Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Patt Morrison for Thurs, 8/19/2010


Thursday, August 19, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:00 – 1:30




1:30 – 2:00

Kamala Harris, candidate for attorney general

It’s certain to be one of the more interesting races in this Fall’s election season: a conservative southern Californian white male district attorney who supports the death penalty, versus a liberal northern Californian African and Asian-American female district attorney who opposes the death penalty—both vying for state Attorney General.  Patt begins our 2010 Attorney General coverage with current District Attorney for San Francisco and candidate Kamala Harris.  Harris answers Patt’s questions and yours about her career and initiatives—most notably treating truancy among children in elementary school as a crime committed by the parents and what she sees as a more efficient, cost effective plan to substitute life in prison without possibility of parole for the death penalty.  We’ll also ask her thoughts on the Prop 8 rulings of the past month and whether, in her eyes, current Attorney General Jerry Brown has any obligation to defend the will of the 52% of Californians who voted to ban same-sex marriage.



Kamala Harris (COMMA-lah), district attorney for San Francisco, Democratic candidate for Attorney General and author of “Smart on Crime: A Career Prosecutor’s Plan to Make us Safer”


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Patt’s last interview with Kamala:




2:00 – 2:30

How to pay less at the ER

No one wants to go, or expects to go, but sometimes your only choice for medical treatment is the Emergency Room. The anxiety and powerlessness many feel about the costs associated with treatment at the ER can be overwhelming. There are some simple and important things to know about what to do if you get socked with an enormous bill for treatment (does aspirin really cost that much?). For starters, don’t go. The most common reason people go to the ER for non life threatening injuries is to treat sprains, superficial injuries, and upper respiratory infections. An urgent care center can take care of all these issues faster and cheaper.  But if you do find yourself at the ER, you best listen to Patt. It could hurt if you don’t. 



Lesley Alderman, Business Day 'Patient Money' columnist for The New York Times



  • She wrote the article “Demystifying and Maybe Decreasing, the Emergency Room Bill” (Aug. 6, 2010) for the New York Times

Jesse M. Pines, M.D, Associate Professor Emergency Medicine and Health Policy at George Washington University

Jesse Pines is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Health Policy at George Washington University and a board-certified emergency physician. Dr. Pines also has been the recipient of several awards including the 2009 Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Best Young Investigator Award and the 2010 American Academy of Emergency Medicine Young Educator Award. He is author on over 80 peer-reviewed publications, two books, and frequently contributes to the online magazine and Emergency Physicians Monthly.



2:30 – 3:00

Botox, boobs, and liposuction? Teens and cosmetic surgery

According to the Journal of Adolescent Health, the two most popular procedures for teens are liposuction and breast implants. Some social networking sites have noticed an increase in teens talking about Botox and other beauty enhancements, and seeking advice on how to ask their parents for the money to get some form of cosmetic surgery.   Is this a cultural phenomenon--a few high profile celebrities have either had cosmetic surgery or publicly discussed some interest in doing so.   Are there any ethical dilemmas associated with a sixteen year-old girl getting a boob job or a Botox injection?  What about the long-term health effects?  Some psychologists note that teens often out grow adolescent concerns about body image.  Should parents know the signs associated with body dysmorphic disorder and send their child to the therapist’s office rather than the cosmetic surgeon's?  



Dr. Renato Saltz, immediate-past president, American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons




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