For the past 10 months, Syrians have taken to the streets in large numbers to oppose a repressive regime that has not hesitated to use force. The United Nations estimates more than 5,000 Syrians have died, and it is far from clear how the uprising will play out. President Bashar Assad's regime blames the revolt on Islamist militants and casts the uprising as a threat to Syria's minorities, including Assad's fellow Alawites and the country's Christians.
Hospitals stepped up their advertising in 2011, and some newcomers to the national marketing game are academic medical centers. While the coast-to-coast commercials help attract faculty and students, they're also aimed at getting more paying patients to travel for treatment.
Now, to the Democrats, who were also caucusing tonight in Iowa. There, of course, is no drama in those caucuses. President Obama is unopposed. But the president did address Democratic caucus-goers a few minutes ago. And Iowa Public Radio's Sarah McCammon is at a Democratic caucus in Des Moines. Sarah, what was the president's message tonight?
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The Iowa caucuses are under way. Republican voters are making their choices in the nation's first presidential contest of 2012. And according to early entrance poll results, it appears two of the candidates are running strong - Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.
Stroke patients in Jackson will soon be able to consult with out-of-state specialists via video technology.
Gary Trauner, Chief Operating Officer at St. Johnâ€™s Medical Center, says specialists used to make occasional trips from Idaho and Utah, but now remote doctors will constantly be available to meet with patients over video.
Trauner says the new technology will help St. Johnâ€™s diagnose patients and determine whether to transfer them to other facilities. He says itâ€™s almost as good as having the specialist in the room with the patient.
A new report indicates the reintroduction of wolves has benefited the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The study found that the wolves have kept the elk population in check, which in turn has allowed aspen, willow and cottonwood trees to re-grow in some parts of the park. Â Study author Bill Ripple of Oregon State University says those types of trees are crucial to maintaining a vibrant ecosystem.