Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Patt Morrison for Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:30




1:30 - 1:58:30

Tests detect early onset Alzheimer’s but, without a cure or treatment, should they?

Advances in spinal taps and M.R.I.’s now make it more possible than ever for doctors to run diagnostic tests to diagnose early onset Alzheimer’s. But should they? There’s still no treatment for the degenerative brain disease or even a test to verify a patient is suffering from Alzheimer’s and not severe dementia. That moral dilemma is cropping up in various areas of medicine as technology for diagnostic tools bounds ahead of treatment research.  With tests that can spot or predict disease decades in advance of symptoms but with no way to prevent or treat those diseases, is it worth knowing? Some doctors say no and even refuse to administer the tests, arguing the results do more to burden patients with information overload than to help them prepare to make life-changing decisions. Would you want to know even if there was nothing you could do to change the outcome?



Dr. Michael Rafii, Director of the Memory Disorders Clinic, Associate Medical Director at the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study and Assistant Professor of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego



  • Feels personally conflicting about giving people the diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s because there’s not much they can do with that information


Arthur Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania




2:06 – 2:30

Time Warner delivers a lump of coal just in time for Christmas: higher cable rates

In April Time Warner Cable raised monthly rates for basic service by $3; just after the new year Time Warner will once again raise rates by another $3, claiming that they are improving their product and that money raised through rate increases is invested back into the services they provide to their customers.  But many of those specialized services are also getting more expensive:  the fee for having a Time Warner employee come to your house to pick up old equipment goes up 50%; the cost of installation of digital phone or internet service will jump 65%.  Time Warner defends itself by saying that costs of business is up across the board and that they “must periodically adjust [their] prices.”  While their services are expensive they are still largely popular and customers have generally accepted more expensive bills without too much protest.  If you’re a Time Warner customer do you object to a new round of rate increases? 



David Lazarus, business columnist at the Los Angeles Times and author of the column, “Time Warner Cable's gift to itself: More of your money”




Time Warner Cable representative




2:30 – 2:39




2:41 – 2:58:30

The Pledge: one nation indivisible?
"I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the republic for which it stands - one nation indivisible - with liberty and justice for all."  Jeffrey Owen Jones and Peter Meyer explain in their new book "The Pledge" that these 23 words were written as the original pledge of allegiance by Francis Bellamy in 1892.  Writing  just 27 years after the nation's civil war and amidst a tense time of immigrant influx into the country, Bellamy hoped the words "one nation indivisible" would help unite a nation in a fragile time.   Little did he know that his pledge would go on to become such a divisive topic in this country, making it to the Supreme Court three times.  Should the pledge be recited in public schools?  Should it have the words "under God" in it?  Peter Meyer stops by the program to discuss the history of this pivotal document in American history and how the debate has evolved.



Peter Meyer, author of “The Pledge: a history of the Pledge of Allegiance”; journalist and former news editor of Life magazine





Jonathan Serviss

Producer, Patt Morrison Program

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