Friday, November 26, 2010
The Roots of Special English
On October 19, 1959, the Voice of America broadcast the first Special English program. It was an experiment. The goal was to communicate by radio in clear and simple English with people whose native language was not English. Special English programs quickly became some of the most popular on VOA. They still are. Special English continues to communicate with people who are not fluent in English. Over the years, its role has expanded. It helps people learn American English while they learn about American life and stay informed about world news and developments in science. It provides listeners with information they cannot find elsewhere....Next
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
A man who completed the Jersey Marathon despite suffering a stroke three years ago has raised £25,000.
Anthony Lewis, 42, walked the 26.2 miles (42.16km) over the course of a week.
Three years ago he suffered a stroke as a result of a football accident that left him physically disabled and with severe aphasia, affecting his communication.
Despite this, Mr Lewis, learnt to walk again and completed his first marathon.
Mr Lewis, former assistant editor of the Jersey Evening Post, walked the island course over a week - finishing on the day of the main marathon event...... next
By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News
Foetal blood stem cells Trial patients will get progressively higher doses of stem cells
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* Q&A: Stem cells
* Stem cells repair stroke damage
Doctors in Glasgow have injected stem cells into the brain of a stroke patient in an effort to find a new treatment for the condition.
The elderly man is the first person in the world to receive this treatment - the start of a regulated trial at Southern General Hospital.
He was given very low doses over the weekend and has since been discharged - and his doctors say he is doing well.
Critics object as brain cells from foetuses were used to create the cells.
The patient received a very low dose of stem cells in an initial trial to assess the safety of the procedure.
Over the next year, up to 12 more patients will be .... next