Sunday, June 30, 2013

Treating Lung Infections in Elderly Patients Raises Many Issues



VOAVideo: Treating Lung Infections in Elderly Patients Raises Many Issues

Former South African president Nelson Mandela entered the hospital on June 8 with a lung infection. For a while, his doctors said he was improving. But on Sunday, they said his condition had become critical. VOA's Carol Pearson spoke with a specialist about treating elderly patients who have recurring lung infections.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

ESL Podcast 901 – Participating in a Clinical Trial


Listening to this episode may not cure your illnesses, but it might improve your English. 
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Friday, June 28, 2013

Cataract Surgery Developing World



VOAVideo: Cataract Surgery Developing World

Two eye surgeons, one American and one Nepalese, are united on a quest to end preventable blindness - blindness that leads to poverty and early death for many in the developing world. Over two decades, the efforts of the two doctors have returned sight to an estimated 2 million people in Africa and Asia. VOA's Carolyn Weaver reports.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Rx: Why It Means "Take Your Medicine"

VOA Learning English: Rx: Why It Means "Take Your Medicine"

We see this sign on drug stores and whenever we visit a doctor to get an order for medicine. It also appears on bottles of pills and other medicines. The sign is formed by a line across the right foot of the letter “R.” It represents the word “prescription.” It has come to mean “take this medicine.” (read more) (listen)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Obstacles, Perks of Movie Co-productions in China



VOAVideo: Obstacles, Perks of Movie Co-productions in China

China's movie industry is set to surpass Hollywood by revenues in just a handful of years. Much of the progress comes from relying on the world's biggest audiences, as well as on government efforts to spur investment and protect its industry. With China being noticed by many within the American movie business, VOA takes a look at how the country is managing this growing industry, and how easy it is for foreigners to get in.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

English Café 401: Bilingual Seniors and more!


ESLPod: English Café 401 

Topics: Ask an American – Bilingual seniors; to keep in store versus to store up versus to reserve in store; which; think about versus 
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new words:

  • advantage 
  • to activate 
  • cognitive control
  • efficiently 
  • senior 
  • bilingual 
  • magnitude 
  • subject 
  • to expend 
  • to out-perform (someone)
  • monolingual 



Monday, June 24, 2013

Basic Steps Help Protect Personal Information From Hacking



VOAVideo: Basic Steps Help Protect Personal Information From Hacking

The recent disclosure of extensive U.S. surveillance of phone and Internet communications has raised many technical questions, including how it is possible to sift through the mountains of data. It turns out that the government was collecting only so-called 'metadata.' VOA's George Putic explains.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

ESL Podcast 899 – Purchasing and Using an E-Ticket

ESL Podcast 899 – Purchasing and Using an E-Ticket 

Get your ticket to the nightmare that is an American airport in this episode. Enjoy your flight! 


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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Shark Fin Consumption Declines in Hong Kong



VOAVideo: Shark Fin Consumption Declines in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the world's shark fin capital, where about half of all fins are traded. But a backlash from environmentalists and consumer groups is pressuring restaurants to stop serving dishes containing shark fin. Jason Strother and Malte Kollenberg report from Hong Kong.

Friday, June 21, 2013

ESL Podcast 898 – People of Different Ages


For kids from one to 92, we present this episode that explains how to talk about people at all stages of life. 
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Improvements in Trauma Care Save Lives



VOA Learning English: Improvements in Trauma Care Save Lives

In the United States, hospitals with the best resources to treat injuries
are known as trauma centers. One of the largest is at the Los Angeles
County-University of Southern California Medical Center.
Dr. Demetrios Demetriades is the director of trauma services at
the hospital. He says when a trauma team is activated, all the members
are expected to be ready within five minutes. This happens before
the patient even arrives. Every member of the team has a job
to do. Dr. Demetriades says this methodical way of treating patients
in the trauma center has greatly reduced preventable deaths.
Other trauma care changes have also improved survival rates. (read more)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

ESL Podcast 897 – Cooking a Meal

ESL Podcast 897 – Cooking a Meal 

What’s for dinner? Find out in this episode about cooking (and don’t forget to invite me). 
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Breast Cancer Survivors Embrace Dragon Boat Challenge



VOAVideo: Breast Cancer Survivors Embrace Dragon Boat Challenge

Dragon boating is a team sport that has its roots in ancient China more than 2,000 years ago. The boat is adorned with a dragon head and tail before races. In recent years, a growing number of breast cancer survivor groups around the world have started to use the sport to rebuild their lives, forge friendships, and more. VOA's June Soh caught up with a team paddling on a Washington river.  For more info, see Go Pink DC Dragon Boat Racing Team.