Friday, April 15, 2011

Patt Morrison for Monday, April 18, 2011


Monday, April 18, 2011

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:39




1:41:30 – 1:58:30

Don’t give up your coffee-drinking habit just yet…

Coffee—it’s what gets so many of us through the day. But is it good or bad for our health? In the 1970s and 1980s, a slew of contradictory studies came out on the pros and cons of coffee. Some studies claimed that coffee raised the risk of heart attack and

stroke; others claimed that it lowered the risk of both. In 1990, a Harvard study found that coffee had no effect on either. But since then, numerous studies have found new health benefits of coffee, particularly in relation to cardiovascular health. A recent Swedish study, for example, reported that coffee seems to lower the risk of stroke in women by up to 25%. Other studies claim coffee may improve insulin metabolism, reduce rates of diabetes, make abnormal heart rhythms less frequent, reduce cognitive impairment such as that of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, and protect against certain cancers. And yet, some are still concerned about coffee’s addictive nature and fear that it may raise risk of stroke, diabetes, and hypertension after all. What are we to make of all these coffee studies?  Should we be drinking coffee, and if so, how much?



David S. Liebeskind, MD, [Lee-be-skeend], associate neurology director, UCLA Stroke Center; neurology director, UCLA Stroke Imaging Program; program director, Vascular Neurology Residency Program; co-medical director & co-technical director, Cerebral Blood Flow Laboratory





2:06 – 2:19




2:21:30 – 2:39

Manipulators and the media: hoaxes and hazards

The Yes Men have long represented themselves as gadflies and pranksters. Utilizing the internet as a forum for drawing negative attention, or as they might describe it, “identity correction,” this group misrepresents corporations with which they take issue, often in comical ways. Their latest bit of fake news attracted the real media, which reported it as truth. Using a bogus website masquerading as corporate giant General Electric, the Yes Men falsely reported that G.E. would donate its 3.2 billion dollar tax ”refund” in order to aid the faltering U.S. job market. The Associated Press, one of the largest news outlets in America, picked it up and ran it as a story, with other news outlets following. And then the fake news became real news when the Yes Men were called out on their hoax by G.E. How often is the media fooled and what affect does it have on the vital credibility of news agencies?



Jim Rainey, staff writer and On the Media columnist for the Los Angeles Times





2:41:30 – 2:58:30

Marine’s tragic end a reminder of a generation’s war wounds

To the public eye, Clay Hunt was a shining example of a modern war veteran diligently coping with PTSD and the survivor’s guilt he felt over the deaths of his fellow Marines. The 28-year-old former Marine corporal earned a Purple Heart after enemy fire pinned him, a sniper’s bullet missed his head by inches and hit his left wrist, and he watched his fellow Marine bleed out from a throat wound—“a scene,” he said, “that plays on repeat in my head nearly every day, and most nights as well.” He was honorably discharged in 2009, returned home, married and enrolled at Loyola Marymount University. He took up road-biking with wounded veterans and was even selected for a public service announcement reminding veterans that they aren’t alone. But soon his marriage dissolved, he dropped out of school and on March 31st, he bolted himself in his Houston apartment and shot himself, a grim reminder of the invisible wounds a generation of Americans are returning home with. Hunt also lobbied for veterans on Capitol Hill. Is enough being done to support returning veterans and what will the wars’ impact be on their generation?



Representative of the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America


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