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When to Say ‘Whoa!’ to Your Doctor

Mar 18, 2014 01:45PM, Published by Arden Haley, Categories: Health, Today



Doctors often order tests and recommend drugs or procedures when they shouldn’t—sometimes even when they know they shouldn’t. In fact, nearly half of primary-care physicians say their own patients get too much medical care, according to a survey published in 2011 by researchers at Dartmouth College. And the Congressional Budget Office says that up to 30 percent of the health care in the U.S. is unnecessary.

All that unneeded care can be hazardous to your health—and your wallet. For example, X-rays and CT scans expose you to potentially cancer-causing radiation, and can lead to follow-up tests and treatment with additional risks. And the costs can be substantial. A 2011 study found that the price tag for 12 commonly overused tests, such as annual electrocardiograms (EKGs) for heart disease and imaging tests for lower-back pain, was about $6.8 billion.

The problem has become so serious that such groups as the American College of Physicians, the National Physicians Alliance, and a coalition of medical societies in a project called Choosing Wisely have compiled lists of tests and treatment doctors themselves say are done too often. Below are the top five examples culled from those lists:

1. EKGs and exercise stress tests for heart disease

The problem: For many people, an EKG—which records the heart’s electrical activity through electrodes attached to the chest—is a standard part of a routine exam. Some also regularly get an exercise stress test, which is an EKG done as they walk on a treadmill. Both are key if you have symptoms of heart disease or are at high risk of it. But for other people, the tests are not as accurate and can lead to unnecessary follow-up and treatment.

The risks: Those follow-up tests can include CT angiograms, which expose you to a radiation dose equal to 600 to 800 chest X-rays, and coronary angiography, which exposes you to further radiation. Inappropriate testing can also lead to overtreatment with drugs or even surgery.

The costs: An EKG typically costs about $50 and an exercise stress test about $200 to $300, according to the HealthCareBlueBook.com. Subsequent interventions that are prompted by unneeded tests can add thousands to the tab.

When to consider the tests: An EKG and exercise stress test should often be ordered if you have chest pain, an irregular heartbeat, or other symptoms of heart disease. They can also make sense for people with diabetes or other coronary risk factors who are just starting to exercise.

2. Imaging tests for lower-back pain

The problem: Getting an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI can seem like a good idea. But back pain usually subsides in about a month, with or without testing. Back-pain sufferers in a 2010 study who had an MRI within the first month didn’t recover any faster than those who didn’t have the test—but were eight times as likely to have surgery, and had a five-fold increase in medical costs.

The risks: One study projected 1,200 new cancer cases based on the 2.2 million CT scans done for lower-back pain in the U.S. in 2007. CT scans and X-rays of the lower back are especially worrisome for men and women of childbearing age, because they can expose testicles and ovaries to substantial radiation. Finally, the tests often reveal abnormalities that are unrelated to the pain but can prompt needless worry and lead to unnecessary follow-up tests and treatment, sometimes including even surgery.

The costs: An X-ray of the lower back typically ranges from about $200 to $285, an MRI from $875 to $1,225, and a CT scan from $1,080 to $1,520. Imaging accounts for a big chunk of the billions Americans spend for lower-back pain each year.

When to consider the tests: They often make sense if you have nerve damage, or signs of a serious underlying condition. Red flags can include a history of cancer, unexplained weight loss, recent infection, loss of bowel control, urinary retention, or loss of leg strength.

3. CT scans and MRIs for headaches

The problem: Many people want a CT scan or MRI to see if their headache is caused by a brain tumor or other serious illness. And doctors often comply to provide reassurance and to avoid lawsuits. But all that’s usually needed is a careful medical history and neurological exam. Adding a CT scan or MRI rarely helps.

The risks: Brain scans can reveal things that appear worrisome but aren’t. For example, doctors might mistake a twist in a blood vessel for an aneurysm. Those findings can trigger follow-up tests, and prompt referrals to specialists for expensive consultations. And CT scans of the head can deliver a radiation dose that’s the equivalent of 15 to 300 chest X-rays.

The costs: A standard brain CT scan costs about $340, and a brain MRI about $660. Referrals to a specialist or subsequent treatment is extra, of course.

When to consider the tests: They’re often warranted if you have an abnormal result on a neurological exam, or if your doctor can’t diagnose the problem based on your symptoms and medical exam. See a doctor if you have head pain that is sudden or explosive; different from headaches you’ve had in the past; brought on by exertion; or accompanied by fever, a seizure, vomiting, loss of coordination, or a change in vision, speech, or alertness.

4. Bone-density scans for low-risk women

The problem: Many women are routinely screened for weak bones with an imaging test called a DEXA scan. If it detects outright osteoporosis, the results can help you and your doctor decide how to treat the problem. But many people learn they have only mild bone loss, a condition known as osteopenia, and for them the risk of fracture is often quite low.

The risks: A diagnosis of osteopenia often leads to treatment with such drugs as alendronate (Fosamax) and ibandronate (Boniva), which pose numerous risks. Those include thigh fractures, throat or chest pain, difficulty swallowing, heartburn, and more rarely, bone, eye, joint and muscle pain, bone loss in the jaw, and possibly, abnormal heart rhythm. But there is little evidence that people with osteopenia benefit from the drugs.

The costs: A DEXA scan costs about $132. The price for a month’s supply of generic alendronate is $38 to $70, and $125 to $148 for Fosamax, the brand-name version. People often take the drugs for years.

When to consider the test: Women should have the scan at age 65 and men at age 70. Younger women and men ages 50 to 69 should consider the test if they have risk factors such as a fracture from minor trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, low body weight, a parent who had a hip fracture, or if they have used corticosteroid drugs for a long time, or they drink excessively or smoke. Whether follow-up tests are needed depends on the results of the initial scan.

5. Antibiotics for sinusitis

The problem: People with sinusitis—congestion combined with nasal discharge and facial pain—are often prescribed antibiotics. In fact, 15 to 21 percent of all antibiotic prescriptions for adults are to treat sinusitis. But most people don’t need the drugs. That’s because the problem almost always stems from a viral infection, not a bacterial one—and antibiotics don’t work against viruses.

The risks: About one in four people who take antibiotics report side effects, such as a rash, dizziness, and stomach problems. In rare cases, the drugs can cause anaphylactic shock. Overuse of antibiotics also encourages the growth of bacteria that can’t be controlled easily with drugs. That makes you more vulnerable to antibiotic-resistant infections and undermines the usefulness of antibiotics for everyone.

The costs: Not all antibiotics are expensive, but since doctors write so many prescriptions for them, the total cost to the health-care system is substantial—at least $31 million a year.

When to consider antibiotics: Usually only if symptoms last longer than a week to 10 days or they are accompanied by a high fever or other possible signs of a bacterial infection.
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When to Say “Whoa” to Your Doctor provided by Anne Arundel Medical Center

* What’s Up? does not give medical advice. This material is simply a discussion of current information, trends, and topics. Please seek the advice of a physician before making any changes to your lifestyle or routine.


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  • Cats R Us Rescue Adoption Show

    10/04/2014
    11:30am — 03:00pm

    Need something soft to purr you quietly to sleep? Then awaken you with a swift pounce on the feet...


  • Cats R Us Rescue Adoption Show

    10/04/2014
    11:30am — 03:00pm

    Need something soft to purr you quietly to sleep? Then awaken you with a swift pounce on the feet...


  • Annapolis Collects Exhibit

    10/04/2014
    12:00pm — 05:00pm

    The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College commemorates the opening of its 25th anniversary and 2...


  • Treasures of NOAA's Ark Exhibit

    10/04/2014
    12:00pm — 04:00pm

    The Annapolis Maritime Museum will showcase artifacts representing science, service and stewardsh...


  • Beer-Toberfest

    10/04/2014
    12:00pm — 06:00pm

    Beer-Toberfest: all you can taste beers $35 per person Saturday, October 4th 12 pm - 6 pm Sev...


  • A spectacular 6-mile cruise on the beautiful scenic Severn River. View the historic Annapolis Har...


  • Snack Cruise

    10/04/2014
    01:00pm — 02:30pm

    PUBLIC EVENT Join the Chester River Packet Company for a snack cruise on the Chester River! ...


  • Plein Air - Summer Reflections

    10/04/2014
    01:00pm — 04:00pm

    September 3 - October 11, 2014 A gallery show featuring Plein Air artists with a last look bac...


  • Sail on Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester

    10/04/2014
    01:00pm — 03:00pm

    Experience a 2-hour sail on the scenic Choptank River on the last skipjack built for oyster dredg...


  • Chestertown Historic House Tour

    10/04/2014
    01:00pm — 05:00pm

    This is the day that the celebrated historic houses of Chestertown open their doors! Over three c...


  • Museum of Eastern Shore Life

    10/04/2014
    01:00pm — 04:00pm

    Glimpse rural life of the past at Queen Anne’s Museum of Eastern Shore Life: a unique collection ...


  • Cheestoberfest

    10/04/2014
    01:00pm — 06:00pm

    Cheestoberfest is an all-out, no holds barred, grilled cheese competition, being held at Fordham ...


  • Spa Creek Tour on Miss Anne

    10/04/2014
    01:15pm — 07:15pm

    This cozy launch will tour the residential areas of Old Annapolis to the headwaters of Spa Creek ...


  • The Night Fairy

    10/04/2014
    01:30pm

    Based on the book by Laura Amy Schlitz; Adapted by John Glore; Directed by Jeremy Skidmore Flo...


  • Four Centuries Walking Tour

    10/04/2014
    01:30pm — 03:45pm

    Four Centuries Walking Tour -- Colonial attired tour guides bring history to life as you visit ke...


  • The Shoplifters

    10/04/2014
    02:00pm

    Meet Alma — a career shoplifter who prefers the “five-finger discount” over some lousy senior cit...


  • Children’s book author Quentin Cupp will delight story lovers and aspiring writers with tales fro...


  • Chesapeake Bay Bridges Cruise

    10/04/2014
    02:30pm

    Marvel at the engineering feat as you cruise under the twin spans of the Bay Bridges that connect...


  • MARIE ANTOINETTE

    10/04/2014
    03:00pm

    We all know the famous story of the iconic and controversial Marie Antoinette. But was she just a...


  • The Printer's Mark Reception

    10/04/2014
    03:00pm — 05:00pm

    Kent Island Federation-Art Inc, Main Street, Stevensville, MD A gallery show of the art of print...


  • Colchester Farm 2nd Annual Oktoberfest

    10/04/2014
    04:00pm — 08:00pm

    Email: manager@colchesterfarm.org Join us to celebrate the fall harvest with a buffet of CSA veg...


  • The Night Fairy

    10/04/2014
    04:00pm

    Based on the book by Laura Amy Schlitz; Adapted by John Glore; Directed by Jeremy Skidmore Flo...


  • Chesapeake Arts Center: "Be the Band"

    10/04/2014
    04:30pm — 12:00am

    1st Round: "The Bands Enter": Entry deadline September 2, 2014 2nd Round: "Audience Participatio...


  • Thomas Point Lighthouse Cruise

    10/04/2014
    04:30pm

    The Thomas Point Lighthouse is the most recognized lighthouse in Maryland. View this National His...


  • Chesapeake Arts Center "Be the Band"

    10/04/2014
    04:30pm — 09:00pm

    CAC First "Be the Band"-Battle of the Bands Competition 3rd Round: "Showtime!" : Saturday, Oc...


  • Goshen Farm Harvest Dinner

    10/04/2014
    05:00pm — 07:00pm

    If you like to eat fresh food made from locally-grown ingredients and enjoy supporting the preser...


  • Annual A-MAZE-ING Corn Maze

    10/04/2014
    05:00pm — 10:00pm

    Come visit the corn maze and interactive games open to the public every weekend in October


  • Sylvia on the Accordion

    10/04/2014
    05:00pm — 09:00pm

    Sylvia strolling on the Accordion


  • Cabaret @ OCC Debuts

    10/04/2014
    05:30pm

    The Oxford Community Center announces a first-time fundraising gala on Saturday, October 4, featu...


  • Mary Ann Schindler: Totems and Touchstones

    10/04/2014
    05:30pm — 07:30pm

    Mary Ann Schindler began taking art instruction in grammar school. After graduating college with ...


  • Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior is an exhibition exploring the design of Frank L...


  • The origins of The Moscow Studio resemble a Russian fairy tale. Washington artist and Corcoran ...


  • Born in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1862, Frank Weston Benson (1862-1951) was a descendant of a fami...


  • Dave Glaser

    10/04/2014
    07:00pm

    Enjoy live music at Sam's on the Waterfront.


  • Walking Ghost Tours

    10/04/2014
    07:00pm

    Got Ghosts? We do...and we'll tell you all about them...who they are, where they haunt, why they'...


  • Special Historic Hauntings

    10/04/2014
    07:30pm — 09:00pm

    Includes an exclusive and spooky interior tour of the William Paca House. As the sun sets and dar...


  • Game Show

    10/04/2014
    08:00pm

    Trivia Night has never been this funny! Bring your knowledge, and maybe walk away with more than...


  • Jarabe de Palo

    10/04/2014
    08:00pm

    The Latin rock group Jarabe de Palo (strictly translated as "wood syrup" in English) was formed i...


  • MARIE ANTOINETTE

    10/04/2014
    08:00pm

    We all know the famous story of the iconic and controversial Marie Antoinette. But was she just a...


  • Twisted History Tavern Tour

    10/04/2014
    08:00pm — 10:00pm

    Murder, mayhem, sex and scandal! And Annapolis has seen more than its fair share! Come out drinki...


  • The Shoplifters

    10/04/2014
    08:00pm

    Meet Alma — a career shoplifter who prefers the “five-finger discount” over some lousy senior cit...


  • MainstayBrasil: The Nate Najar Trio

    10/04/2014
    08:00pm — 11:00pm

    This first concert in the MainstayBrasil series is a celebration of the release of the Nate Najar...


  • Children of Eden, the musical

    10/04/2014
    08:00pm

    Based on the story of Genesis, Children of Eden is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examinat...


  • Walking Ghost Tours

    10/04/2014
    09:00pm

    Got Ghosts? We do...and we'll tell you all about them...who they are, where they haunt, why they'...


  • Haunted Pub Crawl

    10/04/2014
    09:00pm — 11:00pm

    Want to go out drinking with a long dead barmaid, a "working girl" who'll fall for you, and a gho...


  • Lady Rizo

    10/04/2014
    09:00pm

    Lady Rizo is a 'Cabaret Superstar', according to New York Magazine, as the Grammy-winning starlet...


  • Rich Mascari Music

    10/04/2014
    09:00pm

    live music


  • Brasserie Brightwell "Live on the Patio"

    10/04/2014
    10:00pm — 01:00am

    Live music all summer on the patio with our outside bar! Check our website for details on all th...


  • 22nd Annual Hurlock Fall Festival

    10/04/2014
    08:00am — 11:00am

    The 22nd annual Hurlock Fall Festival kicks off Friday evening, Oct. 3rd, with Hurlock’s Got Tale...


  • 42nd Annual Artisans Festival

    10/04/2014
    10:00am — 04:00pm

    42nd Annual Artisans Festival. Fund Raising Event for Centreville Rotary Club. Includes Childre...


  • Maryland Renaissance Festival

    10/04/2014
    10:00am — 07:00pm

    On August 23, 2014 the 27 acre Village of Revel Grove comes to life. Let Merriment Abound with...


  • Chessie Jam – a Children’s Music Festival - at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, Maryland on Saturd...


  • Sunday in the Country

    10/04/2014
    01:00pm

    WPOC is proud to announce Sunday in the Country Weekend at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday...


  • In the United States, no one organization or individual owns, controls or regulates the name “Fri...


  • FRESHFARMMarkets, Annapolis

    10/05/2014
    08:00am — 12:00pm

    If there is a better location for a farmers market in Annapolis, we don't know where it is. Situa...


  • Carvers at the Crossroads Waterfowling Exhibit

    10/05/2014
    09:00am — 05:00pm

    The stories and connections between early 20th century carvers of the Chesapeake’s Susquehanna Fl...


  • Waterman's Triathlon Festival

    10/05/2014
    09:00am

    Saturday, October 4 | Oct 4 at 8am / Oct 5 at 9am This event runs Oct 4-5, 2014 Contact: Gre...


  • Osprey Triathlon at Kent School

    10/05/2014
    09:00am — 12:00pm

    7 Mile Bike, 2 mile Kayak, 3 mile Run. The course is fast, flat and fun. enter to race individual...


  • Join SpongeBob SquarePants and his underwater friends on a rollicking adventure in Bikini Bottom ...


  • Kent School Osprey Triathlon

    10/05/2014
    09:00am

    Contact: Tricia Cammerzell Email: tcammerzell@kentschool.org The race will consist of three leg...


  • Jazz Brunch

    10/05/2014
    10:00am — 02:00pm

    Join us for Brunch every Sunday from 10 AM to 2 PM and enjoy Live Jazz from 11 AM to 2 PM


  • 32nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival

    10/05/2014
    10:00am — 05:00pm

    On Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Mi...


  • Westfield Annapolis Mall Farmers' Market

    10/05/2014
    10:00am — 02:00pm

    Westfield Annapolis Mall Farmers Market Rt. 50 East & Jennifer Road, Annapolis MD 21401 Sunda...


  • A new hapkido school has opened in the Annapolis area. Traditional hapkido is an effective form o...


  • Artisan's Festival & Touch a Truck Event

    10/05/2014
    10:00am — 04:00pm

    Two days of fun, crafts food, music and BIG trucks! All proceeds benefit the Centreville Rotary C...


  • Animal Enrichment Day

    10/05/2014
    10:00am — 04:00pm

    Come to the Zoo for a day of special animal enrichment! Watch as the Zoo’s animals receive specia...


  • Learn traditional boatbuilding under the direction of a CBMM shipwright. You can be part of the w...


  • Four Centuries Walking Tour

    10/05/2014
    10:30am — 12:45pm

    Four Centuries Walking Tour -- Colonial attired tour guides bring history to life as you visit ke...


  • Front Room: Seth Adelsberger

    10/05/2014
    11:00am — 06:00pm

    This summer The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents a variety of luminescent and textured pain...


  • 30th Annual Homestead Gardens Fall Festival

    10/05/2014
    11:00am — 04:00pm

    The 2014 Annual Homestead Gardens Fall Festival opens Saturday, September 27 & Sunday, September ...


  • Pumpkin Patch Weekends

    10/05/2014
    11:00am — 04:00pm

    Weekends on Saturday and Sundays in October, 11am to 4pm. Free admission, hayrides to the pumpkin...


  • Volunteer Fair

    10/05/2014
    11:00am — 02:00pm

    On Sunday, October 5 (from 11 am to 2 pm) Prospect Bay Country Club in Grasonville will host its ...


  • Schooner Woodwind Weekend Cruises

    10/05/2014
    11:00am — 08:30pm

    Schooner Woodwind Weekend Cruises at Annapolis Marriott Waterfront, Annapolis. Call for specific ...


  • Faculty Exhibition

    10/05/2014
    12:00pm — 05:00pm

    The Faculty Exhibition features the work of MICA’s world-renowned full-time faculty, highlighting...


  • Renaissanz Rzen: Artist In Exile

    10/05/2014
    12:00pm — 05:00pm

    This show will feature the work of artist Warren Hynson, who works under the name Renaissanz Rzen...


  • First Sunday Arts Festival

    10/05/2014
    12:00pm — 05:00pm

    First Sunday Arts Festival is a Free Annapolis arts and craft show featuring about 100 local and ...


  • EXHIBITION FOLGER EXHIBITIONS Symbols of Honor: Heraldry and Family History in Shakespeare’s En...


  • Annapolis Collects Exhibit

    10/05/2014
    12:00pm — 05:00pm

    The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College commemorates the opening of its 25th anniversary and 2...


  • Treasures of NOAA's Ark Exhibit

    10/05/2014
    12:00pm — 04:00pm

    The Annapolis Maritime Museum will showcase artifacts representing science, service and stewardsh...


  • A spectacular 6-mile cruise on the beautiful scenic Severn River. View the historic Annapolis Har...


  • Spa Creek Tour on Miss Anne

    10/05/2014
    01:15pm — 07:15pm

    This cozy launch will tour the residential areas of Old Annapolis to the headwaters of Spa Creek ...


  • The Night Fairy

    10/05/2014
    01:30pm

    Based on the book by Laura Amy Schlitz; Adapted by John Glore; Directed by Jeremy Skidmore Flo...


  • Four Centuries Walking Tour

    10/05/2014
    01:30pm — 03:45pm

    Four Centuries Walking Tour -- Colonial attired tour guides bring history to life as you visit ke...


  • MARIE ANTOINETTE

    10/05/2014
    02:00pm

    We all know the famous story of the iconic and controversial Marie Antoinette. But was she just a...


  • The Shoplifters

    10/05/2014
    02:00pm

    Meet Alma — a career shoplifter who prefers the “five-finger discount” over some lousy senior cit...


  • October 5 Book Signing, 100% Proceeds Benefit AAMC Severna Park native and nationally ranked r...


  • When: Sunday through Saturday Where: Garfield Mixed Martial Arts; 1244 Ritchie Hwy in Arnold ...


  • Chesapeake Bay Bridges Cruise

    10/05/2014
    02:30pm

    Marvel at the engineering feat as you cruise under the twin spans of the Bay Bridges that connect...


  • Pecometh Auction Dinner

    10/05/2014
    03:00pm — 06:00pm

    Join Pecometh Camp & Retreat Ministries for their Pecometh Auction Dinner on Sunday, October 5 fr...


  • Catch Washington Capitals action at Verizon Center!


  • The Night Fairy

    10/05/2014
    04:00pm

    Based on the book by Laura Amy Schlitz; Adapted by John Glore; Directed by Jeremy Skidmore Flo...


  • Jo Dee Messina

    10/05/2014
    04:00pm

    Jo Dee Messina is an award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist that has given her heart and ...


  • Peter James

    10/05/2014
    04:00pm

    Enjoy live music at Sam's on the Waterfront.


  • Thomas Point Lighthouse Cruise

    10/05/2014
    04:30pm

    The Thomas Point Lighthouse is the most recognized lighthouse in Maryland. View this National His...


  • Puppy Preschool

    10/05/2014
    04:30pm — 05:30pm

    Puppy Preschool located at Greater Annapolis Veterinary Hospital Enrolling NOW Classes h...


  • Annual A-MAZE-ING Corn Maze

    10/05/2014
    05:00pm — 10:00pm

    Come visit the corn maze and interactive games open to the public every weekend in October


  • Talbot Cinema Society Meeting

    10/05/2014
    05:15pm

    It’s Movie Time again! The Talbot Cinema Society has announced its lineup of movies for the 2014...


  • Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior is an exhibition exploring the design of Frank L...


  • The origins of The Moscow Studio resemble a Russian fairy tale. Washington artist and Corcoran ...


  • Mary Ann Schindler: Totems and Touchstones

    10/05/2014
    05:30pm — 07:30pm

    Mary Ann Schindler began taking art instruction in grammar school. After graduating college with ...


  • Born in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1862, Frank Weston Benson (1862-1951) was a descendant of a fami...


  • Jo Dee Messina

    10/05/2014
    07:00pm

    Jo Dee Messina is an award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist that has given her heart and ...


  • MARIE ANTOINETTE

    10/05/2014
    07:00pm

    We all know the famous story of the iconic and controversial Marie Antoinette. But was she just a...


  • Combichrist

    10/05/2014
    07:30pm

    "It's beyond my personal demons, and extremely honest," says LaPlegua of the fifth Combichrist al...


  • The Shoplifters

    10/05/2014
    08:00pm

    Meet Alma — a career shoplifter who prefers the “five-finger discount” over some lousy senior cit...


  • Walking Ghost Tours

    10/05/2014
    08:00pm

    Got Ghosts? We do...and we'll tell you all about them...who they are, where they haunt, why they'...


  • Children of Eden, the musical

    10/05/2014
    08:00pm

    Based on the story of Genesis, Children of Eden is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examinat...


  • The 2014 Keepin' It Crew Tour

    10/05/2014
    08:00pm

    Colorado-based Michal Menert comes from a complex musical background of guitar, keyboards, and a ...


  • Game Show

    10/05/2014
    08:00pm

    Trivia Night has never been this funny! Bring your knowledge, and maybe walk away with more than...


  • Down Bar Dance Party

    10/05/2014
    10:00pm — 01:00am

    Featuring DJ Little Rock every Sunday in the Pub from 10 PM to 1 AM. Drink Specials, No Cover


  • Maryland Renaissance Festival

    10/05/2014
    10:00am — 07:00pm

    On August 23, 2014 the 27 acre Village of Revel Grove comes to life. Let Merriment Abound with...


  • Sunday in the Country

    10/05/2014
    01:00pm

    WPOC is proud to announce Sunday in the Country Weekend at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday...


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