Dr. L A Morrison

4 Magazines | 9,910 Articles | 3,701 Followers | 23 Likes | @lamorrison | I'm a board-certified family physician, working in Africa, Haiti, the Philippines, and rural America. Married to a USMC marine veteran.

Inflammation May Hold Key to Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer's Disease

A new study poses an intriguing question: Does gum disease accelerate cognitive decline in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease? The answer may be found in inflammation.<p>Aging affects our immune system, and inflammation is a normal part of the body's immune response to infection or injury. …

Disease

Afghanistan trauma takes a greater toll on military careers than other disorders

Canadians who returned from Afghanistan bearing psychic scars find themselves traumatized and out of the military in far greater numbers than …

Serious case review to probe whether toddler battered to death by foster mother could have been saved

Social services are facing questions after a “barbaric” woman beat an 18-month-old girl in her care to death, inflicting 200 injuries on her and trying to blame her eldest son for the child’s death.<p>Kandyce Downer, 34, was found guilty murdering Keegan Downer, also known as Shi-Anne.<p>Keegan had been …

Crime

CDC: Preschoolers with ADHD often given drugs before therapy

NEW YORK (AP) — Too many preschoolers with ADHD still are being put on drugs right away, before behavior therapy is tried, health officials say.<p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday that three in four young kids diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are …

Health

Fort Hood Soldier Allegedly Kills Marine Intervening in a Domestic Dispute Outside a Texas Walgreens: Police

A good Samaritan was shot and killed Monday when he intervened in an alleged violent domestic dispute outside a Walgreens pharmacy in Texas, PEOPLE confirms.<p>The man, identified as Anthony "T.J." Antell, was at the Arlington, Texas, pharmacy when 22-year-old suspect Ricci Bradden shot his wife …

American South

It still costs more to send money to Africa than anywhere else

For many Africans, remittances are hugely important. Money sent by relatives abroad often represent a significant income source. This importance also extends to countries as remittances account for a chunk of GDP with estimates pegging yearly remittances to sub-Saharan Africa at over $30 …

Africa

Medical Errors Are No. 3 Cause Of U.S Deaths, Researchers Say

A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine says medical errors should rank as the third-leading cause of death in the United States — and highlights how shortcomings in tracking vital statistics may hinder research and keep the problem out of the public eye.<p>The authors, led by Johns Hopkins …

Research

Doctors in US incorrectly prescribe antibiotics in nearly a third of cases

Nearly one-third of Americans prescribed antibiotics during doctor’s office visits probably should not have received the drugs, were not given a long enough course or did not get the right dose, according to new research.<p>The new study into how doctors prescribe antibiotics to Americans in …

Antibiotics

Navy Seal killed in combat in Iraq, U.S. officials say

An Islamic State offensive in northern Iraq repeatedly broke through Kurdish lines with truck bombs and mortar fire early Tuesday, killing a Navy SEAL two or three miles behind the front lines, U.S. officials said.<p>As the militants attacked several towns, the U.S. Air Force scrambled F-15 fighter …

Military

SFARI Launches Landmark Autism Research Project

<b>What is it?</b><p>The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative has just launched SPARK (Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge), a groundbreaking online project to accelerate research and advance understanding of the genetic underpinnings of autism. The largest autism study ever …

Research

Afeni Shakur Davis, Tupac's mother, dies at 69

<b>(CNN) —</b> Afeni Shakur Davis, the mother of one of hip-hop's most seminal and iconic figures, has died at age 69, the Marin County, California, sheriff's office said Tuesday.<p>Though she is best known as Tupac Shakur's mom, Shakur Davis also was a Black Panther as a young adult and an activist and …

Afeni Shakur

Dead could be brought 'back to life' in groundbreaking project

A groundbreaking trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of dead people, has won approval from health watchdogs.<p>A biotech company in the US has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who have been declared clinically dead from a traumatic brain injury, to test …

Science

Fingernails spotted in trash led to arrest of alleged killer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A serial killer preying on vulnerable young black women on the rough streets of south Los Angeles eluded police for two decades until someone rifling through a dumpster in 2007 noticed red fingernails poking out of a garbage bag.<p>Inside was the body of Janecia Peters that provided …

Los Angeles

American killed in Iraq after ISIS broke through Peshmerga lines

(CNN)A U.S. Navy SEAL was killed in Iraq as a result of a "coordinated and complex attack" by roughly 100 ISIS fighters nearly 30 kilometers north of Mosul, Pentagon officials confirmed Tuesday.<p>ISIS used multiple vehicles, suicide car bombs and bulldozers to break through a checkpoint at the front …

Military

Ghana Party Picks Former First Lady as Presidential Candidate

Ghana’s opposition National Democratic Party has chosen former first lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings as its presidential candidate at the party’s …

Nigeria’s next security challenge is at a tipping point and could be as deadly as Boko Haram

For the past six years, the Boko Haram terrorist group has run riot in Nigeria, carrying out fatal attacks and kidnappings across the northern part of the country. It has claimed lives of up to 20,000 people and displaced more than a million.<p>But while the worst actions of Boko Haram, which have …

Security

Crisis over syphilis treatment as doctors run out of main drug used to treat potentially deadly infection

With syphilis spreading in Canada at rates unseen in decades, doctors are struggling to cope with a shortage of the main drug used to treat the …

US military proposes secure, self-destructing messaging app

The U.S. military needs new messaging technology that’s ultra-secure and self-destructs. Sound familiar?<p>Think SnapChat. That’s an important part of what the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is aiming to do via a request for proposals posted on a DOD Web page. In Phase III of the …

U.S. Military

Why bacterium Elizabethkingia has left health officials baffled, frustrated

Some 65 years ago, American microbiologist Elizabeth King peered into a microscope and discovered the “glistening, gray-white” organism that would …

Amazing photos taken by members of the U.S. military

Department of Defense winners of its photo competition, honoring the best in military photography of the past year<p>2nd place in the Combat Operations …

NY College Students Indicted For Falsely Reporting Racial Assault

Three New York college students who said they were victims of a racially motivated attack in January were indicted on Monday for falsely reporting the incident.<p>The indictment also accused the students of assaulting — or attempting to assault — passengers on the Albany bus that they claimed to have …

College & University

Press freedom violations undermine African Union's vision of transparency

Glenda Daniels, <i>University of the Witwatersrand</i><p>One key measure of a country's levels of freedom and democracy is how the government treats journalists and how free they are to do their work.<p>Sadly, based on a range of measures, including number of deaths, detention and government control of the …

Transparency

8 children, 2 tied up in backyard, rescued from Texas home

AUSTIN, Texas – A late-night phone call to police about a crying child led to the discovery of eight children unsupervised at a San Antonio home, including a 2-year-old boy chained in the backyard and a 3-year-old girl tied to a door with a dog leash, authorities said Friday.<p>The mother of six …

American South

Forgotten 'Negro' Medal of Honor seaman buried in mislabeled grave remembered more than 130 years later

A forgotten “Negro” Medal of Honor recipient was honored last week more than 130 years after he was buried in a mislabeled grave that made no mention of his heroism.<p>Canadian native Joseph Benjamin Noil enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during the Civil War. Military records simply referred to …

Medal of Honor

Police: 2 US missionaries found slain in rural Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Police in Jamaica say two U.S. missionaries have been found slain in a rural area of the Caribbean island that has long struggled with high rates of violent crime.<p>In a Sunday statement, the Jamaica Constabulary Force identified the two men as 48-year-old Randy Hentzel and …

Policing

Marines investigating claim about men in Iwo Jima photo

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Marine Corps is investigating whether it mistakenly identified one of the men shown in an iconic picture from World War II.<p>The Marines announced Monday it would examine the identities of the six men who raised the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima, shown in an Associated Press …

Historical Photography

Ex-NFL lineman accused of rape says money, politics behind charges

<b>(CNN) —</b> Former NFLer Dana Stubblefield's defense team went on the offensive Tuesday, alleging that the woman accusing the ex-lineman of rape wants only money and the prosecutor is pursuing the case out of political ambitions.<p>A news conference opened with a short statement from Stubblefield, who …

Crime

Nigeria property boom follows Boko Haram retreat

Investors scramble for land in Maiduguri, in Borno state, where prices have more than doubled in recent years.<p>Property investors in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri are benefiting from a rise in property prices following the retreat of Boko Haram fighters.<p>Maiduguri is the largest city in Borno state, …

Boko Haram

South Africa: Rhodes Must Fall Leader Tells Waiter - 'We Will Give Tip When You Return the Land'

<i>Observatory worker reduced to tears</i><p>Ntokozo Qwabe, one of the leaders of the Rhodes Must Fall movement at Oxford University has bragged on Facebook …

South Africa

‘Kill them’: ISIS hackers publish hit list of 75 US military personnel

ISIS hackers have published a “hitlist” of over 70 US military personnel who have been involved in drone strikes against terror targets in Syria and …

Military