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September 03, 2016

When Altruism Isn't Enough
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Every day in America, 12 people die while waiting to receive an organ transplant. We talk to a medical doctor who has a lifesaving solution to this crisis. Then, we’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But a university research study says that may not be true.
Episode Segments:
Infotrak: The Case for Compensating Kidney Donors

1. 12 people die each day while waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant. Sally Satel, MD, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and editor of When Altruism Isn't Enough: The Case for Compensating Kidney Donors discussed the shortage of organ donations and shared her story of receiving a kidney donation in 2006. She believes that a program to compensate organ donors, through in-kind rewards, such as a contribution to a retirement fund, an income tax credit, or tuition vouchers for their children—rather than lump-sum cash payments—would eliminate the shortage of available organs.
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InfoTrak: How Important is Breakfast?

Conventional wisdom has always maintained that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. James Betts, PhD Senior Lecturer in Nutrition, Metabolism & Statistics at the University of Bath, England led a study that examined whether people who eat breakfast are healthier or lose weight more effectively than those who skip it. He said his research found that breakfast eaters consumed more calories each day and were more physically active overall, but there was no difference in weight. He believes that while breakfast doesn’t matter for adults, it still is important for children from a nutrition and learning standpoint.
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InfoTrak: The Keys to College

Monica Betson Montgomery, author of The Keys to College: A Roadmap for Parents to Guide Their Children read and scored over 20,000 freshman college applications throughout her career. She believes the process of preparing for college should begin in grade school or even earlier. She outlined possible strategies for parents navigate their way through their child’s educational career.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Sally Satel
Sally Satel, M.D., a practicing psychiatrist and lecturer at the Yale University School of Medicine, examines mental health policy as well as political trends in medicine. Her publications include PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine (Basic Books, 2001); The Health Disparities Myth (AEI Press, 2006); When Altruism Isn't Enough: The Case for Compensating Organ Donors (AEI Press, 2009); and One Nation under Therapy (St. Martin's Press, 2005), coauthored with Christina Hoff Sommers. Her recent book, Brainwashed - The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience (Basic, 2013) with Scott Lilienfeld, was a 2014 finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science.

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James Betts
Dr Betts joined the University of Bath in 2005 having completed a PhD in Human Muscle Metabolism at Loughborough University and is now a senior lecturer in nutrition, metabolism & statistics.

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