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.

Kanagie McAleese head shot

Next Your Health Segment: February 4th, 2019 7 p.m. on MPT's Direct Connection


Marie Kanagie-McAleese MD, FAAP
Pediatric Hospitalist, UM Upper Chesapeake Health


Adenoviruses are common viruses that can infect the lining of a person’s eyes, airways and lungs, intestines, urinary tract, and nervous system. They are common causes of fever, coughs, sore throats, diarrhea, and pink eye. Infections happen in children more often than in adults, but anyone can get them. Most kids will have at least one type of adenovirus infection by the time they’re 10-years-old.The infections usually cause only mild symptoms and get better on their own in a few days, but in people with weakened immune systems, especially children, they can be more serious, and in some cases, deadly

On Monday, Feb 4, Marie Kanagie-McAleese MD, FAAP, a pediatric hospitalist with University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, will discuss adenoviruses.

Do you have a general question about adenoviruses? During the show, call 1-800-926-0629 or e-mail your question to

Your Health: Bladder Health and UTIs

Originally aired December 14, 2018

Urinary tract infections or UTIs are painful, annoying and very common. It’s an infection in your urinary system, usually in the bladder and urethra. What causes UTIs? What’s the best treatment? Does cranberry juice really help prevent a UTI? Dr. Madeline Dick-Biascoechea, a urogynecologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center, discusses risk factors, prevention and available treatments.