Friday, October 28, 2011

Heart Disease is #1 Killer Worldwide



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

Searching for Better Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis (Part 2)

VOAVideo: Searching for Better Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis (Part 2)

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

New US Company Focuses on Hiring Older Workers



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

Monday, October 24, 2011

United Nations Day!



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

No More Guesses at How to Say a Name

VOA Learning News: No More Guesses at How to Say a Name

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)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Study Shows Vitamin E Increases Prostate Cancer Risk



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

Optimism is Good for Our Health

Breaking News English: Optimism is Good for Our Health (10th October, 2011)

Scientists have discovered that people who are too optimistic about the future may have “faulty” brains.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Burial Plot of China's Last Emperor Still Holds Allure



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

In the Kitchen before the Korean State Dinner



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

HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY, TAIWAN!



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


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

Foreign Buyers Boost Miami Housing Market



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

ESL Podcast 727 – Home Architectural Styles

ESL Podcast 727 – Home Architectural Styles

Sometimes bigger is not always better when it comes to houses. Learn about different architectural styles in this episode. Download Podcast

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Doctors Say Millions Worldwide Suffer From Diabetes



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

ESL Podcast 726 – Taking the Driving Test

ESL Podcast 726 – Taking the Driving Test

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

Washington Homeowners Live in Modern Village



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

Study: Female Coffee Drinkers Are Less Depressed


Some Baristas add a chocolate syrup flower on top of a foamy latte.

VOANews: Study: Female Coffee Drinkers Are Less Depressed

But link between caffeine and depression remains unclear (download mp3)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Cancer Survivors Find Information, Encouragement at Houston Conference



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.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

World Vegetarian Day


ESL Holiday Lessons: World Vegetarian Day

World Vegetarian Day is held every year on October the 1st. It was started in the USA by the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS).

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