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Health & Lifestyle

Deaf-Blind Woman First to Use Braille Phone

Nina Marranca looks at her phone, June 25, 2013.

New technology allows deaf and blind people to use the telephone. The tests are underway in Australia and the U.S. It could help end isolation that people who cannot see or hear say they feel. Learn about this exciting new technology as well as words like "Braille" and "parallel testing." More

Audio How We Date: Here, There and Everywhere

The website uses humor and romance to spread cross-cultural understanding. Reporter Matthew Stein makes videos that ask and answer questions about dating. Other videos cover more serious subjects, such as abuse toward gay and transgender people, and women’s rights in East Africa.

Audio Salmonella Turned Cancer Killing Super Bug

Researchers have turned a common bacterium found in food into a cancer killer. Learn what the expression, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” means with this Health Report. You will also learn some cancer related words in this story.

Audio Change in Work Schedule Could Cure 'Social Jet Lag'

If you sometimes feel as if you are sleep-walking through your day, it could be possible that your work and body clocks are fighting each other. Read on to learn great words like metabolism and circadian rhythm. These words will help you to talk about your body’s sleeping and waking cycles.

Audio Caring for an Aging Population

By the year 2050, an estimated two billion people will be aged 60 or older. As the world’s population gets older, governments and community-based organizations must find ways to help families avoid ‘caregiver burnout.’ Read on to learn more about the issue in the Health & Lifestyle report.

Audio One Billion Young People Risk Hearing Loss From Loud Music

One billion teenagers and young adults around the world risk losing their hearing by listening to loud music. This is according to the World Health Organization. The U.N. agency is asking young people to turn down the volume to prevent losing their hearing.

Audio How to Raise a Reader

Experts warn that fewer and fewer children in the US are reading for fun. So, now doctors and reading experts are advising parents on how to raise life-long readers. One way is to start reading to children as soon as they are born. And, continue doing it even after they learn to read themselves.

Video Your Body Posture Can Change Your Brain

New research shows that simply changing your body position can change your brain’s chemistry. Read on to find out about “power poses” and how they can make you more confident, more successful and help you in difficult situations.

Audio Is Secondhand Smoke Child Abuse?

Should people be allowed to smoke in their homes even if children live there? Or is smoking around children a type of child abuse? Secondhand smoke and kids is one of the latest issues in the great smoking debate. Read on to learn about smoking trends and illnesses caused by secondhand smoke.

Audio Psychology, Stress Influence Pilots' Mental Health

Reports indicate that Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who crashed a plane into a mountain, was hiding a mental health problem. Experts say the airline industry must use a number of ways to check pilots’ mental health throughout their careers.

Audio Where are the World’s Happiest People?

Ten Latin America countries made it into Gallup’s top ten happiest countries on the planet. But a United Nations study on happiness shows a very different top ten list. Find out why they are different. And learn words dealing with surveys and polls. Then take our unofficial Happiness Poll!

Audio Study: Women Prefer to Go to Female Health Workers

A study in mainly Islamic communities in northern Nigeria found that women were more likely to see female health care workers. Male health workers do travel from town to town, but many women patients do not want to talk with a man about their own health care needs.

Audio New Treatment for AIDS Called a ‘Big Deal’

Read on to learn words like mutate, neutralize and antiretroviral as you learn how researchers have found a way to trick HIV, the virus causing AIDS, into killing itself. The difficulty level might be high as this article describes what happens when a genetically modified cell becomes an HIV killer.

Audio Too Much Gaming is a Pain in the Neck

Smartphones and other electronic devices, or gadgets, are becoming more affordable. Children in India are using them more and more. Doctors say children who spend long hours playing video games are increasingly showing signs of physical deformities, meaning their bodies are not growing properly.

Audio Feed the People or Save the Planet?

New food guidelines in U.S. do something they have never done before -- they are linked to the environment. Some say feeding the hungry should come first. Others say saving the planet is equally important. Read on to see words like "carbon footprint" and "sustainability" in action.

Audio What Causes Jet Lag and How to Avoid It

Traveling from one time zone to another can leave you feeling strange for several days, or "out of sync." This feeling is called jet lag. Jet lag is not all in your mind. It is also can affect the brain of flies. Read on for ideas on how to avoid jet lag on your next trip.

Audio A Tax on Sugar?

The World Health Organization says people around the world are eating more sugar. The WHO says more than 50 grams of sugar a day can lead to weight gain, tooth troubles and other diseases. It is urging governments in countries with high sugar intake to take steps to reduce how much sugar people eat.

Audio Sri Lankan-American Gives Back to Home Country

Many people leave their home country looking for a better education or a better job. Some never return. But some do return and they want to make the country they left a better place. Learn about a Sri Lankan woman who is doing just that.

Video Choosing to Be a Single Mother

U.S. officials say birth rates for unmarried women over age 40 have been rising in recent years. In fact, the rate in 2012 was almost 30 percent higher than just five years earlier. There are single mothers by choice. They are generally older, successful, well-educated, and financially secure.

Audio Understanding the Misunderstood Teenage Brain

A common battle cry of teenagers to adults is, "You just don't understand me!" Well, they might be right. A brain scientist (neuroscientist) and mother to two teenagers says the teenage brain is quite different from the adult brain. She "debunks," or clears up three common myths about teenagers.

Learn with The News

  • Video Learning at the Laundromat

    College students teach mathematics and English to poor, immigrant children at a coin laundry near Washington, DC. At the same time, the students are helping the owner of the business become more profitable. The tutoring is part of the business plan they have created. | As It Is More

  • Audio Islamic State Militants Capture Two Major Cities

    The Islamic State seized control of the Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday. The fall of Palmyra reportedly left the militants in control of half of Syria. Last Sunday, the militants took control of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar Province.| In The News More

  • Fiery Cross Reef, Spratly Islands

    Audio China Warns US Spy Plane in South China Sea

    China's navy is reported to have issued eight warning messages to a U.S. military spy plane over several man-made islands. Boats with Rohingya migrants accepted in Indonesian waters. U.S. and Cuba continue talks toward diplomatic ties. More

  • Audio Google Self-Driving Car Heading to Public Streets

    This summer, the latest version of Google's self-driving car will make its first appearance on public roads. The two-seat vehicle does not need a gas pedal or steering wheel. The prototype can drive, brake and recognize road dangers without human involvement. More

  • Audio In the US Senate, Heated Debate Over Catfish

    Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate are debating the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But, the catfish, a popular farmed fish in some southern states, has caused a large share of the argument. Republican Senator John McCain criticized a measure calling for increased U.S. government inspections of Asian catfish. More

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  • Discover Debate

    Audio Successful Debate for New Learners and Large Classes

    Many students of English engage in debate as part of their training. In Part Two of our Successful Debate series, we learn the kinds of debate topics that work well for English learners. An expert shares tips for organizing a debate in a large class and for answering arguments. More

  • Nina Marranca looks at her phone, June 25, 2013.

    Audio Deaf-Blind Woman First to Use Braille Phone

    New technology allows deaf and blind people to use the telephone. The tests are underway in Australia and the U.S. It could help end isolation that people who cannot see or hear say they feel. Learn about this exciting new technology as well as words like "Braille" and "parallel testing." More

  • Video Resounding Earth: Creating Music from Metal

    "The title “Resounding Earth” on the one hand, we are talking about resounding earth. The earth is full of metals that all of mankind has turned into instruments. We are going to play them from all around the world together on one stage." More

  • Audio Common French Words in American English

    English is loaded with French words. Even if they mean something bad they sound so good. So read on to learn how to say them properly. Pictured here, French Actress Michele Morgan poses in a bathing suit at the 1st Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France in 1946. More

  • Audio Everyday Grammar: Problems with Pronouns and Gender

    The English language is changing to meet the needs of online communities and a quickly changing society. Do we need new pronouns to talk about a person whose gender is unknown? It’s common now to hear that “Everyone has their own opinion” on this issue. More

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