Health

World Action Needed to Prevent Widespread Antibiotic Resistance

Since the discovery of penicillin in 1928, we have used antibiotics against a host of infections. But now, doctors are finding that more and more bacteria are resistant to even the strongest antibiotics available. In 2015, the World Health Organization warned that we are heading toward a "post-antibiotic era," when more people will die from common infections. If that happens, medical practice as we know it will change drastically. Antibiotic resistance and reducing hospital infections are Dr. Michael Bell's specialties at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Many of the things that we take for granted in modern medicine,…
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Child Asthma Rates Leveling Off, Except Among Poor and Older Kids: Study

Rates of childhood asthma appear to have plateaued, except among the poor and kids aged 10 to 17, health officials report. Researchers found that childhood asthma rates increased from 2001 to 2009 -- a trend that began in 1982. The rate peaked in 2009 at close to 10 percent, then leveled off before dropping to slightly more than 8 percent in 2013. "Trends in childhood asthma have recently stopped increasing," said lead researcher Dr. Lara Akinbami, who's with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. "This is mainly due to the leveling off of prevalence…
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Health

Type 2 diabetes increases dementia risk

People with type 2 diabetes are at higher risk for dementia in general. And for one form, called vascular dementia, diabetes brings more risk to women than men, according to a new review. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer's disease, which is non-vascular, said senior author Rachel R. Huxley of Curtin University in Perth, Australia. Nonvascular means it's not related to problems with blood vessels. "In Alzheimer's disease, nerve cells throughout the brain die off, and abnormal proteins accumulate in the brain for reasons not entirely known," Huxley said. "Vascular dementia, in contrast, is the result of impaired…
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US News

Obama to Host Colombia’s Santos in February

Reuters December 29, 2015 HONOLULU—President Barack Obama will host Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos for an "official working visit" in Washington on February 4, the White House said visit will provide an opportunity to "support the efforts of President Santos to achieve a just and lasting peace accord with the FARC, and discuss a shared vision for future collaboration in the event of an historic peace agreement," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement. In an interview with Reuters in late September, Santos said he believed the leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, would…
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World News

‘Millennium Physicist’ Ready to Take Helm at Nuclear Center

Associated Press December 29, 2015 GENEVA—Fabiola Gianotti, who this week takes the helm at CERN — home to world's largest particle accelerator, is seen as a new breed of scientist. Initially trained in arts and literature, she came to physics relatively late. She enjoys cooking, jogging, music and keeping her eye on the news, and notes the importance of being "a citizen of the world."Gianotti "embodies for me what's much more the millennium physicist," said Dr. Monica Dunford, senior scientist at Germany's University of Heidelberg, who spent six years at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research. "Not so geeky,…
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World News

French Back Stripping Dual Citizens’ Nationality in Terror Cases

PARIS—Plans to strip dual citizens of their French nationality in terrorism cases have strong popular support, a poll showed on Tuesday after the government said it would pursue the measure despite fierce left-wing Francois Hollande announced the plan after Islamist gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people in the November 13 attacks in Paris. His decision has sparked much controversy within the ruling Socialist party. Justice Minister Christiane Taubira and Hollande's former Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault publicly criticized it. The poll conducted by research firm Elabe for BFM-TV showed that 86 percent of those surveyed favored the plan, with 67…
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World News

British Couple Convicted of Preparing London Attack

Reuters December 29, 2015 LONDON—A British couple were convicted on Tuesday of plotting an attack in London after the husband sent out tweets asking for advice on which targets he should hit, alerting police to a stockpile of chemicals at their Rehman, 25, and Sana Ahmed Khan, 24, were found guilty by a jury at the Central Criminal Court of engaging in the preparation of terrorist acts, with a view to hitting either a large shopping center in the capital or the London underground network. "Westfield shopping center or London underground? Any advice would be appreciated greatly," Rehman said on…
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Entertainment

Interstellar ‘Most Illegally Downloaded’ Movie

VOA News December 29, 2015 Hollywood’s award season is just around the corner, but one movie has already garnered a dubious honor. "Interstellar," the science fiction blockbuster starring Matthew McConaughey, has been named the most pirated movie of 2015, with 46 million illegal downloads, according to piracy watchdog firm Excipio. Just behind it was "Fast & Furious 7" with 44 million downloads. Rounding out the top five were "Avengers: Age of Ultron" with 41 million downloads, "Jurassic World" with downloads and "Mad Max: Fury Road" with downloads. Excipio also noted that piracy seems to be growing. Last year’s most downloaded…
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Entertainment

12-year-old Indonesian Pianist Wows Jazz World

Heidi Chang December 29, 2015 HONOLULU—Listen to Joey Alexander play the piano, and you can hear the future of Jazz.  People who hear him play say they are moved by his virtuosity, and his mastery of the piano.  He’s the jazz greats who work with him and listen to him are the first to dismiss his age.  Jason Olaine, who produced Joey's debut album, My Favorite Things, advises; "Just close your eyes, and listen to Joey.” Those who listen are impressed, so much so that the young pianist has garnered two Grammy nominations, for “Best Improvised Jazz Solo” and “Best…
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US News

Chicago Police Officer Pleads Not Guilty in Murder of Black Teen

VOA News Last updated on: December 29, 2015 1:25 PM A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times has pleaded not guilty to murder charges, as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel cut short his vacation after two more fatal police shootings. Jason Van Dyke entered his plea Tuesday at Chicago's Cook County Courthouse, where he is charged with six counts of murder for the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Last month's release of police dashboard video that showed the shooting, increased tensions in the city and set off weeks of protests that led to the resignation…
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