Dr. L A Morrison

4 Magazines | 9,169 Articles | 3,130 Followers | 11 Likes | @lamorrison | I'm a board-certified family physician, working in Africa, Haiti, the Philippines, and rural America. Married to a USMC marine veteran.

Chicago Officer Charged in Death of Black Teenager

CHICAGO — As this city prepared to make public a video from the fatal shooting of a black 17-year-old by a white Chicago police officer, a county prosecutor charged the officer with first-degree murder on Tuesday, a government official said.

The charges against Officer Jason Van Dyke come more than …


U.S. military helicopter crashes in South Korea, two dead

SEOUL (Reuters) - A U.S. Army Apache helicopter crashed in central South Korea on Monday during a training mission, killing two pilots aboard, police and military officials said.

The attack helicopter went down in the county of Wonju in Gangwon province, officials said.

The helicopter was assigned to …

South Korea

Ebola crisis: WHO slammed by Harvard-convened panel over slow response

(CNN) — A panel of global health experts has strongly criticized the World Health Organization, saying it mishandled the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The panel, convened by Harvard Global Health Institute and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, called for extensive …


Police ID man accused of shooting Tulane medical student

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police have identified a man accused of shooting a medical student who stopped an apparent kidnapping.

Police say 21-year-old Euric Cain of New Orleans is wanted on charges of armed robbery, second-degree kidnapping and attempted first-degree murder.

Tulane University …

New Orleans

Extreme Sleep Deprivation: How Navy SEALs Handle No Sleep

Navy SEALs may be some of the toughest people on the planet, but even an elite soldier doesn't do well without sleep.

Stew Smith, a former Navy SEAL, …


Kenya: With a Solar Oven, Kenyan Women Bake Their Way to a Better Life

Msumarini, KenyaIn this rural village in Kilifi County, on Kenya's east coast, a group of women run a thriving bakery. On a good day, they make …


Wow: US Military Pilots Make Bombshell Revelation About Obama And ISIS That Looks BAD

U.S. military pilots are reporting that they are being blocked from dropping 75 percent of their ordinance because they could not get clearance, …

U.S. Military

Mali attack underscores terror threats in Africa, AFRICOM chief says

Top U.S. military officials believe that a group linked to al-Qaida is responsible for Friday’s terrorist attack on a Western hotel in Mali, located …


Officials: US Army soldier from South Carolina dies in Iraq

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Army says a soldier from South Carolina has died during a non-combat incident at a military facility in Iraq.

Middle East

Doctors Call for an End to Prescription Drug Ads

The American Medical Association has called for an end to direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs and medical devices.The AMA, which …


'Last resort' antibiotics pose growing threat to healthcare, report warns

The use of antibiotics of last resort has risen significantly in England during the last five years as antibiotic-resistant infections continue to grow, posing a threat to healthcare.

A report from Public Health England (PHE) published on Monday said usage of antibiotics when all other treatments …

Health Care

Mislabeled birth control packaging led to more than 100 pregnancies, lawsuit claims

Mispackaged contraceptives led to 113 unwanted pregnancies, claims a lawsuit filed against Qualitest, Inc., a subsidiary of Irish drugmaker Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. last week.

The suit, filed in Philadelphia, represents 117 women from 26 states. Philly.com reported that 113 of those women became …


Former Army captain who tackled suicide bomber awarded Medal of Honor

A former Army captain who tackled a suicide bomber in Afghanistan was awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House Thursday, in front of some of his fellow soldiers whose lives he saved.

Florent Groberg, 32, was badly injured in the August 2012 attack, which killed four people.

During his second …


These Women Were Fat-Shamed By Their Doctors -- And It Almost Cost Them Their Lives

Rebecca Hiles had a chronic cough and breathlessness for years. Catherine Carelli broke her leg. Christel Arant's blood pressure spiked suddenly.

All three of these women consulted doctors multiple times. All were given the same diagnosis: obesity. If you would just lose weight, they were told, your


'Alarm' as patients shun flu jab

Doctors have expressed alarm at a seemingly sharp fall in the number of people having the seasonal flu jab.

Tens of thousands of high-risk people in England may be vulnerable to the virus after a 6% fall in immunisations at GP surgeries.

The perceived failures of last year's vaccine and warmer …

Public Broadcasters

Surge In Use Of 'Synthetic Marijuana' Still One Step Ahead Of The Law

A street drug made of various chemicals sprayed on tea leaves, grass clippings and other plant material continues to send thousands of people suffering from psychotic episodes and seizures to emergency rooms around the country.

In 2015, calls to poison control regarding the drug already have almost …


Blood-brain barrier opened non-invasively for the first time in humans, using focused ultrasound

Opening up the blood-brain barrier to deliver drugs (credit: Focused Ultrasound Foundation)

The blood-brain barrier has been non-invasively opened in …


HOOAH! These US military veterans now have big roles on Wall Street

The American military has been breeding the US' top leaders since the day the Declaration of Independence was signed.

But once they're done serving their country, many head to the financial services sector.

That means bringing four-star general experience onto corporate boards, and, the mettle forged …

Wall Street

Georgia man acquitted after 29 years files civil rights suit

A Georgia man says he was frightened into pleading guilty for a murder he didn't commit after police dangled him off a bridge three decades ago, brought charges against his parents and threatened him with the death penalty.

Timothy R. Johnson was 22 in September 1984 when police arrested him and …

Rights & Freedoms

Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona balances life in the Navy and football

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- No NFL player has the type of work week that New England Patriots rookie long snapper Joe Cardona does.

On Sunday, he snaps for the undefeated Patriots, often delivering perfect strikes for Pro Bowl kicker Stephen Gostkowski and punter Ryan Allen. During the week, he practices …


'White Coat Syndrome' Could Actually Be A Sign Of Future Disease

Your doctor might not get the best reading of your blood pressure.

For all its life-saving potential, a blood pressure reading isn't necessarily as straightforward as you'd think.

For some people, the stress of having their blood pressure tested at a doctor’s office is enough to elevate the reading, …


Police arrest suspect in 'twerking' incident at Washington gas station

One of two women accused of sexually assaulting a man inside a Washington gas station store has been arrested, authorities said Tuesday.

D.C. police arrested Ayanna Marie Knight, 22, of Las Vegas. She is facing a third-degree sex abuse charge. The other woman has not been found.

WTTG reports the …


Haiti Cockfighting

Photos by Ricardo ArduengoCockfighting lives on in Haiti, where weekly fights draw crowds of men, hungry for the drama and the promise of a big …

The fears of Uganda's gay community seeking refuge in Kenya

Hundreds of Uganda's lesbian and gay community have fled the country to escape homophobia and persecution, hoping for a better life in the US and Europe.

But they are now stuck in neighbouring Kenya where the situation is not much better.

Uganda made international headlines last year when it tried to …

Gay Community

The Marine sergeant major behind the 'oorah' battle cry

The oldest living sergeant major of the Marine Corps is a legend of sorts.

Retired Sgt. Maj. John Massaro left his hometown of Cleveland during the …

U.S. Marines

Police: 8-year-old charged in beating death of 1-year-old

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy is being charged with beating a 1-year-old girl to death while they were left home alone as their mothers went to a nightclub, Alabama police said Tuesday.

The boy beat and killed 1-year-old Kelci Devine Lewis when she wouldn't stop crying, Birmingham police …


Why don’t doctors take time off sick?

Sickness is a daily part of my working life. Some of my patients are very sick – so much so that I wonder how they make it to the surgery when what they really need is an emergency ambulance and a hospital bed. Others attend with a sore throat and I wait in vain to see if there is a second “hidden” …


The Rape Trial Everyone in America Should Be Watching

Thirteen women came forward to accuse former police officer Daniel Holtzclaw of misconduct. Why aren't more people outraged?

On Monday, Nov. 2, the Daniel Holtzclaw trial commenced in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Charged with 36 offenses including sexual battery, forcible oral sodomy, stalking, and …


Data on Benefits of Lower Blood Pressure Brings Clarity for Doctors and Patients

When the federal government announced in September that it had abruptly halted a large blood pressure study because its results were so compelling, doctors were left in frustrating limbo.

The announcement said researchers had found that driving systolic blood pressure to levels far below what …


US military drone crashes in Kuwait

The drone went down in Bir Mutla west of Kuwait City, near the Ali Al Salem air base located in central Kuwait. The base houses several US air force …

U.S. Military