Tuesday, October 6, 2009

: Patt Morrison for Wed 10/7/09


Wednesday, October 7, 2009


1:00 – 1:30



1:30 - 2:00

Spike in cases of autism or a case of purposeful misdiagnosis?

The latest CDC statistics on autism were released on Monday and there is a remarkable rise in the number of cases in the U.S. - but what exactly are we remarking on? Do these numbers reflect a growing epidemic, a widening definition of autism or perhaps the fact that many parents are choosing to take let their children be labeled autistic because other developmental problems that don’t fall under the autism umbrella and are often not eligible for state-funded resources?




Erik Linthorst, Director and producer of “AUTISTIC-LIKE: Graham’s story”



Dr. Stanley Greenspan, author of 38 books on human development, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Science and Pediatrics at george Washington University Medical School and founder of the Zero to Three Foundation




2:00 – 2:30

Severe Pandemic = Shortage of Resources?

Under extreme circumstances - a flu pandemic or the big earthquake - federal and state officials will be forced to deal with high demand for scarce resources, and they are formulating plans to allocate those resources fairly. For example, in the case of a severe flu outbreak, ventilators will be in short supply and decisions are being made about who will have access to the equipment.  How do officials balance questions of need, medical ethics, and public acceptance of their actions?



Dr. Sheri Fink, investigative reporter for ProPublica


Rear Admiral Ann Knebel (K-NEE-bell), U.S. Public Health Service



Betsey Lyman, Deputy Director of Public Health Emergency Preparedness for the California Department of Public Health.


  • In 2006, governor and legislature, out of concern for bird flu, allocated $214 million for surge capacity supplies and resources. 
  • These monies bought medical supplies and equipment for more than 20,000 hospital beds for alternate care sites. 
  • Purchased 2400 ventilators.  At the time there were 2400 in the entire state.
  • Purchased 50,000,000 N95 respirator masks (specialized to stop flu virus)
  • Purchased 3 mobile field hospitals - each size of football field.  Can be moved anywhere in the state.
  • Purchased 3.7 million anti-viral treatment courses (like Tamaflu).  Fed'l gov't has also set aside 5.3 million anti-viral treatment courses for California.  Total is enough for nearly 25% of state's population. 


2:30 – 3:00

The future of television: 3D, coming to a screen near you

The Television 3.0 Summit ends today (WEDNESDAY), after gathering together the industry’s most forward thinking executives to discuss the future of television. How long until 3D and holographics find their way into our homes? What’s keeping TV from evolving into a true on-demand experience, with users able to access content of their choosing in a time and place they want? We hear from two television pioneers.



Justin Rattner, VP & Chief Technology Officer of Intel; Intel senior fellow and head of Intel Labs



Jim Denney, VP of product marketing, TiVo






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