Marketplace AM for August 23, 2005

Episode Description 

Saving children in the developing world

It's hard to accept: 9 million children under the age of 5 die each year in the developing world. What if there was a magic pill that could prevent many of those deaths? A study out today in the British journal <em>The Lancet</em> says there is one. From the Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer reports.

Overly fond of bottled water

Americans spend nearly $10 billion a year on bottled water. That's something commentator Tom Standage finds hard to swallow.

Nice idea: patent it.

If you have a great invention, you better darn well get a patent. In a global economy dominated by intellectual property, patents are more critical than ever. As you might imagine, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is awfully busy. Stephen Henn reports it's struggling to keep its people.