Friday, September 30, 2011

For Lots of People, Getting Older Means Getting Happier



VOA Learning English Video: For Lots of People, Getting Older Means Getting Happier

Old age may not sound exciting. But research findings offer good news for older people and for people worried about getting older.Researchers found that people become happier and experience less worry after they reach the age of fifty. In fact, they say by the age of eighty-five, people are happier with their life than they were when they were eighteen years old. (read more)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

World Heart Day


ESL Holiday Lessons: World Heart Day

World Heart Day was created by the World Heart Federation. Its aim is to inform people around the world that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading causes of death.

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Learn the signs and symptoms of a heart attack or stroke

  • Chest discomfort, including squeezing or pain in the centre of the chest between the breasts or behind the breastbone

  • Discomfort and/or pain spreading to other areas of the upper body such as one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach

  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Study: Spicier Diet Could Help Prevent Cancer



VOAVideo: Study: Spicier Diet Could Help Prevent Cancer

While researchers around the world continue searching for new and better treatments for various forms of cancer, they are also finding more evidence that simple changes in diet and lifestyle can, in many cases, prevent the disease. The effects of smoking are well established, but many doctors now say bad eating habits, lack of exercise, obesity and stressful living can also be big risk factors. As VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Houston, one researcher thinks adding a little spice to your diet could also help.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Taiwan Hosts Visit of Highest-Level US Envoy in Five Years

VOANews: Taiwan Hosts Visit of Highest-Level US Envoy in Five Years

Suresh Kumar to press US initiative aimed at doubling American exports and creating jobs

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Chinese Communities Worldwide Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival

VOANews: Chinese Communities Worldwide Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival

Chinese communities around the world on Monday are celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival, one of the most important holidays on the Chinese calendar. (includes video)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

High Food Prices Expected to Climb



VOAVideo: High Food Prices Expected to Climb

The UN world food price index hit a high in January and hasn't come down since.

Monday, September 12, 2011

MOONCAKE!


Mid-Autumn Festival - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival or Zhongqiu Festival (traditional Chinese: 中秋節; simplified Chinese: 中秋节; pinyin: Zhōngqiūjié

Sunday, September 11, 2011

NYC 9/11 Rescuers Experience Lingering Health Problems



VOAVideo: NYC 9/11 Rescuers Experience Lingering Health Problems

Nearly 3,000 people died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001. But the twin towers' collapse and their smoldering ruins also exposed thousands of rescuers, firefighters and cleanup crews to toxic ash and smoke. Ten years later, medical researchers say many of these people are suffering higher-than-normal rates of serious disease and psychological problems. VOA health reporter Carol Pearson has more.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Cholesterol-lowering Foods May Prove Healthier



VOAVideo: Cholesterol-lowering Foods May Prove Healthier

A new study out of Canada could potentially save millions of lives. Research shows that, by eating certain foods, people can significantly reduce their cholesterol and improve their chances of avoiding heart disease or stroke. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

For Lots of People, Getting Older Means Getting Happier

VOA Learning English: For Lots of People, Getting Older Means Getting Happier

A study found that by age 85, people are happier with their life than they were at 18 HEALTH REPORT (download mp3)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Brains Gain From Physical Activity by Older People



VOA Learning English Video: Brains Gain From Physical Activity by Older People

Increasing evidence suggests that being active can reduce a person's risk of dementia. Dementia is the name for the effects of Alzheimer's disease, stroke and other brain disorders. (read more)

Friday, September 2, 2011

West Wing Week 09/02/11 or "Dispatches: Asia"



WH.GOV: West Wing Week 09/02/11 or "Dispatches: Asia"

This week we are broadcasting dispatches from travel with Vice President Joe Biden through China, Mongolia and Japan.
In between meeting with world leaders, and speaking with locals the Vice President took in the sights, sounds and culture of the far east.
Join the Vice President as he opens new channels of communication with China gets to know Mongolian leaders and culture at a traditional Naadam festival and visits Japanese communities recovering from the March earthquake and tsunami before speaking to US troops in Tokyo and Hawaii. That's August 18th through the 25th or -- West Wing Week: Dispatches from Asia

Thursday, September 1, 2011

ESL Podcast 717 – Starting a New School Year

ESL Podcast 717 – Starting a New School Year

A new school year! For students, it's a time of sadness to see the summer end. Learn about how to start the school year off right in this episode. Download Podcast