Dr. L A Morrison

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Heavy teenage drinking linked to abnormal brain development

Teens who drink heavily are more likely than their peers to have less gray matter, an important brain structure that aids in memory, decisions, and self-control, according to a Finnish study.<p>The study was observational, so it is impossible to say whether heavy drinking caused this stunted brain …

The Brain

Female dementia sufferers get worse medical treatment than men

Women suffering from dementia in the UK receive worse medical treatment than men with the condition, new research suggests.<p>The gender gap shows women make fewer visits to GPs, get less health monitoring and take more potentially harmful drugs than men.<p>Researchers at University College London …

United Kingdom

4 quit after Oklahoma veteran with maggots in wound dies

TALIHINA, Okla. – Four staff members have resigned from a southeastern Oklahoma veterans facility rather than face the possibility of getting fired, after a resident was found to have maggots in a wound.<p>Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs executive director Myles Deering said the maggots were …

Oklahoma

'Sham' US embassy in Ghana issued fake visas for a decade

An organized crime ring operated a “sham” U.S. embassy in Ghana that issued illegally obtained visas for about a decade, the State Department confirmed Sunday.<p>The building in Accra, Ghana, flew a U.S. flag every Monday, Tuesday and Friday morning. A picture of President Barack Obama and signs …

Africa

'I was there when gunmen tried to kill Bob Marley'

<b>It's 40 years since would-be assassins tried to kill Bob Marley, the most famous reggae artist of all time. Nancy Burke, who was at the singer's house in Kingston, Jamaica, as the shootings took place, recalls what happened.</b><p>During the 1970s, Marley led the way in the Caribbean island as it became …

Toronto doctor charged with first-degree murder in woman’s death

The director of the Ontario Medical Association is remembering a doctor who police allege was killed by her neurosurgeon husband as a talented family physician.<p>Police say 40-year-old Elana Fric-Shamji was reported missing Wednesday night, and her body was found by the side of a road in Vaughan, …

Toronto

Moroccan TV Tutorial: How To Cover Up Bruises From Domestic Abuse

On Nov. 23, a morning talk show on Morocco's state television aired a segment on using makeup to conceal bruises from domestic violence. It was part of a promotional effort for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, coming up two days later.<p>The reaction was swift and …

Entertainment

Senator Takes Up Issue of Unexpected Medical Bills

Saying that “surprise” medical bills for emergency room visits are unfair to patients, Senator Bill Nelson, Democrat of Florida, is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the practice.<p>A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine last month found that many patients around the …

Life Sciences

The Air Force Tees Up a Battle of the Fighter Jets

Russell Berman, The Atlantic<p>Aug. 31, 2015, 7:53 a.m.<p>If you’re the Pentagon, how do you choose between an aging, but de­pend­able, fight­er jet and a …

Military

Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds Gets Candid With His AS Diagnosis, AS Life Live, and IDLP3

Imagine Dragons front man, Dan Reynolds stopped by AOL's <i>BUILDseries</i> studio in New York City on 11/15/16 to publicly discuss his latest projects. Here are 5 takeaways from his conversation with Rolling Stone contributing editor, Joe Levy.<p><b>1. Dan Reynolds was diagnosed with Ankylosing spondylitis (AS).</b><p>…

Imagine Dragons

Man who allegedly admitted to killing football star Joe McKnight released without charges

The man who admits to killing Joe McKnight — a former high school and USC football star who was shot Thursday — was released without charges on Friday.<p>Ronald Gasser, 54, admitted to shooting McKnight three times at an intersection in the New Orleans Area around 3 p.m. on Thursday, authorities said …

Sports

US military veterans join Standing Rock protests in N Dakota

<b>Hundreds of US military veterans have joined activists in North Dakota protesting against the installation of a multi-billion dollar oil pipeline.</b><p>The activists, who are demonstrating in sub-zero temperatures, have been ordered to leave the area by Monday.<p>It is unclear if they will obey.<p>The …

North Dakota

This Scientist Is Studying Mental Illness As An Electrical Issue

At TEDMED, Kafui Dzirasa explained why bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions are more than just chemical imbalances.<p>Why is electric shock therapy, originally invented in the late 1930s, still considered an effective treatment for alleviating the symptoms of mental illness? Why do some …

Mental Disorders

President Obama is quietly expanding the war on terror in Africa while the world is distracted by Trump

On Nov. 28, a young man named Abdul Razak Ali Artan ran his car into a crowd of pedestrians on the campus of Ohio State University and then attempted to stab as many people as possible before he was fatally shot by a campus police officer.<p>According to preliminary reports, Artan, a student at the …

Politics

Martin Shkreli: Australian boys recreate life-saving drug

<b>The man who sparked outrage last year by hiking the price of a life-saving drug may have met his match in some Australian schoolboys.</b><p>US executive Martin Shkreli became a symbol of greed when he raised the price of a tablet of Daraprim from $13.50 (£11) to $750.<p>Now, Sydney school students have …

Australia

'Fatal' flaws found in medical implant software

<b>Security flaws found in 10 different types of medical implants could have "fatal" consequences, warn researchers.</b><p>The flaws were found in the radio-based communications used to update implants, including pacemakers, and read data from them.<p>By exploiting the flaws, the researchers were able to adjust …

South Sudan conflict: UN warns of 'ethnic cleansing'

<b>Ethnic cleansing is taking place in war-torn South Sudan, the UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) has warned.</b><p>It says it has observed starvation, the burning of villages and rape being used as weapons of war across the country.<p>The three-member commission, which was established earlier this year, …

Africa

Didier Drogba charity may have 'misled' donors - Charity Commission

<b>An investigation into a charity run by ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba found "no evidence of fraud or corruption" but said it may have "misled" donors.</b><p>The Charity Commission began its inquiry into "serious regulatory concerns" at the Didier Drogba Foundation in April.<p>That followed a Daily Mail …

Fraud

Disabled bodybuilder: Weakness is a choice

Caleb Mutombo doesn’t fit the stereotype of a body builder. He was born severely disabled and weighs less than 40kg.<p>Despite that, he now competes in South Africa and hopes to inspire other people to follow him into the sport.<p><i>Video Journalist: Christian Parkinson</i>

South Africa

Trump appoints Gen 'Mad Dog' Mattis as US defence secretary

US President-elect Donald Trump has named Gen James Mattis, a former marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, as his defence secretary.

Ghanaian elections hinge on country's economy

In most election campaigns the economy features strongly but in Ghana it is pivotal, as people prepare for both presidential and parliamentary ballots.<p>The country has suffered after the fall in global prices for commodities such oil, gold and cocoa - among its key exports. And a three-year-long …

Elections

Gambia's President Jammeh 'to concede defeat'

<b>The Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh is about to concede defeat, the electoral commission chairman has told the BBC.</b><p>Mr Jammeh, who has been in power for 22 years, faced estate agent Adama Barrow in Thursday's election.<p>Electoral commission chief Alieu Momar Njie said it was unprecedented for a …

Politics

The Gambia election: 'I never knew freedom until today'

Opposition supporters tell BBC World Have Your Say their thoughts as news that Yahya Jammeh, The Gambia's president of 22 years, has been defeated in presidential elections by property developer, Adama Barrow.<p>Hear more reaction from The Gambia on BBC World Have Your Say.<p><i>Produced by Trystan Young</i>

Politics

89-Year-Old Vet Places Ad Seeking Job So He Doesnt 'Die Of Boredom'

Certainly he has plenty to offer.<p>Waiting tables might not seem like your typical dream job, but Joe Bartley is over the moon about his new part-time gig. The 89-year-old widower was sick and tired of sitting at home doing nothing and so he decided to take matters into his own hands.<p>Bartley bravely …

Employment

Yahya Jammeh loses to Adama Barrow in Gambia election

Adama Barrow wins presidential election, bringing to an end Jammeh's 22-year rule which began with a coup.<p>Yahya Jammeh, longtime ruler of The Gambia, has lost the presidential election to the opposition leader, according to the electoral commission.<p>Adama Barrow's victory in the West African country …

Elections

Olive Garden donates $5,000 to comedian’s charity after incident with waitress

Olive Garden has extended a high-priced olive branch to comedian Ricky Smith after an alleged incident with a server that resulted in Smith's party being asked to leave.<p>On Tuesday, the Ohio-based comedian was dining with friends at an Olive Garden in Parma, Ohio, reports FOX Cleveland.<p>While …

Comedians

Time For Homeopathic Remedies To Prove That They Work?

Homeopathy has been around since the 1700s, but despite having devoted followers, there is no scientific evidence that it works. Soon, packages for homeopathic products might say just that.<p>On Nov. 15, the Federal Trade Commission released an enforcement policy statement about labeling for …

Health

Sex crimes in focus at Hague trial of Ugandan rebel commander

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A top lieutenant of Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony goes on trial in The Hague on Tuesday accused of war crimes ranging from child kidnapping and forced marriage to rape and murder during the rebel group's long rampage in northern Uganda.<p>The trial of Dominic Ongwen …

Netherlands

Wisconsin VA dentist failed to meet proper cleaning standards

TOMAH, Wis. – The health of hundreds of veterans is in question because a dentist at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center failed to meet proper cleaning standards.<p>Tomah VA acting medical director Victoria Brahm said Tuesday 592 veterans that received care from the dentist can receive free …

Dentistry

MDMA approved for final trials to treat PTSD before possible legalization

FDA could make drug legal by 2021 if phase three tests involving controlled dosage and talk therapy are shown to alleviate post-traumatic stress disorder<p>The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the green light to phase three trials of MDMA to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, the …

Health (UK)