Your Health

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The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) has partnered with Maryland Public Television (MPT) for a special series called "Your Health," featuring UMMS specialists who will share their medical expertise with viewers all across the state of Maryland.

UMMS guests will appear every other week in a special "Your Health" segment on MPT's program "Direct Connection," airing live Monday nights at 7:30 p.m.

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

Miss the show? You can catch the segments right here on this site. You can also see a list of upcoming guests and topics. We hope you'll tune in for "Your Health" with UMMS and MPT.

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April 20, 2015

Performing-Enhancing Drugs and Teen Athletes

Professional athletes are not the only ones taking performance-enhancing drugs to gain a competitive edge. High school athletes are also experimenting with anabolic steroids and other banned substances. A survey released last year found that use of a synthetic human growth hormone by high school students doubled from 5 to 11 percent in a year. Steroid use rose by 5 to 7 percent.

Brian Perez, executive director of the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center’s Powered by ME! program, and Dr. Bill Howard, a sports medicine specialist with the University of Maryland Medical System, will discuss what’s happening locally and how the Powered by ME! program is educating high school athletes in Maryland about the dangers of taking performance-enhancing drugs. For more information about this program, visit

Do you have a question about this issue? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on April 20, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Brian Perez, MS, LAT, ATC

Executive Director, Powered by ME!
University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center

William H.B. Howard, MD

Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery and Orthopaedics 
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Orthopaedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Physician 
University of Maryland Medical System (University of Maryland Sports Medicine) 

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This page was last updated: April 14, 2015

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