Dr. L A Morrison

4 Magazines | 11,158 Articles | 4,089 Followers | 31 Likes | @lamorrison | I'm a board-certified family physician, working in Africa, Haiti, the Philippines, and rural America. Married to a USMC marine veteran.

Births led by midwives rather than doctors linked to greater risks – NZ study

The health outcomes for babies born in New Zealand where primary care is led by midwives are significantly worse when compared with care led by doctors, a major new study has found.<p>New Zealand and the Netherlands are the only two western countries to operate under a midwife-led birthing system. …

Pregnancy

Boko Haram refugees in Niger find safety, but lack aid

Refugees in the southeastern region of Niger say they no longer fear Boko Haram, but their problems are far from over.<p><b>Diffa, Niger -</b> As Nigerian forces have progressed against Boko Haram, the cornered terror group has been carrying out more attacks in neighbouring countries. In Niger's Diffa region …

Boko Haram

Nation Ignores 'Racist' Murder of Elderly White Woman?

Claim: No one is calling out the racist killing of a white woman by a "black gang."<p>mixture<p>WHAT'S TRUE: Four black people have been charged with …

Racism

'Healthy' May Be Getting a New Definition

The FDA says it needs updating.<p>The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced this morning that it has begun the process of redefining what “healthy” stands for on food labels. The term is a nutrient content claim, meaning that it can only appear on a product if it has certain nutritional …

Health

Reviving House Calls by Doctors

Surah Grumet used to be a family doctor at a clinic in the Bronx. “It always felt like I was trying to catch up,” she said. “I was always falling behind, and it was so stressful. And it was really hard to bring up my two girls, to be there for them, and still be able to practice medicine the way …

Medicine

ISIS 'dead set' on using chemical weapons, US military official says

A Pentagon spokesman said Monday that Islamic State militants are “dead set” on using chemical weapons and will likely try to use them against Iraqi forces as they prepare its siege on Mosul.<p>ISIS fighters are believed to have attacked U.S. and Iraqi forces with a “crude” chemical weapon, a U.S. …

Military

Walking is medicine? It helped high-risk seniors stay mobile

WASHINGTON – It's not too late to get moving: Simple physical activity - mostly walking - helped high-risk seniors stay mobile after disability-inducing ailments even if, at 70 and beyond, they'd long been couch potatoes.<p>One health policy specialist said the study released Monday suggests …

Exercise

Man Admits To Murder That Kept Twin Jailed 13 Years

Karl Smith says he committed a crime that earned his brother a 54-year prison sentence.<p>More than a decade after Kevin Dugar was convicted of firing a gun into a small group of people, killing one man and wounding another, his twin brother has made a shocking courtroom confession.<p>“I’m here to …

Crime

Marines may replace 'The Few, The Proud' as recruiting s

The Marine Corps has always been an elite fighting force, but it may have outgrown its current recruiting slogan, “The Few. The Proud. The …

Tanzanian Children Are The World’s Fittest While American Kids Are Among The Least

Tanzanian, Icelandic, Estonian, Norwegian and Japanese children are the world’s fittest while Mexican, Peruvian, Latvian, and American kids are the least fit. That’s according to a new study by Justin Lang, a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa, published in the British Journal of Sports …

Kids

Hospital sued over firing of employees who refused flu shots

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Federal officials are suing a Pennsylvania hospital, alleging religious discrimination in the firing of six employees who refused to get flu shots.<p>The lawsuit was filed Thursday by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Saint Vincent Hospital. It says the six were …

Viruses

The U.S. Military Is Not A 'Disaster'

A running theme in discussions of U.S. military strength in recent years is the notion that the United States is not spending enough on the military, and that as a result the current U.S. military is "in shambles," or, even worse, "a disaster." Nothing could be further from the truth.<p>On the …

Military

Upside to morning sickness: Fewer miscarriages, stillbirths

CHICAGO (AP) — It's dreaded by moms-to-be but morning sickness is actually a good sign — for the baby, a government study shows, confirming common pregnancy lore and less rigorous research.<p>Women with nausea early in pregnancy were half as likely to have miscarriages and stillbirths as those who …

Pregnancy

Derrick Rose is subject of criminal rape investigation by LAPD

There may be more than money at stake for Derrick Rose.<p>In a letter addressed to the lawyer of Rose’s "Jane Doe" accuser, the LAPD confirmed they have …

Nigeria: Military Assures U.S. of Respect for Human Rights

(file photo).<p>Nigeria's Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, has assured the international community that the country's armed forces is taking …

Human Rights

Eradicating HIV stigma & humiliation: How Lydiah is changing lives in Kenya

<i>By Abby Higgins</i><p>Lydiah Litunya raced through the dusty, narrow alleyways of Kayole, a low-income neighbourhood on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya’s …

HIV

Uganda is trying to tame the 'world's most dangerous road'

Mp igi (Uganda) (AFP) - Wearing pristine white with her woollen socks pulled high, Ugandan traffic police officer Edith Nanteza exudes natural authority at the roadblock, barely lifting a hand as she waves motorists over.<p>This is no routine exercise. Nanteza is on the frontline of operation "Fika …

Africa

3D-printed skull implanted into woman's head

A 22-year-old woman has had the whole top of her skull replaced with a customized 3D-printed implant. The patient had been suffering from severe …

Why Do Obese Patients Get Worse Care? Many Doctors Don’t See Past the Fat

You must lose weight, a doctor told Sarah Bramblette, advising a 1,200-calorie-a-day diet. But Ms. Bramblette had a basic question: How much do I weigh?<p>The doctor’s scale went up to 350 pounds, and she was heavier than that. If she did not know the number, how would she know if the diet was working?<p>…

Health

Boko Haram leader mocks Nigerian army, parents of missing girls

<b>(CNN) —</b> Boko Haram's embattled leader, Abubakar Shekau, appears in a new video to deny reports of his death and to taunt the parents of the nearly 300 school girls the group kidnapped from their boarding school in 2014.<p>"To the despot Nigerian government: Die with envy. I'm not dead," Shekau says in …

Boko Haram

‘Jimi went inside with his music. When he got on stage, that was his time’

The eyes have it: immediately, and strikingly, the same as those staring out from the portrait of Jimi Hendrix on the wall. But of course, this is Leon Hendrix, the younger brother of the greatest guitarist of all time, and in London this weekend, 50 years to the day since Jimi arrived in Britain …

Entertainment (UK)

Unearthing of Rio Slave Port Sparks Debate About How Black Heritage Sites Are Handled in Brazil

The first few times American landscape architect Sara Zewde visited Rio de Janeiro’s Valongo Wharf, she struggled to comprehend the recently …

'Emotional' Judges Dish Out Harsher Sentences to Black Youth When LSU Team Loses, Study Says

Football season is upon us, so it’s not uncommon to see the average crazed fan sporting the home team’s signature colors while screaming “TOUCHDOWN!” …

Is the DR Congo on the brink of collapse?

UN calls for calm after dozens killed in protests demanding the president steps down when his mandate ends in December.<p>The United Nations is directing blame towards government leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for political tensions, which led to riots and deaths in the capital …

Congo

The Battle for Mosul

<i>U.S. Marines with Task Force Spartan, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), on Fire Base Bell, Iraq, fire an M777A2 Howitzer. Photo by : U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Andre Dakis, Courtesy Dept. of Defense</i><p>The battle for Mosul is pending. It is likely to start later than its October deadline, however, take …

War

Africa's elephant population drops to 415,000 due to poaching

The illegal ivory trade is showing an 'upward trend' causing the elephant population in Africa to decline dramatically. China has said it plans to close its ivory market.<p>The news came during the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild …

Africa

J’Ouvert rally turns into big protest against cops killing blacks

A Brooklyn rally intended to bring awareness to black-on-black violence following two murders at the J’Ouvert celebration nearly three weeks ago …

Louisiana accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco has died

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Musician Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., who rose from a cotton-picking family in southwest Louisiana to introduce zydeco music to the world through his namesake band Buckwheat Zydeco, has died. He was 68.<p>His longtime manager Ted Fox told The Associated Press that Dural died …

Bands

Deadly Opioid Overwhelms First Responders And Crime Labs in Ohio

Jamie Landrum has been a police officer for two years in District 3 on the west side of the Cincinnati. In late August, the city was hit by 174 overdoses in six days. Landrum says officers were scarce.<p>"We were literally going from one heroin overdose, and then being on that one, and hearing someone …

Ohio

Black Lives Matter flag at University of Vermont generates controversy

A Black Lives Matter flag on the University of Vermont campus is sparking controversy.<p>The Student Government Association put the flag on display Thursday but not everyone is happy, Fox44/ABC22 reported Friday.<p>The Black Lives Matter flag is flying next to the American flag and the Vermont state flag …

Black Lives Matter