Friday, October 28, 2011
VOAVideo: Heart Disease is #1 Killer Worldwide
Heart disease is the number one killer in the world, and it is mostly preventable. But reducing deaths from heart disease will require changes in lifestyle and public policy, and better public awareness programs. Women are at greater risk from heart disease than men. That's partly because it's harder to diagnose in women. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on efforts to lower those risks and help women avoid heart disease.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
We talk with a leading researcher and with a young woman living a full life in spite of the disease SCIENCE IN THE NEWS (downoad mp3)
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
VOAVideo: New US Company Focuses on Hiring Older Workers
As the United States struggles with a high unemployment rate, many older Americans looking for work say it is especially difficult for them to find work because of their age. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it takes unemployed people who are 55 and older longer to find work than younger people. But one company, recently started by a former teacher, is looking specifically for older female employees.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
We talk with a leading MS researcher and with a young woman living with multiple sclerosis SCIENCE IN THE NEWS (download mp3)
Monday, October 24, 2011
UnitedNations: In a global observance, UN urges more opportunities, safeguards for older persons
30 September 2011 -- The provision of social protection, long-term care and access to public health for the elderly must not be undermined because of the current fiscal environment, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned ahead of events for the day marking this growing segment of the world's population.
"I call on governments and communities everywhere to provide more opportunities for their ageing populations," he said in a message to mark tomorrow's International Day of Older Persons, stressing that independence, participation, care, self-fulfillment and dignity underpin the human rights of older persons.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
A new online service offers a simple way to let other people know how to say your name correctly. It lets others hear you say it yourself in your e-mail. (download mp3)
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
News English Lessons: Vitamin Pills May Not Be Good For You (10th October, 2011)
A new report says vitamin pills probably don’t help us to live longer.
Monday, October 17, 2011
VOAVideo: Study Shows Vitamin E Increases Prostate Cancer Risk
A number of medical studies over the years suggested that vitamin E, taken as a dietary supplement, might help prevent prostate cancer. But new research finds not only that the earlier studies were wrong, but that taking vitamin E can actually be harmful. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Scientists have discovered that people who are too optimistic about the future may have “faulty” brains.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
VOAVideo: Burial Plot of China's Last Emperor Still Holds Allure
China this week marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the revolution that ended the country's last imperial dynasty. The abrupt end of the Qing dynasty meant that when the last emperor died in 1967, there was a dilemma over where to bury him. It took decades to find his final resting place, and as Stephanie Ho reports from Beijing, the ultimate solution is an example of modern China's pragmatism.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
wh.gov In the Kitchen before the Korean State Dinner
Take a peek inside the White House kitchen as preparations for a State Dinner are underway. Guests at the Korean State Dinner this evening in the East Room of the White House will enjoy a Fall Harvest Dinner conceived by First Lady Michelle Obama and White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford. Tonight's menu highlights the best of local produce combined with Korean flavors and traditions.
Monday, October 10, 2011
NMAWorldEdition: Monica: Taiwan's 100th year
On October 10th 1911, the nationalist army in China got rid of the monarchy once and for all. So in Taiwan (no, we're not Japan, Korea, or China) celebrates it every year since the nationalist party (Guomingtang) moved to Taiwan.
And this year, it's the 100th year celebration!! So being NMA and all, Monica is giving you a sneak peek into the celebration along with a special show, brought to you by yours truly.
Special thanks to Mr & Mrs Lin, Mr & Mr Chi, Mr & Mrs Tai, Principal Amy, Manager Sabrina, and all the Taiwanese and Taiwanese-American students and staff at Milpitas Adult School and Shareworld Learning Center, Cuptertino. WE LOVE TAIWAN!
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Woman, 80, Trapped Between Bed And Wall For 4 Days BY KEVIN PEARSON, THE RIVERSIDE PRESS-ENTERPRISE
An 80-year old Loma Linda woman was found in her home, trapped between her bed and a bedroom wall, where she had been stuck for four days. (read more)
Saturday, October 8, 2011
VOAVideo: Foreign Buyers Boost Miami Housing Market
Miami's rapid growth at one time earned it the nickname the "magic city." Now, after a tough few years due to the financial crisis, that magic is hitting the housing market. Miami home sales are up 50 per cent this year, while overall US sales remain stagnant. Driving the turnaround are international buyers, who like the deals and the geographic location.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
VOAVideo: Doctors Say Millions Worldwide Suffer From Diabetes
The World Health Organization estimates that 346 million people globally suffer from diabetes. Most of them live in low- and middle-income countries. The WHO projects that if current trends continue, deaths from the disease could double by 2030, and health experts warn it could become a global epidemic, with significant health and economic consequences.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Learning to drive can be scary – for you, and the teacher. Learn about taking a driving test in this episode. Download Podcast
More study material for the California Driver's License test.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
VOAVideo: Washington Homeowners Live in Modern Village
Takoma Village residents in Washington, DC, promote community living. The privately-owned units cluster around a shared open space, and the 80 or so residents share a common building with a kids' playroom, study room, laundry, kitchen and huge living area, and they have meals together there several times a week.
New vocabulary word: co-housing
Monday, October 3, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
VOAVideo: Cancer Survivors Find Information, Encouragement at Houston Conference
Cancer patients face many challenges - but there is also a lot of good news. That was the message in Houston, Texas recently, as one of the world's top cancer hospitals and research centers, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, held its 23rd annual Cancer Survivorship Conference. The conference presented both patients and their families with information on advances in cancer care, treatment and prevention.