Saturday, May 28, 2011
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
Thursday, May 26, 2011
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
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
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
Saturday, May 21, 2011
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
Researchers win a $300,000 award for an application -- still in testing -- to identify vision disorders TECHNOLOGY REPORT (download mp3)
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
VOANews: 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
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
Saturday, May 14, 2011
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
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
VOA Special English: Ann Landers, 1918-2002: She Helped Millions of People Deal With Their Problems
Her advice column was published in more than 1,000 newspapers around the world PEOPLE IN AMERICA (download mp3)
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
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.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
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
A researcher says continual interruptions in breathing during sleep cause the heart to become overworked | HEALTH REPORT (download mp3)
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
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
Monday, May 2, 2011
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.