Dr. L A Morrison

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Lake Chad: The faces of the world's 'silent emergency'

<b>The moment photographer Chris de Bode realised the young man was eating the contents of a nappy is one he will never forget.</b><p>He had been photographing the plight of the refugees who were seeking safety in northern Cameroon when he came across the man, who appeared disabled, sat outside a hut in the …

Nigeria

A New Kidney Transplant Procedure Makes All Donors Compatible

The method effectively improves long-term survival and could end organ wait lists.<p>Desensitization is a new technique that prevents rejection of transplanted kidneys, which means that donors and patients can be much more easily matched. A new study of 1,000 patients shows its promise at changing how …

Medicine

'I buried my smallest one under a bush': starvation and sorrow in South Sudan

When Mary Cholil sought food and shelter after her village was torched, her three-year-old daughter died. In a country ravaged by hunger and conflict, such tragedies have become all too familiar<p>The news spreads fast during the day. The raiders are coming. Two columns of fighters, each thousands …

Africa

OB-GYNs Give Women More Say In When They Have Mammograms

Women in their 40s at average risk for breast cancer should talk to their health care provider about the risks and benefits of mammography before starting regular screening at that age, according to guidelines released Thursday by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.<p>The group …

Cancer

Massacres and mutilations in Congo have left more than 3,000 dead since October, reports say

Congo's Catholic church released a report this week claiming that 3,383 people have been killed in the Kasai region since October. The church, the only institution which has a presence across most of this gigantic and largely lawless country, said the brutal killings were perpetrated by the …

Africa

Insurance study ties legal pot to boost in car crash claims

DENVER – A recent insurance study links increased car crash claims to legalized recreational marijuana.<p>The Highway Loss Data Institute, a leading insurance research group, said in study results released Thursday that collision claims in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon went up 2.7 percent in the …

Cannabis

Why a Ugandan farmer gave land to a refugee

<b>In less than a year, a camp in northern Uganda has taken in more refugees than any other in the world, and all of them from war-torn South Sudan.</b><p>Here in Bidi Bidi it can take you one hour to drive from one end of the camp to the other. But it is not what you might envisage.<p>Much of this place is …

Africa

You're probably not allergic to penicillin anymore

Reactions to the antibiotic can fade over time.<p>"Are you allergic to any medications?" I've answered that query dozens of times since a childhood incident when penicillin, taken to treat a minor infection, instead gave me an itchy rash all over my body. So I respond automatically, and call out the …

Medicine

9 Misconceptions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

<i>This article was originally written for FRESH U HBCU by Stephen-Michael Thompson, Jr.. It has been given minor edits before re-posting.</i><p>Okay, let’s be serious. Last year when I was looking for my college home, HBCUs were just an alternative world for a lot of people. A PWI was just the normal …

HBCUs

EU offers 85 million euros to help fund Uganda's refugee response

(This version fixes typos in paragraphs four and eight to read Christos Stylianides and Antonio Guterres respectively, in the June22nd instance)<p>KAMPALA (Reuters) - The European Union has offered 85 million euros ($94.89 million) to help fund relief operations for hundreds of thousands of refugees …

Africa

OCD linked to inflammation in the brain

<i>A common symptom of OCD is an obsession with cleanliness.</i><p>Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an intrusive condition that remains difficult to treat. …

Neuroscience

Ancient Egyptian's wooden toe is sophisticated prosthetic

<b>(CNN) —</b> A wooden big toe that enabled a priest's daughter to walk around 3,000 years ago has been found to be even more complex than researchers believed. It is thought to be one of the oldest prosthetic devices ever found.<p>"By using a sophisticated way of fixing the individual parts of the …

Ancient Egypt

Artist Creates Instagram Sculptures With Her Natural Hair

An actual work of art.<p>There are many ways to embrace natural hair, including turning it into mesmerizing art creations. Prepare to have your mind blown by Laetitia KY, a 21-year-old fashion designer from the Cote d’Ivoire who creates works of art with her natural hair — then shares them on …

Hair

What To Make Of Philando Castile's Death, One Year Later

As soon as Philando Castile's mother Valerie heard last week that a Minnesota jury had acquitted Jeronimo Yanez, she stood up and declared "f*** this!" and left the courtroom. That's according to Minnesota Public Radio reporter Riham Feshir, who was there, and talked to Code Switch about it for …

Policing

Report: More Than 3,000 Killed In Violence In Central Congo

More than 3,000 people have been killed in a remote region in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a new report from Congo's Catholic Church.<p>As NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports, the violence in the central Kasai region erupted last August, "when the military killed Kamuina Nsapu, a …

World News

Cliff Avril makes good on sack promise, builds homes and school in Haiti

RENTON, Wash. -- Defensive end Cliff Avril took a seat on the couch outside the Seattle Seahawks' locker room, started scrolling through his …

NFL

In world's largest refugee settlement, churches offer hope

BIDI BIDI, Uganda (AP) — Scores of thousands fled the violence of South Sudan's civil war with little but their faith. Now, in the world's largest refugee settlement, they are improvising churches.<p>They dance and sometimes speak in tongues. Preacher Daniel Rasash falls to his knees and weeps in …

Africa

'I was addicted to heroin- and it could happen to anyone'

Liz Cohen remembers the exact moment she gave in to heroin. Sitting in a rundown motel room with her boyfriend and starting to feel the intense pains of withdrawal, she says she begged him to get her more drugs. But when he told her that all he could give her was heroin, she balked. Up until that …

Addiction

A new focus in the war against deadly sepsis

Dawn Nagel, a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., knew she was going to have a busy day, with more than a dozen patients showing signs of sepsis.<p>They included a 61-year-old mechanic with diabetes. An elderly man recovering from pneumonia. A new mom whose white blood cell count had shot …

Medicine

Trevor Noah Calls Out NRA For Silence Over Legal Gun Owner Philando Castile

"According to their rhetoric, this is everything that they stand against, right?"<p>“Daily Show” host Trevor Noah started out laughing Monday night, cracking jokes about news stories including President Donald Trump’s Cuba policies and legal team. But he turned serious as he addressed the acquittal of …

Philando Castile

Legionnaires' cases among newborns raise questions about water births

<b>(CNN) —</b> Cases of Legionnaires' disease have been documented at hotels, gyms and even health care facilities, but a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that even newborns are being infected -- after water births.<p>In two cases in Arizona last year, babies born in …

Pregnancy

Home Invasion Suspect Battered And Bruised After Victims Fight Back

“He kept wrestling with me ... that’s when I punched him in the eye twice.”<p>This home invasion suspect picked the wrong people to mess with.<p>A group of friends was able to turn the tables on a suspected armed intruder after he allegedly broke into their Tennessee apartment late Sunday night, only to …

Crime

NHS launches urgent appeal for black people to donate blood

Call prompted by demand for Ro subtype, more common among black people, to treat conditions such as sickle cell disease<p>Health officials have launched an urgent plea for more black people to give blood.<p>NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) said that 40,000 more donors were needed to meet growing demand …

Medicine

FDA approves new antibiotic to treat serious skin infections

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a new treatment for patients with acute bacterial skin infections, made by privately held Melinta Therapeutics.<p>The drug, Baxdela, or delafloxacin, is designed to treat skin and skin structure infections caused by a range of …

Medicine

How Could The Navy Destroyer Collision Happen?

The headline shocked the close-knit world of the surface Navy: Seven sailors aboard the destroyer USS Fitzgerald were killed, and other crew members injured, when the warship collided with a cargo vessel off Japan.<p>As the Navy family grieves, both it and the wider world are asking the same question: …

Military

'Half' Nigeria food aid for Boko Haram victims not delivered

<b>Up to half the food aid meant for people who have fled Nigeria's Islamist insurgency has reportedly been diverted, the government says.</b><p>It described it as a "diversion of relief materials", which correspondents say is a euphemism for theft.<p>A statement from the acting president's office added that …

Nigeria

Who shot Kuki Gallmann? The story of a Kenyan conservationist heroine

Since she moved to Kenya, she’s lost her husband and son. Now she’s been shot by tribesmen determined to take her land. But Kuki Gallmann’s going nowhere<p>There is thunder and the equatorial rain falls perfectly straight, drenching the lawn and a pair of towering candelabra trees that frame the …

Africa

Tanzania albino attacks: 'My neighbour hacked off my hands'

Mariam Staford Bandaba was attacked in Tanzania by a gang of men who chopped off her arms, believing that albino body parts had magic properties.<p>Yet she is now able to work as a weaver.

Security

Castile family outraged over acquittal

The family of Philando Castile is outraged after a jury acquitted the officer who shot him. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

Policing

Arrests follow protest against Philando Castile verdict

At least 18 people arrested in the US city of St Paul following acquittal of officer who shot and killed a black man.<p>At least 18 people have been arrested in the US city of St Paul during a mass protest that erupted following the acquittal of a police officer who shot and killed an African American …

Policing