Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan on tour of Asia allies
TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama assured ally Japan on Thursday that Washington was committed to its defendefensece, including of tiny isles at the heart of a row with China, but denied he had drawn any new "red line" and urged peaceful dialogue over the islands.
Thai opposition leader seeks compromise to avert bloodshed
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Alarmed by the prospect of bloodshed in Thailand as a six-month political crisis nears a critical juncture, former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has called for talks between the government and its foes, urging compromise to restore stability.
Historic canonization of two popes brings joy and controversy
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Two giants of Roman Catholicism in the 20th century will become saints on Sunday at an unprecedented twin canonization that has aroused both joy and controversy in the 1.2 billion member Church.
Body of Korean boy who raised ferry alarm believed found
SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean boy whose shaking voice first raised the alarm that an overloaded ferry with hundreds of children on board was sinking has been found drowned in the submerged wreckage of the vessel, his parents believe, the coastguard said on Thursday.
Australia rules out link between debris and Malaysian plane
PERTH/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Authorities ruled out any link between debris picked up on an Australian beach and a missing Malaysian jetliner on Thursday as a tropical cyclone again threatened to hamper a 26-nation air, surface and underwater search of the Indian Ocean.
The FDA program that allows patients to use experimental drugs is called "compassionate use." Some, including a biotechnology industry group, wonder if there might be a way to make it a little more compassionate.
One of the world's oldest vaccines now has a new use. Bacillus Calmette-Guerin, or BCG, is an 80-year-old vaccine designed to tread tuberculosis. Bit it has now been found effective in treating long-term type 1 diabetes, which is on the rise worldwide.
BCG has long been administered to children in developing countries to guard against tuberculosis.
But in a recent clinical trial, researchers at Harvard Medical School found the vaccine was also able to increase insulin ...
Zardari's Daughter: Pakistan Working Hard to Combat Polio
The fight to eradicate polio in Pakistan has a high-profile advocate - the daughter of the country's president.
Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world where the disease is still prevalent. The other two nations are Afghanistan and Nigeria.
As the country's goodwill ambassador for polio eradication, Aseefa Bhutto Zardari is vowing to help Pakistan become polio-free. She is the daughter of President Asif Ali Zardari and recently told VOA's Urdu Service that the ...
HOUSTON ? A study unveiled this week in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrates the safety and benefits of a small heart pump first developed in Germany and called The "Berlin Heart." There were 17 institutions in North America and Europe involved in the study, which was led by doctors in Houston, at Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Children's Hospital. A number of young lives were saved during the test period that began in 2007.
Sixteen-year-old Marco ...
As the U.S. population ages, there's a growing need for health care workers. A program in Warrenton, Virginia, gives teens interested in medicine a taste of the available careers in the field.
?If I see you contaminate the field, I have to tell you,? Wendy Greenwood reminds a group of teens who are dressed in green surgery scrubs.
They look like young medical students, but they haven?t even finished secondary school. Nevertheless, they are learning skills professionals use every day at ...
While Olympians Peak, Lack of Activity Remains a Leading Global Cause of Death
Physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide. Seeking to raise awareness about the problem, the British journal, The Lancet, is highlighting the problem during the Olympic Games, when attention is focused on athletes at the top of their game.
Lack of exercise also contributes to up to 10 percent of deaths worldwide from diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and colon and breast cancer, according to the special issue of the Lancet.
The impact of physical ...
HANOI ? The United States and Vietnam?s defense ministry have launched the first cleanup operation to rid a former air base of a toxic dioxin left from the Vietnam war. Although many people have welcomed the move, some say it is too little, too late to help generations of people suffering birth defects and diseases linked to the chemical.
The project, which started Thursday, aims to clean up soil and sediment contaminated with dangerous levels of toxin dioxin at a former U.S. Army air base in ...