Saturday, May 28, 2011

Breast Cancer Patient's Genetic Profile Guides Treatment Options



VOAVideo: Breast Cancer Patient's Genetic Profile Guides Treatment Options

A new study finds that a breast cancer patient's genetic information can help doctors determine whether chemotherapy will be effective in combatting this form of cancer, which annually kills millions of women worldwide. VOA's Vidush Sinha has more on what experts are calling the "crystal ball" of breast cancer treatment.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Ocean Market Scrip for Milpitas Adult School



Ocean Market Scrip for Milpitas Adult School

Teacher Thao and the students of ESL 6 have organized a fundraiser for Milpitas Adult School: Ocean Market Scrip! The Senior ESL students ask for further details.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

New Treatment Helps Paraplegic Stand, Take Steps



VOAVideo: New Treatment Helps Paraplegic Stand, Take Steps

A man paralyzed in a car accident four years ago has taken his first steps thanks to electrical stimulation of his spinal cord and some electrode implants. While researchers are calling it a breakthrough, they caution more research is needed before the treatment is available to other paralyzed patients. Still, it gives hopes to paraplegics everywhere. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Health Experts Say Food, Environment Can Affect Asthma Sufferers



VOAVideo: Health Experts Say Food, Environment Can Affect Asthma Sufferers

There has been a spike in cases of asthma in the United States, despite the nation's improved air quality over the last 10 years. Experts are now emphasizing the role of food and environmental allergies in the incidence of the chronic disease. VOA's Vidushi Sinha reports on the latest research and the search for new treatments.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Smoking Joe's BBQ, American Small Business, Sees Future in Asia



VOAVideo: Smoking Joe's BBQ, American Small Business, Sees Future in Asia

As many countries in Asia continue to show steady economic growth, multinational corporations are not the only businesses looking for opportunities. The economic slowdown in the U.S. and Europe, and the growing middle class in countries like Indonesia, are motivating even some small businesses to expand their operations overseas.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

ESL Podcast 687 – Shopping for a Television

ESL Podcast 687 – Shopping for a Television

Televisions are getting bigger and bigger each year. Learn how and why to buy a HUGE TV in this episode.
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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sculptures of Detained Chinese Artist on Exhibit in US



VOAVideo: Sculptures of Detained Chinese Artist on Exhibit in US

A series of sculptures entitled "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is drawing crowds in New York, the first of five American cities where they will be exhibited. The sculptures gained notoriety because of Ai's recent arrest by Chinese authorities in what appears to be a crackdown on dissent. Another political element is inherent in the series: it's based on a painful chapter in China's 19th century history. VOA's Peter Fedynsky reports.

Friday, May 20, 2011

A Smartphone App for Eye Exams in Developing Countries

VOA Learning English: A Smartphone App for Eye Exams in Developing Countries

Researchers win a $300,000 award for an application -- still in testing -- to identify vision disorders TECHNOLOGY REPORT (download mp3)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

LA Times: Schwarzenegger Fathered Child with Household Staff

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver

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LA Times: Schwarzenegger Fathered Child with Household Staff

A Los Angeles newspaper says the wife of former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger left him after she learned he fathered a child with a member of their household staff.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

US Launches Cell Phone Alert System



VOAVideo: US Launches Cell Phone Alert System

The United States is introducing a new public alert system that will deliver warnings to mobile phones in the event of emergency. VOA Correspondent Peter Fedynsky reports the system is first being rolled out in New York and Washington and will operate nationwide by April 2012.

Monday, May 16, 2011

ESL Podcast 686 – Roles Within a Family

ESL Podcast 686 – Roles Within a Family

Meeting your loved one’s family for the first time? Make sure you know who is who by listening first to this episode. Download Podcast

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Express English: Hope



bbclearninenlish: Express English: Hope

Every week we ask you a different question. Hear what people in London say, then join the conversation! What are you hoping for? This is what some people in London told us. Join the conversation at http://bbc.in/kHH0fG

Friday, May 13, 2011

Spousonomics


ESLPod Blog: Spousonomics

Economics is the study of how we produce (make), consume (use), and transfer (give to someone else) various kinds of goods (physical things) and services (actions) . . . [A] 2005 book, Freakonomics, tries to explain different aspects of modern culture and living using economics . . .Now we have a new book in this same spirit (using this same idea or same approach) called Spousonomics, which tries to understand married people and their relationships through economic analysis. (Your spouse is the person you are married to.) (Read more)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Medical Community Debates How Much Salt Is Too Much



VOAVideo: Medical Community Debates How Much Salt Is Too Much

A new study published in a respected American medical journal concludes that low-salt diets could lead to heart disease. U.S. public health officials say Americans are eating too much salt. The conhas caused a stir (controversy) about how much salt is OK and how much is too much. Carol Pearson reports.

Friday, May 6, 2011

No More Questions!



StoryCorps: No More Questions!

Kay Wang was a strong-willed grandmother who was reluctantly taken to a StoryCorps booth by her son and granddaughter. Though Kay resisted, she still had stories to tell—from disobeying her mother and rebuffing suitors while growing up in China to late-life adventures as a detective for Bloomingdale's department store. Kay passed away just weeks after that interview, and her son and granddaughter returned to StoryCorps to remember her gentler side, which she kept to herself.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Why Sleep Apnea Raises Risk of Stroke, Heart Attack

VOA Special English: Why Sleep Apnea Raises Risk of Stroke, Heart Attack

A researcher says continual interruptions in breathing during sleep cause the heart to become overworked | HEALTH REPORT (download mp3)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sleep Apnea Associated with Stroke



VOAVideo: Sleep Apnea Associated with Stroke

Snoring can be irritating or funny - depending on whether or not it's disturbing your sleep. But it can also be deadly, especially when someone suffers from sleep apnea, a condition where a person stops breathing for a while and then gasps for air. Increasingly, evidence points to a relationship between sleep apnea and stroke.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

ESL Podcast 682 – Minor Medical Injuries

ESL Podcast 682 – Minor Medical Injuries

Ouch! If you often hurt yourself, you can learn how to describe all of your injuries in this episode. Download Podcast

Monday, May 2, 2011

Cautious European Reaction to bin Laden Death



VOAVideo: Cautious European Reaction to bin Laden Death

European leaders have hailed the news of the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, but cautioned the threat of terrorism in a region that has witnessed several major terrorist attacks in the past decade is far from over. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

ESL Podcast 681 – Disagreeing about Religion

ESL Podcast 681 – Disagreeing about Religion

Talking about someone’s religion can sometimes cause controversy. Learn what not to say in this episode. Download Podcast