Dr. L A Morrison

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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe: 'We Will Not Prosecute Killers of White Farmers'

Several farmers were murdered during Mugabe's controversial land requisition campaign in the 2000s.

Africa

Sierra Leone: 400 Dead - 'Entire Communities Have Been Wiped Out'

(Photo: Society For Cimate Change Communication Sierra Leone)Sierra Leone's president has appealed for urgent help after torrential rain triggered …

Sierra Leone

Natalie Cole’s Son Robert Yancy Found Dead At 39, Cause Of Death Revealed By Authorities

Robert Yancy, the only son of late singer Natalie Cole, was found dead in his San Fernando Valley, California home on Monday. He was only …

Entertainment

Ex-prison guards in Ku Klux Klan plotted to kill a black inmate. An FBI informant caught them.

Two former prison guards in Florida, who were members of the Ku Klux Klan, have been convicted of plotting to kill a black inmate in retaliation for a scuffle with another guard who also belonged to the hate group.<p>A jury in Columbia County, Fla., found David Elliot Moran and Charles Thomas Newcomb …

Crime

Odell Beckham was 'speechless' after seeing ESPN's tone deaf fantasy football 'auction' segment

Because nobody at ESPN realized that auctioning off mostly black NFL players to a group comprised mostly of white guys may be a tad problematic, the Worldwide Leader found itself embroiled in controversy on Tuesday.<p>This video of an auctioneer “selling” Odell Beckham during ESPN’s <i>Fantasy Sports</i> …

Kevin Durant

Habitual cannabis use alters brain oxygen

Tetrahydrocannabinol, the main active ingredient in cannabis, is linked to changes in how oxygen "travels" through the brain. This may correlate with …

Cannabis

Why U.S.-Trained Surgeons Often Aren't Ready For Humanitarian Work Abroad

Many young American surgeons have a strong desire to do humanitarian work overseas. But their good intentions usually don't match up with the skills, such as cesarean section deliveries and fixing broken bones, that they'll need in poor countries.<p>And that means U.S. general surgeons, eager to do …

Medicine

“Barack Obama is to blame”: 13 Alabama conservatives on Charlottesville

DECATUR, Alabama — Several Alabama voters blame President Barack Obama for the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville this weekend because, they say, he sowed division in American politics.<p>Attendees at a rally for Rep. Mo Brooks, a conservative House Republican running for Senate, in Decatur …

Black Lives Matter

Deadpool 2 stuntwoman Joi SJ Harris mourned

<b>The stuntwoman who died in a motorcycle accident while filming Deadpool 2 has been identified as Joi SJ Harris.</b><p>Ms Harris, who was reportedly the first licensed female African American road racer in the US, was killed on Monday morning in Vancouver, Canada.<p>Eyewitnesses said she had lost control of …

Deadpool 2

6,000-Year-Old Knee Joints Suggest Osteoarthritis Isn't Just Wear And Tear

American doctors have been noticing an increase in osteoarthritis of the knee. They have suspected two driving forces: more old people and more people who are overweight.<p>A study published in this week's <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> argues that's far from the whole story. Even …

Pain

The hidden stories of medical experimentation on Caribbean slave plantations

In the natural course of events, humans fall sick and die. Patients hope for miraculous remedies to restore their health.<p>We all want our medicines to …

Medicine

Beaten baby becomes latest symbol of post-election violence sweeping Kenya

An infant allegedly beaten by security forces into a coma has become the latest symbol of the violence to sweep parts of Kenya following last week’s disputed presidential election.<p>Already facing anger over the death of a nine-year-old girl shot dead as she played on a third-floor balcony, Kenya’s …

Africa

Cancer patients who use alternative medicine are more than twice as likely to die

A new study has shown that cancer sufferers who turn to alternative therapies in preference to conventional medicine are more than twice as likely to …

Medicine

Oprah explains why she never married Stedman Graham

After 31 years together, Oprah Winfrey and boyfriend Stedman Graham have no intentions of getting married. However, the 63-year-old star wants people to know that they are both perfectly content with that fact.<p>Speaking in the upcoming September issue of Vogue, the former talk show host was asked …

Oprah Winfrey

Vicodin, Dilaudid, Xanax, Ambien and THC found in Tiger Woods' system at time of DUI arrest

Tiger Woods had Vicodin, Dilaudid, Xanax, Ambien and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in his system when he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the …

Tiger Woods

Little evidence shows cannabis helps chronic pain or PTSD

(Reuters Health) - Even though pain and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are among the most common reasons people use medical marijuana in the U.S., there isn’t much proof cannabis works for either one of these conditions, two research reviews suggest.<p>That’s because there hasn’t been enough …

Cannabis

Hundreds feared buried in Sierra Leone mudslide

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Relatives dug through the mud in search of their loved ones and a morgue overflowed with bodies Monday after heavy rains and flooding killed at least 200 people in Sierra Leone's capital.<p>Bodies were spread out on the floor of a morgue, Sinneh Kamara, a coroner …

Sierra Leone

5 People Are Dead After Undergoing FDA-Approved Obesity Treatment

The procedure places a silicone balloon in the stomach.<p>The US Food and Drug Administration is investigating the sudden deaths of five people who had …

Medicine

Letter from Africa: No dogs for me

<b>In our series of letters from African writers, veteran Ghanaian journalist Elizabeth Ohene reflects on her lack of passion for "man's best friend".</b><p>I note that a Nigerian court recently cleared a man who had been charged with conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace for naming his dog after …

Dogs

Gunmen attack Burkina Faso restaurant, many killed

Several foreigners were killed when suspected Islamist terrorists attacked a Turkish restaurant in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, …

Terrorism

Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem

Marshawn Lynch, the ex-Seattle running back who came out of retirement to sign with Oakland, sat during the national anthem before the Raiders' …

Marshawn Lynch

New Orleans man guilty of raping 7-year-old girl left with STD | NOLA.com

A New Orleans man has been convicted of raping a 7-year-old girl who contracted a sexually transmitted disease after the October 2014 attack in her …

Crime

Kenya is denying setting “death squads” loose on election protesters

Kenya’s government has denied the use of live bullets and killing of protesters as demonstrations rocked opposition strongholds in the capital Nairobi and in Kisumu county in western Kenya. Opposition candidate Raila Odinga said that government-mandated “death squads” had fired on protesters and …

Africa

'Almost Home' Celebrates The Blind Boys Of Alabama's Storied Lives

Sometimes, all you have to hear is a few notes, and you know that a voice has been lived in; you can hear a long life of ups and downs, a rich and weathered sound.<p>That is certainly true of singer Jimmy Carter, one of the founding members of the Blind Boys of Alabama. The Grammy-winning group had …

Music

Feared, ostracised and murdered: how music saved the Tanzania Albinism Collective

They are persecuted in their homeland, but music is now changing their lives. Meet the Tanzanians who play with sledgehammers, chant in Swahili – and dance till they drop<p>It is a Wednesday night in a London pub and a group are about to play their first ever gig. It doesn’t begin well. Some members …

Africa

Kenyan Celebrities Call for Restoration of Peace

Octopizzo<p>Kenyan artists have joined the growing calls for peace in the country in the wake of pockets of violence witnessed following the …

Africa

The Only Woman That Was Training to be a Navy SEAL Just Dropped Out

(SAN DIEGO) — The only woman in the Navy SEAL training pipeline has dropped out, a Navy special warfare official confirmed Friday.<p>The female …

Military

Meet the world's 10 richest black billionaires

Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Jeff Bezos may be the richest men in the world, but they aren't the only billionaires.<p>There are 2,043 people across …

Wealth

I spent 12 hours at a hospital in the heart of Brooklyn — and saw what the future of medicine could look like

"This hospital wasn't always like this," says Douglas Jablon, the senior vice president of patient relations at Maimonides Medical Center.<p>Today, when he walks around this Brooklyn hospital, he hears as many as 70 languages. When he arrived 41 years ago, diversity meant having Orthodox Jews and …

Health Care

Don't blame addicts for America's opioid crisis. Here are the real culprits

America’s opioid crisis was caused by rapacious pharma companies, politicians who colluded with them and regulators who approved one opioid pill after another<p>Of all the people Donald Trump could blame for the opioid epidemic, he chose the victims. After his own commission on the opioid crisis …

Opioid Crisis