Thursday, November 26, 2009

in30.tv: Thanksgiving

in30.tv: Thanksgiving is holiday which is mostly observed in North America.

Friday, November 20, 2009

What Does Swine Flu Have to Do with Neckties?

ESLPod Blog: What Does Swine Flu Have to Do with Neckties?

Dr Jeff McQuillan: "...Today I read in The Wall Street Journal about a new problem related to the swine flu: the necktie that your doctor wears (that is, if your doctor is a man). Some studies have indicated that these ties are in fact dangerous to patients (people who go to see the doctor or who are sick) because they can actually carry germs and viruses. When the doctor leans close (moves close to, moves toward) to your face with a tie on, you have a greater chance of catching (getting) these germs and viruses..." (read more)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fat-Producing Hormone May Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes



VOAVideo: Fat-Producing Hormone May Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

The World Health Organization estimates that at least 180 million people have diabetes. Ninety percent have what's called Type 2 diabetes, caused by the body's ineffective use of insulin. Researchers have focused in recent years on a hormone derived from fat cells, called adiponectin, which is shown to lower the risk of diabetes. VOA's Melinda Smith reports that scientists now hope this could improve the treatment of diabetes or even prevent it altogether.

On the Road to Health Reform, Congress Moves a Step Closer

VOANews: On the Road to Health Reform, Congress Moves a Step Closer

The bill narrowly passed by the House includes a public option, a government-run health insurance plan.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Obama Holds Town Hall in Shanghai



VOAVideo: Obama Holds Town Hall in Shanghai

VOA News Special Report: President Obama in Asia

All VOA News stories and videos related to the President Barack Obama's first Asia trip began November 12, taking him to Japan, Singapore, China and South Korea. The historic 10-day journey includes bilateral and multilateral meetings, a town hall-style meeting in China and a visit with U.S. troops stationed in South Korea.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Obama's Town Hall Meeting in Shanghai


Remarks by President Obama at Town Hall Meeting in Shanghai (by question)


VOA News Special Report:

President Obama in Asia

All VOA News stories and videos related to the President Barack Obama's first Asia trip began November 12, taking him to Japan, Singapore, China and South Korea. The historic 10-day journey includes bilateral and multilateral meetings, a town hall-style meeting in China and a visit with U.S. troops stationed in South Korea.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

ESL Podcast 529 – Insulting Other People

ESL Podcast 529 – Insulting Other People

Sometimes the best way to deal with rude people is to ignore them. Find out what happens when you don’t in this episode. Download Podcast

Lourdes: Do you see those teenagers over there? They’re making trouble again.

Nick: Those kids are just messing around. When they get bored, they’ll pipe down and go home.

Lourdes: They’re really getting on my nerves, playing loud music and making all that noise. They’re a disgrace . . .

Thursday, November 12, 2009

H1N1 Cases Put Strain on Hospital Emergency Rooms

VOAVideo: H1N1 Cases Put Strain on Hospital Emergency Rooms

Some hospital emergency rooms in the United States are facing severe strains dealing with the H1N1 flu outbreak, while others are handling cases without much difficulty. VOA's Jeff Swicord reports on one small hospital outside of Washington that began planning last April for an influx of flu patients. (read more)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Healthcare Reform Bill Passes U.S. House of Representatives



VOAVideo: Healthcare Reform Bill Passes U.S. House of Representatives

It's a major victory for President Barack Obama, and his Democratic Party supporters in the House of Representatives. But what took a matter of hours in the House could take weeks in the Senate. VOA's Laurel Bowman takes a look at the hurdles this healthcare legislation faces ahead.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Listen a Minute: Advice


Sean Banville has a new website: Listen A Minute

  • One minute a day is all you need to improve your listening skills
  • Focus on new words, grammar and pronunciation in these short texts.
  • Doing the online activities, discussion, survey and writing will help.
  • Listen many times - enough for you to you understand everything.
Listen a Minute: Advice

I don’t know what I would do without my friends’ advice.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Elderly Not Necessarily Immune From Severe H1N1 Flu



VOAVideo: Elderly Not Necessarily Immune From Severe H1N1 Flu

A new report about the H1N1 flu virus indicates that the elderly are not immune from the disease after all. And another report seems to support the early decision to make pregnant women among the first to receive flu vaccinations. VOA's Laurel Bowman has more in this report by producer Vidushi Sinha.

Monday, November 2, 2009

ESL Podcast 526 – Talking About Age


ESL Podcast 526 – Talking About Age

Getting older means changing your attitude toward life. Learn more about talking about age in English in this episode. Download Podcast

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Cancer Screening Does Not Always Produce Benefits

VOA Video: Cancer Screening Does Not Always Produce Benefits

For some time, there has been some confusion among doctors about the reliability of cancer screening, particularly for breast and prostate cancers. The latest debate started when the chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society said the advantages of screening for breast and prostate cancer are exaggerated. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.