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The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) partners with Maryland Public Television (MPT) for a special series called "Your Health," which features UMMS specialists who share their medical expertise with viewers all across Maryland.

UMMS guests appear every other week in a special "Your Health" segment on MPT's program "Direct Connection," airing live Monday nights at 7 p.m.

The show takes calls from viewers, so you have the opportunity to speak directly to our experts and get your questions answered.

Marc Siegelbaum MD, FACS

Your Health/Maryland Public TV: Kidney Stones

Monday, August 16th, 2019, 7 pm

On Maryland Public Television’s Direct Connection “Your Health” show on Monday, August 16th at 7pm

Are kidney stones “seasonal”? It seems so. Nearly 4 million people in the U.S. get kidney stones each year, and they are more prevalent in the summer. Kidney stones are made of mineral and acid salts and form when urine becomes concentrated. This “over concentration” happens more often in the summer, due to dehydration, when we tend not to drink as much as we should or we drink the wrong types of fluids—this causes dehydration, which leads to the formation of more kidney stones.

On Monday, August 19, Marc Siegelbaum MD, FACS, chief of urology and director of urologic oncology at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, will discuss how to avoid, recognize and treat summer kidney stones.

Do you have a general question about kidney stones? During the show, call 1-800-926-0629 or email your question to livequestions@mpt.org.