Dr. L A Morrison

4 Magazines | 10,441 Articles | 3,914 Followers | 20 Likes | @lamorrison | I'm a board-certified family physician, working in Africa, Haiti, the Philippines, and rural America. Married to a USMC marine veteran.

Trump Is Right about Crime

It is remarkable how little black lives matter when they have not been taken by a police officer. The mainstream media is foaming at the mouth over …

Team Uganda living its softball dream in Surrey, B.C.

The Ugandan national anthem plays at the Women's World Softball Championships at Softball City in Surrey as Team Uganda prepares for a David versus …

Women's Sports

Is the media too quiet about global gender inequality?

Nowhere on Earth do women have as many opportunities as men—we state this openly in our <i>Poverty is Sexist</i> <i></i>report. And while feminism is a hot topic in …

Most doctors seem to time-travel to the 1800s when it comes to nutrition | Coffee House

For over 30 years, dietary fat has been seen as a major cause of heart attacks, strokes and cancer. This has been a health catastrophe. Ancel Keys’s ‘Seven Countries’ study, first published in 1970, brought about the widespread idea that we should all eat a low-fat, high-carb diet for optimal …

Food & Dining

Zimbabwe war veterans denounce 'dictatorial' Mugabe

In a surprise move, Zimbabwe's war veterans, who supported Mugabe for decades, say they will no longer back him.<p>Veterans of Zimbabwe's independence war have said they will no longer back President Robert Mugabe in elections, in a surprise revolt that comes after a series of recent nationwide …

Robert Mugabe

Mozambican refugees stuck between somewhere and nowhere

Refugees fleeing fighting in Mozambique struggle to come to terms with life in the camps of Malawi.<p><b>Mwanza, Malawi -</b> It is a chilly morning in Kapise. The mist has lifted over the hills, deep in Malawi's southwestern district of Mwanza. But this transit camp, which hosts thousands of Mozambican …

Refugees

Inside a Mayan healing ceremony

Meet the Mayan healers keeping various forms of traditional healing alive for poor indigenous Guatemalans.<p><b>Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala -</b> At the Cofradia de Conception in Santiago Atitlan, Juan Ramirez, 28, sits pensively on a wooden bench, his outstretched leg held gently by Don Juan Pacach, a Mayan …

World

2 former paramedics charged in 'selfie war' with unconcious patients

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Authorities say two paramedics engaged in a "selfie war" by taking pictures with incapacitated patients.<p>The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office says in a news release that 24-year old Kayla Renee Dubois was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of interception and …

Selfies

Former NFL coach Dennis Green dies at 67

Former Vikings and Cardinals head coach Dennis Green has died, the NFL reported Friday. He was 67.<p>The cause of death was reportedly an apparent heart attack.<p>Green coached the Vikings for nine years. When he was hired by the Vikings in 1992, Green was just the second black head coach in the modern …

Minnesota Vikings

When it comes to raising a child disabled by Zika, Brazilian women often do it alone

The day Josemary Gomes brought her newborn son Gilberto home to a tiny pink house on a sun-baked cobblestone street, she laid him on her bed and wept.<p>But there was no one to comfort the single mother. “I raised my head,” she said, “and carried on alone.”<p>Gomes is among a growing number of women in …

Brazil

Police 3D print murder victim's finger to unlock his phone

Mobile phones hold a trove of personal information that can be valuable to law enforcement investigating serious crimes, but they are notoriously hard to get into without a passcode or the owner's fingerprint.<p>Police in the US found a way around this difficulty by 3D printing a murder victim's …

Phones

Two in China receive kidney transplants, contract rabies and die

Two men in China died of rabies after receiving kidney transplants from an infected donor, according to Chinese medical researchers.<p>Last summer, a 55-year-old man from Hebei province near Beijing and a 43-year-old man from Liaoning province in the country’s far northeast died after receiving organs …

Asia

Chicago Gang Member Sentenced for Shooting Pregnant Teen to Death

Timothy Jones shot Charinez Jefferson to death as she plead for her life<p>A Chicago gang member was sentenced to 90 years in prison after he shot and killed a pregnant teenage girl who plead with him for her life, according to PEOPLE.<p>Timothy Jones, 23, was sentenced on Monday in Cook County after …

Doc still wearing bloody shoes 6 weeks after Pulse shooting

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A senior resident at an Orlando hospital is still wearing the bloody shoes he wore as he treated victims from the Pulse nightclub shooting.<p>Shortly after the June 12 shooting, Dr. Joshua Corsa wrote a moving Facebook status and posted a photo of his sneakers that were bloodied …

Medicine

Blind boy, 14, spends 9 years in jail on false murder convictions

On most days, I wade through mounds and mounds of stories of injustice in America and select just two of those stories to tell. It's a painful …

Detroit

More US Troops Likely To be Sent To Iraq: Gen. Votel

The U.S. will likely commit more troops to Iraq to bolster local forces against “specific objectives” in the campaign to retake the last ISIS main …

U.S. Military

Death of infant with Benadryl intoxication ruled a homicide

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — The death of a 4-month-old baby at an unlicensed home day care in Connecticut has been ruled a homicide after toxicology reports found high levels of Benadryl in the infant’s system.<p>Police in Fairfield say they’re investigating the March 22 death of Adam Seagull of Shelton. An …

Homicide

Philippines' HIV dilemma: too young for a test but old enough for sex

When Rey* first got an HIV test, his mother went with him. He was 17 and her consent was required by law.<p>“My mum and I are pretty close. She has no issues about me being gay and is really supportive. But I know a lot of my friends wouldn’t dare bring their mums with them to get an HIV test,” says …

Philippines

Florida judge accused of demeaning sexist and racist comments

A Florida judge is accused of making demeaning comments about women and telling black people to "go back to Africa."<p>The Judicial Qualifications …

American South

Virginia man contracts flesh-eating bacteria after cutting feet

A day at the beach turned almost turned into a nightmare.

American South

How WeFarm is helping farmers in Kenya & Uganda share vital information over SMS

When you plant a summer garden, you likely source tips from your local garden center, friends with green thumbs, and of course, Google. But what if …

SMS

North Miami police shoot black man who said his hands were raised while he tried to help autistic group-home resident

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. — Authorities said Thursday that they were investigating a shooting Monday in which a police officer shot a man who had said his hands were empty and raised at the time.<p>While the shooting was not captured on camera, a recording showing moments before the gunshots depicted a man …

Ethnic Violence

The man hired to have sex with children

<b>In some remote southern regions of Malawi, it's traditional for girls to be made to have sex with a paid sex worker known as a "hyena" once they reach puberty. The act is not seen by village elders as rape, but as a form of ritual "cleansing". However, as Ed Butler reports, it has the potential to</b> …

Malawi

Suspending a chicken over your bed could protect against Zika virus and malaria

It sounds like a pretty 'fowl' suggestion but the odour of chickens could be the key to preventing malaria or even Zika, scientists believe.<p>Experiments by Swedish and Ethiopian scientists found that mosquitoes steer clear of homes which contain a live chicken suspended in a cage.<p>The researchers …

Poultry

For Surgeons, Talking About Adverse Events Can Be Difficult: Study

Dr. Thomas Gallagher has been through many tough conversations with patients. He remembers once standing in front of a patient and the patient’s …

Health

Kansas City Chief Builds Bridges to Black Residents

KANSAS CITY, MO.—In many ways, this city with a large African-American population and a history of citizen run-ins with the police is like other places that recently experienced racial unrest.<p>But unlike Ferguson, Mo., Baltimore and some other cities where there have been violent confrontations with …

Policing

Rehab Hospitals May Harm A Third Of Patients, Report Finds

Patients may go to rehabilitation hospitals to recover from a stroke, injury or recent surgery. But sometimes the care makes things worse.<p>In a government report published Thursday, 29 percent of patients in rehab facilities suffered a medication error, bedsore, infection or some other type of harm …

Hospitals

HIV and tuberculosis are the world’s most deadly duo

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA — The Globe and Mail<p>Given the headlines, you can be forgiven for thinking that HIV-AIDS is the world’s most deadly infectious disease. In fact, it’s tuberculosis.<p>TB, a bacterial infection that has been ravaging victims for more than 5,000 years, still kills 1.5 million people a …

Medicine

Texas man accused of killing eight formally charged in Houston court

The Texas man accused of killing eight people, including his son and an ex-girlfriend, during the weekend in a Houston-area home was formally charged on Monday with three counts of capital murder, a crime punishable by death.<p>District Attorney Devon Anderson said her staff will take three to four …

Texas

At least 500 killed in South Sudan

At least 500 people are now thought to have been killed in South Sudan after soldiers turned on each other in Juba, the capital, earlier in July.<p>South Sudan became independent in 2011 but civil war broke out in 2013, largely along ethnic lines, when the two most powerful men in the country from the …

South Sudan