Dr. L A Morrison

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O.J. Simpson Might Be Sprung From Prison This Summer

Will “The Juice” be loose in summer 2017? It’s possible, even probable, according to legal experts who have analyzed his case.<p>Orenthal James “O.J.” …

James Brown's Funky Drummer Clyde Stubblefield dies at 73

Stubblefield was best known for Brown’s 1970 single, Funky Drummer, which was sampled on 1,000 songs, including by Public Enemy and Ed Sheeran<p>Clyde Stubblefield, a drummer for James Brown who created one of the most widely sampled drum breaks ever, died Saturday. He was 73.<p>His wife, Jody Hannon, …

Music

Girls volleyball coach arrested 'over sex with 15-year-old pupil on team'

A girls volleyball coach has been arrested after allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old schoolgirl on the team.<p>Willyncia Joy Harper was reportedly …

Crime

China Fights Spread of Deadly Avian Virus

BEIJING — The Chinese authorities are battling a surge in H7N9 “bird flu” infections, and have shuttered live poultry markets across the country after dozens of people in recent weeks were killed by the disease.<p>As of Friday, health officials confirmed eight deaths and 77 diagnosed cases just in …

China

Gambia's new president faces inauguration as nation cheers

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's new president was set to be inaugurated Saturday as this tiny West African nation celebrates wider freedoms after a tense political standoff with its former leader.<p>Several heads of state were scheduled to attend the ceremony for President Adama Barrow. He was sworn …

Africa

More US seniors taking multiple mind-altering drugs

The number of older adults taking at least three prescriptions for psychotropic drugs - which includes opioids, antidepressants, antipsychotics and tranquilizers - has roughly doubled over the past decade, a recent U.S. study suggests.<p>Nationwide, the number of annual doctor visits involving …

Depression

Study linking vitamin D to reduced cold and flu risk is too good to be true

It wouldn’t be surprising if pharmacies are seeing a surge in demand for vitamin D tablets. After all, a new study just came out suggesting the sunshine vitamin can reduce the risk of catching a cold or the flu.<p>“Vitamin D ‘proved to cut risk of colds and flu,’” declared a headline in the Guardian. …

Vitamin D

South Africa's amputee homeless artist

Becoming a successful artist is hard enough without being homeless and disabled. But Chuma Somdaka, who has been living in a park in South Africa for three years, has not let her circumstances discourage her and is now preparing for her first exhibition.<p><i>Video journalist: Christian Parkinson</i>

South Africa

Robert Mugabe should run ‘as a corpse’ if he dies before vote, his wife says

<b>Robert Mugabe would still win the Zimbabwe election if he was dead, his wife has said, a year before voters head to the polls.</b><p>Grace Mugabe, who is …

Africa

The Bachelorette: the most eligible black woman in America?

<b>One of the most popular reality TV programmes in the US has cast an African-American lead. People are asking: what took so long?</b><p>It was no huge surprise that Monday night's announcement of the latest lead in America's most popular reality TV dating show franchise, The Bachelorette, got Twitter …

TV

Disabled Navy veteran beaten after defending turtle

Two men and a teenager in Florida are behind bars after they attacked a disabled Navy veteran who was trying to protect a turtle that they were torturing, according to police and the vet's family.<p><b>MARINE VET SPEAKS OUT ABOUT VIRAL VIDEO SUPPORTING TRUMP TRAVEL BAN</b><p>Gary Blough said he came upon the …

Crime

Kremsner: New malaria vaccine is '100 percent protective'

Researchers at the University of Tübingen have tested a new malaria immunization method that they believe to be 100 percent effective. Peter Kremsner told DW what's special about the new vaccine.<p><i>Deutsche Welle: A new malaria immunization method that you tested on 67 healthy individuals was 100</i> …

Medicine

Cocoa farmers in Ivory Coast plea for President Ouattara's help amid export crisis and protests

Overproduction by some 110,000 tons and a worldwide price reduction by 30% has led to a slowdown of sales.<p>Cocoa farmers have been protesting in Ivory …

Africa

Antibiotics, not surgery, could treat appendicitis in children, study suggests

Appendix removal is the most common emergency surgery in children, but researchers say that antibiotics might offer a less-invasive alternative<p>Antibiotics could be an effective alternative to surgery for treating children with appendicitis, research suggests.<p>According to the NHS, appendicitis …

Medicine

Uganda warns of strain under huge South Sudan refugee influx

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda warned Friday that its resources are strained by the more than 400,000 refugees who have poured into the country in recent months from South Sudan's civil war — a sign that its widely praised tolerance might be fraying.<p>This East African nation now has one of the …

Africa

Online pharmacies illegally handing out antibiotics are fuelling rise of superbugs

Online pharmacies are fuelling the rise of drug-resistant superbugs by handing out antibiotics without asking for a prescription, an investigation has found.<p>A study by Imperial College London found evidence suggesting that nearly half of online-only pharmacies are selling the drugs illegally, with …

Medicine

Wisconsin students group demands free tuition for black students

The student government at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said on Wednesday that black students should be offered free tuition and housing because blacks were legally barred from education during slavery and university remains out of reach for black students today.<p>The Associated Students of …

Higher Education

Suffragette's historian son Richard Pankhurst dies, Ethiopia mourns

Richard Pankhurst, the son of the British women's rights campaigner Sylvia Pankhurst who became one of the world's leading experts on Ethiopian history and culture, has died aged 89.<p>He first came into contact with Ethiopia through his mother, a 'suffragette' who also campaigned against the invasion …

Ethiopia

One of the world’s top coffee exporters is on a mission to get locals to try drinking coffee

Uganda is one of Africa’s major coffee exporting capitals, shipping millions more beans abroad probably than any other country on the continent alongside coffee powerhouse Ethiopia. Uganda exported roughly 3.6 million 60 kg bags of <i>arabica</i> and <i>robusta</i> in 2015, generating around $450 million in …

Coffee

Ivory Coast cocoa producers protest downturn in sales

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — The world's largest cocoa producer is seeing demonstrations against a slowdown in exports and a reduced buying price.<p>Dozens of people protested Thursday in Ivory Coast's commercial hub of Abidjan and in San Pedro, home of the country's second-largest port. Meanwhile, …

Ivory Coast

How soap, chairs and clothing could stop mosquito bites -- and diseases

(CNN)Known to health experts as the most deadly animal on the planet, the minuscule mosquito, with its dreaded whine, is responsible for millions of deaths from multiple diseases each year.<p>Looking forward with Bill Gates<p>In 2015, more than 210 million people had malaria, with an estimated 429,000 …

Health

Germs, mold found in some medical marijuana

Medical marijuana carries infectious bacteria and fungi that can pose a life-threatening risk to cancer patients who use pot to help with side effects of chemotherapy, a new study suggests.<p>The study was initially prompted by the death of a man using medical marijuana to combat the side effects of …

Marijuana

Dr. Manny: Rat epidemic in New York a dire warning for other cities

Many of our country’s major cities have severe infrastructure and housing challenges. This has led not only to poor living conditions but also places individuals’ health in grave danger. In New York City, among our many housing woes, we have a rat infestation epidemic. Rats have become so common to …

Public Health

It’s taken 80 years for this Kenyan community to be recognized as citizens

Thomas Nguli has seen the worst of times as an ‘outsider’ in Kenya, where he was born 60 years ago. He is one of the thousands of the Makonde community that originated from Mozambique about 80 years ago but were never recognized as citizens even after several generations were born and raised in …

Africa

Merck halts late-stage trial of promising Alzheimer's drug

<b>(CNN) —</b> Drug company Merck said Tuesday it's halting the late-stage trial of its promising Alzheimer's drug verubecestat, after an independent study found that it had "virtually no chance" of working.<p>It comes just three months after Eli Lilly announced that it was ending the clinical trial of its …

Dementia

ESPN sued for wrongful termination by announcer after Venus Williams match call

A veteran ESPN announcer sued the sports network Monday for firing him during the Australian Open over accusations that he had used an ethnic slur against tennis superstar Venus Williams.<p>Doug Adler, who began working for ESPN in 2008 covering the world’s biggest tennis matches, came under fire for …

Venus Williams

Kenyan couple treated to lavish ceremony after $1 wedding

<b>A Kenyan couple who spent just $1 (£0.80) on their wedding have renewed their vows in a lavish Valentine's Day ceremony funded by well-wishers.</b><p>News of their budget wedding last month went viral on social media and many Kenyans offered to help.<p>At their first wedding, Wilson and Ann Mutura wore jeans …

Weddings

Cameroonian kid beats internet ban to win coding competition

A 17-year-old Cameroonian has won Google's annual coding award, despite the partial shutdown of internet in his country. Nji Collins Gbah is the first African to win the competition.<p>The population of the English-speaking North West and South West regions of Cameroon are elated after teenager Nji …

Internet

Pollen pills suppresses hay fever for years - new report

Hay fever sufferers can effectively cure their condition if they take pills or injections for three years that acclimatises them to pollen.<p>Experts at Imperial College London said those blighted by the allergy can reduce their symptoms for "several years" after undergoing treatment.<p>Past studies have …

Medicine

Nigerian President's Absence Intensifies Tensions

ABUJA, Nigeria—Roiled by antigovernment protests, revived insurgencies and its worst recession in three decades, Africa’s most populous nation is now fretting about the health of its president.<p>Muhammadu Buhari , the 74-year-old who won the 2015 elections in Nigeria’s first democratic transition of …

Nigeria