Murthi, chief of shoulder and elbow surgery MedStar Union Memorial Hospital talks about the differences between stemless and traditional shoulder replacement surgery.
Women who have been pregnant or anyone who has been constipated may have experienced hemorrhoids, the swollen rectal veins that can make for a very uncomfortable situation. Most people, however, can learn to control flare ups with over-the-counter remedies and lifestyle changes.
Human bones need a steady supply of blood to survive. When something happens to that flow of blood, it can severely weaken and even kill the bone if not treated, said Dr. Robert M. Peroutka, a hip and knee surgeon at MedStar Orthopaedics. But, he explains, there are treatment options to prevent this from happening.
Students who play sports are more likely to be prescribed an opioid painkiller than those who don't play sports because of the chance of injury during the game or practice. That can lead to abuse of the addictive medication. Parents should monitor the prescriptions and even request doctors use other methods of pain relief if there is concern about addiction.
As the temperatures drop in winter and people turn to alternative heating systems, the chances of carbon monoxide poisoning increases.
In 2015 it is estimated that about 17,000 people will be diagnosed with esophageal cancer. In men in the U.S., the lifetime risk of esophageal cancer is about 1 in 125 while in women it is about 1 in 435.
It's not uncommon to hear people say they feel tired, whether it's because of a new work schedule, a new baby or just a hectic lifestyle. The answer for most if just getting enough sleep at a consistent time, expert says.
Public health officials often warn the public not to approach wild animals because they can bite, and they may be infected with rabies, whether they show obvious signs or not. Hundreds of animals a year are confirmed to have the nervous system disease
Head lice, the scourge of daycare centers and elementary schools, may have just gotten bigger. A new strain of "super lice" has infested people in 25 states, potentially making it more difficult to get rid of the parasites.
When Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC's Tonight Show, slipped on a rug in his kitchen and caught his ring on the countertop in late June, it took specialized micro-surgery to repair the damage to his finger. Fallon had what is called a ring avulsion, where the skin and most everything underneath is torn.
Influenza is a nasty virus that causes thousands of people to be hospitalized and die every year, but the flu vaccine can prevent many people from becoming ill.
Dr. Lisa Carey from Greater Baltimore Medical Center at Hunt Manor explains the difference between good and bad cholesterol and tells people how to maintain healthy levels of both.
The cartilage knee replacement, where cells are implanted and grow into the damaged space, is the longest lasting fix for younger patients who don't have arthritis
Many children suffer from foot problems, but often go undiagnosed. There are many symptoms parents can watch for said Dr. Bradley Lamm, a Baltimore-area foot and ankle surgeon and fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons.
Anyone suffering from sciatica can say that the pain can be intense. But episodes generally pass and over-the counter drugs and at-home exercises can help
Dr. Scott E. Woodburn, a fellow of the of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons who practices in Maryland clears up some misconceptions about bunions.
There doesn't yet appear to be ways to prevent allergies, but they can be identified and even controlled, according to Dr. Alvin Sanico, director of the Asthma Sinus Allergy Program at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
Clean eating can get out of control for some people
Radiation plays significant role in treating patients with breast cancer, but there are more option now that can reduce the time spent in therapy or the amount of healthy tissue treated.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among U.S. men, and there are effective treatments for many people, with several new drugs approved for tougher cases in recent years. Researchers also are exploring genetic tests to decide which therapies are best for which cases.
Late stage melanoma that has spread to brain has poor prognosis
Epilepsy is a common disorder where people suffer seizers, but most with the disorder can be treated with medications, though trial and error is often needed to find the drugs and dosage.
Acne is one of the most common problems that send people to dermatologist, and it's not always young people coming through the door. Adult acne isn't uncommon, and there is help at the drug store and from doctors.
As women get older, they have different needs when visiting their gynecologist. The body begins changing as menopause nears.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, has spent more than a month in a medically induced coma since being discovered Jan. 31 unconscious and face-down in a bathtub. People can survive a coma, with their chances largely depending on the level of brain damage they suffered, according to Dr. Michael A. Williams, medical director of the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Brain & Spine Institute at LifeBridge Health.
Chronic coughs are one of life's little annoyances. Coughing fits make it hard to sleep, make breathing difficult when exercising and can sneak up when you least expect it.
Like men, women benefit from strength training and stretching, though there are a few things that make women's muscles different from their male counterparts' bodies.
Franklin Square doctor answers questions about children's medication dosages
University of Maryland professor answers questions about stress' impact on heart health.
Everyone needs to take care of their teeth, but athletes can have a special burden.
Linda Bacon, a speaker and author, plans a free lecture on the subject Nov. 8 at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt Health System.
More women are having both breasts removed in response to breast cancer or a cancer threat
Busy lives, smartphones and poor sleep habits are all contributing to groggy children suffering from the same sleep disorders as adults.
Because of advanced treatments, curing prostate cancer has become more common. But many men suffer from side effects after treatment.
Antibiotics have saved countless lives over the years, but their overuse has lead to problems including antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Dr. Mary R. Clance, an epidemiologist at Anne Arundel Medical Center, discusses the history, troubles and appropriate uses of the drugs.
With all of the beeping of machines and checking of vital signs, patients in the intensive-care unit often have trouble sleeping. This, along with other hospital conditions, like lack of natural light and familiar surroundings, can lead to disorientation.
Secondary drowning afflicts children who survive a near-drowning incident. And though it's uncommon, it can be fatal if left untreated.
Keeping the body hydrated is important for everyone, but the elderly may face more challenges. Amy Boulware is Director of Nursing for North Oaks, a senior living facility in Pikesville, talks about how medications and lifestyles may make it hard for the elderly to stay hydrated.
Hip dysplasia may not be obvious in newborns, but the disorder may already be affecting babies' development.
Kaiser Permanente's chief of infectious disease answers questions about MERS.
But Dr. Gregory Small, board-certified in internal medicine and a primary care physician at Greater Baltimore Medical Center at Texas Station, says that there are a number of ways to treat these allergies.
Bumps that appear on the body can be hard for the average person to detect. Is it a pimple? A boil? A mosquito bite?
While diabetes is becoming more common, people are learning how to better manage the disease.
University of Maryland pediatric dentist answers questions about preventing cavities in children.
Many people assume the local hospital's emergency department is the best place to go for treatment, but an urgent care center may be a faster and cheaper way to get care for less serious conditions, according to Dr. William P. Jaquis, chief of emergency medicine at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.
When insomnia becomes chronic it can cause other health and lifestyle problems.
Multiple myeloma is cancer of the bone marrow, an incurable type of the disease that kills about 10,700 people a year.
Doctors say to wear sunglasses in the winter because UV rays can damage your eyes any time of the year.
Putting too much stress on your joints? Or maybe arthritis has become an issue? Athletes, seniors or anyone in these categories could develop a bone spur, or extra bone produced by the body.
Greater Baltimore Medical Center's Dr. Timothy F. Doran explains how much is too much
Lazy eye is often mistaken for eyes that cross or wander, but some patients with the disorder don't show these symptoms.
Circulation problems, diabetes, cancer may lead to slow-healing wounds
Wear eye makeup to bed or don't wash your face well and you may wind up with pimple-like styes on your eyelids.
The beginning of the school year is time when allergy symptoms in children may flare up. Dr. Manav Singla, a specialist at the Asthma Allergy & Sinus Center in Baltimore talks about how parents can help their children manage symptoms.
Women with dense breast tissue will now get a reinforced warning about cancer under new law
Maryland Insurance Commissioner Therese M. Goldsmith describes the kinds of plans that will be offered on the health insurance exchange, called Maryland Health Connection, when people begin enrolling Oct. 1.
Endometriosis is one of the most common causes of infertility
How far would you want doctors to go to save your life after a bad accident? It's a tough question many people may not want to think about it, but should.
We've all heard of arthritis in the knees and even the hips. But many people may not know the thumb is prone to the joint disease as well. Neil Zimmerman, hand surgeon at the Curtis National Hand Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, said the most common type of thumb arthritis happens gradually over time.
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease has become the most common chronic liver disease in all developed countries.
Damage to the compartments can cause a condition called compartment syndrome, which can cause painful swelling, said Daryl Osbahr, an orthopedic surgeon at Union Memorial Hospital.
The HET Bipolar System has recently been cleared by the FDA for the treatment of internal hemorrhoids, a common condition in older adults.
Ovarian cancer can be a death sentence for many woman. It is difficult to trreat and often goes undetected until the late stages when it has spread to other organs in the pelvis and abdomen.
Walkers, wheelchairs and other medical devices should be maintained like cars to prevent injuries and safety hazards
It is well-known that the HPV virus can lead to deadly cervical cancer in women, but the virus is causing throat cancer in men as well.
Most men will experience prostate enlargement as they get older, some to the point that it will cause urination problems, but there are many treatments.
Medstar Harbor Primary Care director says constipation is easily treatable, but patients should be careful it is not a sign of other health care problems.
Does eliminating specific foods from the diet, such as sugar or wheat, provide health benefits?
Heart disease is the number one killer of women, but many don't recognize the warning signs. They may ignore the symptoms or mistake them for more benign ailments.
Low libido in women is more common than people think
Ask The Expert with Dr. Mark Katlic of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore explores surgery on older people
A popular Downton Abbey character died in childbirth from eclampsia in a storyline that shocked audiences. But what exactly is eclampsia and does it kill modern-day moms?
Getting the right nutrients as part of vegan diet is possible with the right planning, a MedStar nutritionist says
While Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton can now make light of the injuries, a blood clot can be a serious health risk that can lead to death.
Hand, foot and mouth disease is common in children but easily treated, says dermatologist Benjamin N. Lockshin
Dr. Michael Grodin, co-director of retinal services and director of clinical research at Katzen Eye Group, discusses blindness and the link to diabetes.
ACL tears have taken out so many University of Maryland football players you'd think the injury is contagious.
Ask The Expert with Hopkins doctor Umasuthan Srikumaran on triceps tears, a rare injury suffered by Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis
Johns Hopkins pediatric dermatologist answers questions about newborn skin conditions such as diaper rash, cradle cap and erythema toxicum
That chronic groin pain sometimes felt by athletes may be called a sports hernia, but it's not really a hernia at all, according to Dr. Katherine G. Lamond, assistant professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
With so many things to think about, expectant mothers sometimes neglect their teeth, but this can have implications for their unborn babies.
Dr. Scott Krugman, chairman of the department of pediatrics at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and the president of the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, talks about children's sleep patterns and how to get them on a workable sleep schedule.
Pediatrician warns of dangers and what can happen to kids
Despite its name, ringworm, is not actually caused by a worm. Instead, it develops when fungus grows and multiplies on the skin.
Mercy Medical Center doctor answers questions about proper hydration
Sinai surgeon discusses benefits, risks of bariatric surgery
Dr. Argye Elizabeth Hillis of Johns Hopkins Medicine discusses the language disorder aphasia, which is most common in stroke victims
Mercy doctor answers questions about migraines
GBMC doctor answers questions about a new recommendation on PSA test
A bacteria that had caused a flesh-eating infection that left a Georgia graduate student fighting for life is more common than believed, says microbiologist Amy J. Horneman
The Interview: Dr. Hien Nguyen talks hernias in women
Doctor from Vasectomy Reversal Center of America answers questions
Greater Baltimore Medical Center doctor answers questions about new pap smear recommendations
Johns Hopkins professor, plastic surgeon explains the common procedure
Women with cancer should consider fertility preservation if they want kids says Hopkins doctor Melissa Yates
Painful condition affects 1 million people
An emergency response team member from DaVita dialysis center answers questions about dialysis
Dr. Henry Gavin of Saint Agnes Hospital talks about da Vinci robotic technology to treat lung cancer patients
Good Samaritan Hospital doctor says there are things that women can do, from improving their diet and exercising to finding the right treatment, to alleviate menopause symptoms
A smoking cessation expert at St. Joseph Medical Center answers questions about quitting smoking
A diabetes educator answers questions about living with diabetes during the holidays
Union Memorial hand surgeon answers questions about cubital tunnel syndrome
Eyelid inflammation becoming more common
Dr. Gary A. Pichney answers questions about broken toes and feet
Johns Hopkins doctor answers questions about diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer
Union Memorial doctor answers questions about training for Baltimore Marathon
University of Maryland's Dr. Ting Bao answers questions about breast cancer and acupuncture
State emergency management official answers questions about the system
Mercy's Dr. Paul J. Thuluvath answer questions about hepatitis C
GBMC pediatrician answers questions about getting kids ready to return to school
St. Agnes doctor answers questions about sepsis
Neurosurgeon answers questions about total disc replacement
Social worker answers questions about early onset dementia and Alzheimer's
GBMC doctor talks about food safety for the Fourth of July
Week of Father's Day puts spotlight on men's health
Dr. Robert Ancona at St. Joseph Medical Center answers questions about MRSA in children
Maryland Poison Center's director of operations answers questions about poison
University of Maryland Hospital for Children expert answer questions about childhood asthma
Dr. Tanveer Giaibi of Northwest Hospital answers questions about animal bites
Dr. Anand M. Murthi of Union Memorial answers questions about Tommy John surgery
Driving rehabilitation specialist Jan Crye at Sinai answers questions about senior driving
Dr. Robert Williams of University of Maryland Dental School answers questions about wisdom teeth removal
Dr. Gordon Tomaselli from Johns Hopkins Hospital talks about sudden cardiac arrest
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