Dr. L A Morrison

4 Magazines | 9,421 Articles | 3,415 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.

Why I hid my happy, healthy daughter’s medical diagnosis from her for as long as I could

Knowledge, it is said, is power. Most of the time, this is very true. However, there are times when I feel like a little less knowledge never hurt anybody. Like knowing exactly what my teenager is up to while out with his friends. Or what hot dogs are really made of.

I applied that same reasoning to …


Gunshots ring out at Mississippi Mardi Gras parade

(CNN) — Two people died and four others were wounded in a shooting following a Mardi Gras celebration in the Mississippi Gulf Coast town of Pass Christian on Sunday, police said.

Officers were directing traffic in the area after the Mardi Gras parade when they heard gunshots, Pass Christian Police …

Mardi Gras

Why it took years for the FDA to warn about infections tied to medical scopes

An outbreak at a Pennsylvania hospital in late 2012 should have been an early warning that a reusable medical scope was spreading deadly infections and nearly impossible to disinfect.

But staff at the federal Food and Drug Administration lost the report, one of multiple missteps that allowed doctors …


Ten Stories of Terrifying Medical Errors

Terracotta plaque of a scene in which a man is performing surgery on another man in a 1500s German tavern | Image: Wellcome Images via Wikimedia


When Men Get Breast Cancer, They Enter A World Of Pink

At 46 years old, Oliver Bogler's reaction to a suspicious lump in his chest might seem typical for a man. He ignored it for three to four months, maybe longer. "I couldn't really imagine I would have this disease," Bogler says. But when he finally "grew up" and went to the doctor, he was pretty …


Been anywhere nice this year? Brain surgery where patients are kept chatting

Even given his years of experience, consultant neurosurgeon Tim Jones still cannot shake the difficult thought of what might be lost whenever he cuts through someone’s brain. “The memory of their first girlfriend, perhaps. Or of holidays when they were children. Their dreams or aspirations.”

So, the …


Haiti's President steps down, leaving no successor

(CNN)Haitian President Michel Martelly has stepped down from office, leaving the nation with no successor after elections marred by allegations of fraud were postponed twice.

Martelly, who leaves the post after five years in office, delivered a farewell address to Haiti's National Assembly on Sunday.

World Leaders

US military: robot wars

When historians come to write about technological innovation in the first half of this century, they are likely to pay special attention to a US Navy …


200 million women and girls live with female genital mutilation, says U.N.

(CNN) — They covered her face and laid her down.

What happened next, Agnes wishes no girl would ever experience.

"They grabbed my legs and arms," she said. "They excised me. Blood was coming out."

Her genitals had been mutilated.

Agnes, now 14, underwent the procedure in Cote D'Ivoire. But the practice …

Female Genital Mutilation

4th patient infected during mold outbreak at Pittsburgh hospital dies

A fourth transplant patient who contracted a fungal infection during a mold outbreak at a western Pennsylvania hospital has died, officials said Sunday.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center confirmed the death of Che DuVall, a 70-year-old retired glass cutter who was diagnosed with the …


NYPD uses obscure law to boot hundreds from their homes


This story was co-published with ProPublica and will appear in print in the New York Daily News on Sunday, February, 7, …


Two Surgeon Parents & Flexibility In Surgical Training: The New England Journal Of Medicine Study

Entropy is the equilibrium of family life. Is baseball practice more important than the 2pm school play? I have no idea. What holds true in our dual-surgeon family is the omnipresence of uncertainty. Mommy or Daddy can be yanked from family life at any point. The absolute need for flexibility is …


Meditation Shown to Ease Chronic Pain in Veterans

The practice of meditation may help veterans reduce chronic physical pain, according to a new pilot study conducted at the Washington, D.C. Veterans …


Why Special Ops Are Doing Yoga—and Why You Should, Too

I started doing yoga in 2011, when I was shutting down Iraq as part of Operation New Dawn.

Eight other Special Forces guys and I were the last American soldiers north of Baghdad, and our job was to represent U.S. support for a sovereign Iraqi state.

The area wasn’t particularly dangerous (for a war …


Jeremy Hunt squirms as Andrew Marr reads out letters from junior doctors

'These are the voices of doctors right now. That's what they feel'

Jeremy Hunt

More than 3,100 pregnant Colombian women have Zika

More than 25,000 people are infected in Colombia, President Santos says, among them 3,177 are pregnant.

More than 3,100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, President Juan Manuel Santos said, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas.

The virus …


Zika Virus on the Rise: Women on Web Provides Medical Abortion for Free

Women on Web (WoW) is an online telemedical service that provides safe abortion access for women living in countries where this type of basic reproductive healthcare is severely restricted.

In the wake of the Zika virus epidemic, WoW is offering early medical abortion (up to nine weeks gestation), …


3K patients at Colo. hospital possibly exposed to HIV, hep C

The former hospital employee has not been arrested, but Englewood police are investigating the alleged theft, Sgt. Brian Cousineau said.

HOSPITAL DRUGS WITHIN REACH: Popular care aide succumbs to addiction to emergency room morphine and other pharmaceuticals


Kerri O’Keefe loved her job in the emergency room of Vancouver General Hospital so much she’d work 24/7 if she could, she’d often …

Doctor convicted of murder for patients' drug overdoses gets 30 to life

A judge on Friday sentenced a Southern California doctor to 30 years to life in prison for the murders of three of her patients who fatally overdosed, ending a landmark case that some medical experts say could reshape how doctors nationwide handle prescriptions.

The sentence came after a Los Angeles …


A new study just totally debunked the BMI scale as a measure of health

A new study just totally debunked the BMI scale as a measure of health The BMI scale isn’t a product of the modern health industry; it dates back to …

Weight Loss

Nigerians' reputation for crime has made them unwelcome in Britain, says country's president

Muhammadu Buhari tells Telegraph that too many Nigerians are in jail abroad - and that they shouldn't try to claim asylum

Nigeria's president has warned his fellow citizens to stop trying to make asylum claims in Britain, saying that their reputation for criminality has made it hard for them to be …


Hospital Employees Fired for Accessing Jason Pierre-Paul's Medical Records

Jackson Memorial Hospital has fired two employees after it was discovered they inappropriately accessed medical records for New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.

According to a statement from Jackson Health Services, per Jordan Raanan of NJ.com, patient privacy is "a top priority" and the …


Obama's First US Mosque Visit: Better Late Than Never?

With all the controversy surrounding whether he himself is actually a Muslim, US President Barack Obama visited the Islamic Society of Baltimore, a 47-year-old mosque with thousands of attendees, for the first time ever during his presidency.

He stated that the purpose of his visit was to speak out …


High Costs For Drugs Used By A Few Are Starting To Add Up

The cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi can help people with specific genetic mutations breathe better, but treatment with the pill comes with a hefty sticker price — $259,000 a year.

Orkambi, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration last July, is expected to take almost $36 million from …


Doctor gets 30 years to life for prescription drug deaths

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A doctor convicted of murder for prescribing exorbitant amounts of painkillers that left three patients dead was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in prison.

The conviction of Dr. Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng was rare for a doctor. It came after a dozen of her patients died.

Tseng …


Nearly 200 images released by US military depict Bush-era detainee abuse

Bruises, reddened marks and bandaged body parts featured in nearly 200 images of US detainee abuse that the Pentagon was forced to release on Friday, the result of a court battle that has lasted more than a decade.

While the American Civil Liberties Union – which has fought for the publication of …

U.S. Military

Woman walks into own funeral to surprise of husband who had paid to have her killed

A man who had paid to have her wife killed was horrified when he saw her crashing her own funeral


CDC issues new safe-sex guidelines around Zika virus

(CNN) — Men exposed to the Zika virus and who have a pregnant partner should use a condom or abstain from sex until the baby is born, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised Friday in guidelines aimed at preventing sexual transmission of the virus.

Officials also said that pregnant …


The secret junior doctor's diary: 'After 40 minutes of chest compressions, we stop'


I work on the medical admissions unit – it’s the main receiving ward for medical patients who need to be admitted from A&E. I’m also on call, so it’s my job to field referrals from A&E. I have a chat with a colleague who’s leaving medicine to become a management consultant. Better pay and …