September 4, 2013 |
An intense nationwide push to speed hospital treatment for heart attack patients has been a success, cutting by 20% the average time people waited before getting their clogged arteries opened between 2005 and 2009. But in a twist cardiologists called "disappointing," the improvement did not translate into lower death rates, according to a study published in Thursday's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. "We had hoped this would make a huge difference, and it hasn't," said study senior author Dr. Hitinder Gurm, an interventional cardiologist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
August 13, 2013 |
Facebook, in a move that could help the social network break down the language barrier among its more than 1 billion users, has acquired Mobile Technologies, a speech recognition and translation company. Mobile Technologies is the maker of Jibbigo, a smartphone app capable of speech-to-speech translations. The app can perform the translations whether or not it's connected to the Internet. "With 6,000 languages in the world, the language divide presents the greatest human communication challenge," Mobile Technologies said in a post announcing the Facebook acquisition . QUIZ: How much do you know about Facebook?
July 10, 2013 |
CAIRO - The young activists behind the protests that led to last week's military overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi fear they once again may be overshadowed by other political forces as Egypt stitches together a coalition government ahead of new elections. The scenario in Egypt's tumultuous politics mirrors the toppling of autocrat Hosni Mubarak more than two years ago: The youth ignite a rebellion, the army seizes power, a transition government is formed, elections are held and activists end up marginalized.
July 5, 2013 |
Corporate America is on a veteran hiring binge. With the war in Afghanistan winding down, thousands of veterans are returning home to an economy that is improving but by no means robust. That's creating a unique challenge for those coming back from years in the service and trying to readjust to civilian life. So far, many are finding jobs thanks to a climate that is - at least for now - vocally in support of giving veterans a helping hand. The Obama administration, which launched a nationwide campaign called Joining Forces in 2011 to connect veterans to jobs, has made it a mission to nudge companies to hire former military personnel.
June 29, 2013 |
The last time the U.S. made it past the group stage in the U-20 World Cup, it had a roster sprinkled with players - guys such as Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Robbie Rogers and Freddy Adu - who would go on to make a name for themselves on the senior national team. Which is kind of the point of having a U-20 national team, said Tab Ramos, who coached the U.S. in last week's age-group World Cup in Turkey. "This is why it's so important for these players," he said. "Their next step from here is possibly, if not the Olympic team, the senior national team.
June 26, 2013 |
Doc Rivers wasn't shy about sharing why he signed on as the Clippers' new head coach at his introductory news conference Wednesday. To win championships. That's the only reason he's still coaching. And when he heard the Clippers were coming into the coaching-search fray, it intrigued him. PHOTOS: Doc Rivers introduced as Clippers coach “The reason I wanted this when it was made available is because of what they have and not what they don't have,” Rivers said. “I clearly think this is an extremely talented basketball team.
June 11, 2013 |
NEW YORK - For Broadway shows, a Tony Award can spell the difference between a long life and an untimely demise. Just ask the producers of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. " A day after winning the Tony for best play over the Tom Hanks-anchored "Lucky Guy," the Christopher Durang comedy announced Monday that it had extended its run. Rather than close July 28, the show will now play another four weeks, until Aug. 28. Tonys 2013: Winners & Top nominees | Full Coverage The extension provided fresh evidence that a Tony-season gamble had paid off. In March, producers moved "Vanya," which stars David Hyde Pierce and Sigourney Weaver, from the smaller off-Broadway confines of Lincoln Center to Broadway's more expensive Golden Theatre in the hope of landing Tony nominations and capitalizing on related attention.
June 3, 2013 |
As the saying goes, "With great power comes great responsibility. " That applies to physicians when prescribing medications, but it also should apply to pharmacies when they're dispensing medications. In December, after seven years of exams, lectures and rounds, I received my medical license. Finally, I had the power to prescribe medications without the co-signature of my supervisor. "Be careful," she advised, "remember the story of 'once.'" The story of "once" is a cautionary tale that - best as I am able to tell from Google - was adapted from a Spanish soap opera.
June 2, 2013 |
This website eliminates foreign-language barriers so you can find travel inspiration even at the hyper-local level. Name: WebFlakes.com What it does: Translates into English fresh, quality content from locals blogging in their native languages. There are currently 60 bloggers in France, Italy, Japan, Argentina, Switzerland and Peru writing on topics such as travel, food and dining, wine, architecture and design. What's hot: I wouldn't have known the posts were translated (by volunteers)
May 19, 2013 |
"Celluloid condoms between the audience and the immediate gratification of understanding. " "More like watching Playboy TV than having sex. " Hyperbolic outbursts are not uncommon in opera, but rarely were they so concentrated or, um, vivid. FOR THE RECORD: Opera supertitles: A May 19 article about the history of opera supertitles misidentified director Graham Vick as Graham Vickers. - What riled opera so? Supertitles. Translations usually projected above the stage have driven directors to issue bomb threats.