Dr. L A Morrison

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How an age-old building technique is revolutionizing West African housing

The Nubian Vault project promotes a millennia-old homebuilding concept that’s cutting costs and saving the climate<p>Sometimes, it pays to stick with what works. In the case of the Nubian Vault Association (La Voûte Nubienne, or LVN), a nonprofit working to make housing more affordable in West …

Housing

Is it safe to drink Fanta and Sprite in Nigeria?

<b>A recent court case in Nigeria has highlighted concerns that locally made soft drinks may be considered unsafe for human consumption elsewhere, as Ijeoma Ndukwe explains.</b><p>There has been uproar in Nigeria after it emerged that the company that manufactures Fanta and Sprite, the Nigeria Bottling …

Nigeria

East Africa hunger appeal supported by Eddie Redmayne hits £26m in six days

Public urged to keep giving as Redmayne, Bill Nighy and Ben Stiller front major fundraising drive for worst humanitarian crisis since the end of world war two<p>A crisis appeal to support the millions of people at risk of starvation in east Africa has raised £26m in the first six days.<p>The Disasters …

Africa

FIFA slaps Ghanaian ref with life ban for influencing World Cup qualifier

Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey may fancy printing up a few CVs after FIFA told the match official to take a hike Monday.<p>The world football governing …

Soccer

Boko Haram Vows to Impose Sharia Law in Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Mali

Shekau said the militants will establish Sharia law in Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Mali.

Boko Haram

Doctor hid temperature of nurse who caught Ebola as medics wanted to get home for Christmas, tribunal hears

A doctor concealed the high temperature of a nurse who had caught the Ebola virus as medics were keen to get home to celebrate Christmas, a tribunal has heard.<p>Dr Hannah Ryan took the temperature of Pauline Cafferkey, a Scottish nurse, as they waited to go through virus screening at Heathrow Airport …

Ebola

South Africa’s San people issue ethics code to scientists

The indigenous people — known for their click languages — are the first in Africa to draft guidelines for researchers.<p>The San people of southern …

Canadian scientists discover hepatitis drug slashes Ebola death rate in possible breakthrough

Canadian researchers have made another possible breakthrough in the battle against one of the world’s most-feared infections, finding that a drug …

Medicine

To stop doctors ending their lives, we need to hear from those suffering

The revelation that four junior doctors have taken their own lives in recent months obliges us to look at why doctors with mental illnesses don’t speak up<p>The ceilings soar impressively high, the stained-glass windows are exquisite, and the satin-adorned pews stretch majestically to the dignified …

Mental Health

No African citizens granted visas for African trade summit in California

Every single African citizen who requested a visa was rejected, according to the organizer of the African Global Economic and Development Summit<p>An annual African trade summit in California had no African attendees this year after at least 60 people were denied visas, according to event leaders.<p>The …

Africa

If you have ‘overactive bladder,’ drugs may not be the best solution

The advertising of drugs for what is often called “overactive bladder” can make it seem as though medication is the key to curbing frequent bathroom breaks and bladder leaks. But is taking a drug the best solution for regaining control of your bladder?<p><b>What the ads may skip</b><p>Drug ads may leave out …

Wellness

South Sudan Plane Crash: Passenger Deaths Feared At Wau Airport

<b>UPDATE: 11:07 a.m. EDT —</b> Several passengers of a South Supreme Airlines flight were injured Monday after the commercial plane crash landed at Wau …

Africa

In Rome, EU and North African ministers hold 'migration summit'

EU and North African ministers are to meet in Rome to discuss strategies for curbing the number of migrants coming to Europe. Thousands of people have died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean in dangerous boats.<p>Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni is to meet with interior ministers from a …

Immigration

Lessons for SA? 17 years on...Zimbabwe’s ‘Rust & Dust’

<i>All that’s left is rust and dust, that’s the 17 year conclusion of land reform in Zimbabwe, according to Cathy Buckle. But what she finds more</i> …

Africa

Are Physicians of Color Being Shut Out of Competitive Specialties?

New research shows bias begins at the earliest stages of a doctor’s career, possibly before they even have a chance to select a specialty.<p>A recent study has found evidence of racial and ethnic bias in the earliest stages of a physician’s career: medical school. Researchers examined membership in …

Health Care

US Marines get social media tips after nude photos scandal

<b>US Marines have been given guidelines for using social media after it was discovered some had been sharing nude photos of female colleagues online.</b><p>The advice encourages marines to behave responsibly when sharing marine corps-related material online.<p>It adds that existing orders for the marines have …

U.S. Marines

Twenty teenagers die in Ghana waterfall accident

High school students killed by falling trees while swimming at popular tourist spot during a storm, according to officials<p>Up to 20 students have died after a storm at a waterfall popular with picnickers in Ghana caused trees to fall on them while they were swimming.<p>Wind and heavy rain appears to …

Ghana

Sisterlocks struggle: Stylists want fewer restrictions to braid hair

<b>In college, Tameka Stigers wore her hair in thin locks that looked so attractive, parents at her church wanted her to fashion their young daughters' hair.</b><p>"They said, 'Can you do it like yours?'" Stigers recalled. She wore her hair in Sisterlocks, hundreds of tiny locks that allow women with coarse, …

Hair

The Story Behind the First AIDS Drug, Approved 30 Years Ago

Today, if someone is diagnosed with HIV, he or she can choose among 41 drugs that can treat the disease. And there’s a good chance that with the …

HIV

As drought sweeps Kenya, herders invade farms and old wounds are reopened

Threatened by famine, pastoralists have turned to violence<p>Sitting on the edge of Kenya’s highest mountain, its spectacular dun-coloured vistas stretching out into the endless distance, Laikipia is one of the most beautiful corners of east Africa.<p>The region received a rush of publicity in 2010 when …

Africa

Skins creams containing paraffin linked to fire deaths

<b>Skin creams containing paraffin have been linked to dozens of fire deaths across England, the BBC has learned.</b><p>The products for conditions like eczema and psoriasis can leave people at risk of setting themselves ablaze.<p>If people use the creams regularly but do not often change clothes or bedding, …

Skin Care

Chuck Berry, pioneering rock'n'roll great, dies at age of 90

Police in St Louis confirm musician’s death after being found at a home on Saturday afternoon<p>Appreciation: Rock’n’roller who wrote the soundtrack for teen rebellion Tributes pour in for ‘greatest rock‘n’roll writer who ever lived’<p>The legendary guitarist Chuck Berry, who merged blues and swing into …

Rock & Roll

Getting It Wrong on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

What are some of the treatment regimens that sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome should follow? Many major medical organizations cite two: psychotherapy and a steady increase in exercise. There’s just one problem. The main study that has been cited as proof that patients can recover with those …

Medicine

For Zimbabwe's Mugabes, marriage is political and personal

MATOPO HILLS, Zimbabwe – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe plucked her from the secretarial pool decades ago to become his wife. Now Grace Mugabe is stirring speculation that she wants to succeed her 93-year-old husband as leader.<p>The power couple's extraordinary arc is deeply felt in this southern …

Africa

South Sudan government to blame for famine, still buying arms: U.N. report

| UNITED NATIONS<p>South Sudan's government is mainly to blame for famine in parts of the war-torn country, yet President Salva Kiir is still boosting his forces using millions of dollars from oil sales, according to a confidential United Nations report.<p>U.N. sanctions monitors said 97 percent of South …

Africa

#BringBackOurGirls was a mistake

The global #BringBackOurGirls campaign is a great example of how a noble cause can backfire.<p>The abduction of over 200 girls from their school dorm in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram militants in April 2014 could have been an opportunity for the world to clamor for the release of the thousands of …

Ronda Rousey

Huge Sierra Leone Diamond Found, Gem Is One Of The Biggest Ever

A massive uncut diamond has been found in West Africa by the most unlikely of people: A pastor. While the circumstances surrounding the discovery …

Sierra Leone

Florida Clinic Blinds Three Patients in Botched ‘Clinical Trial’

An unproven stem cell therapy conducted by a Florida clinic has blinded three patients in an apparent clinical trial gone horribly wrong. The …

Medicine

Woman admits to killing popular drag queen with silicone injection, police say

A Florida woman who posed as a medical professional has pleaded guilty to injecting four people with illegally purchased and improperly used silicone, resulting in one victim’s death, The Atlanta Constitution-Journal reported. Deanna Roberts, 47, is scheduled to be sentenced in May on eight …

Crime

Malaria deaths on the rise in Burundi and Rwanda

Despite global efforts to eradicate malaria, scores in sub-Saharan Africa continue to suffer and die from the disease. Burundi has now declared a malaria epidemic after nearly 800 people have reportedly died this year.<p>The World Health Organization (WHO) is shining a spotlight on the prevention of …

Africa