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.
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 …Medicine
(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
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 …Medicine
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 …Medicine
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 …Cancer
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 …Tumors
(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.
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 …War
(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
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 …Hospitals
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2016
This story was co-published with ProPublica and will appear in print in the New York Daily News on Sunday, February, 7, …NYPD
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 …Medicine
The practice of meditation may help veterans reduce chronic physical pain, according to a new pilot study conducted at the Washington, D.C. Veterans …Meditation
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 …Yoga
'These are the voices of doctors right now. That's what they feel'Jeremy Hunt
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 …Colombia
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), …Abortion
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
BY PAMELA FAYERMAN
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 …
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 …Medicine
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
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 …Africa
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 …Medicine
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 …Government
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 …Medicine
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.
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
A man who had paid to have her wife killed was horrified when he saw her crashing her own funeralAfrica
(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 …Obstetrics
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 …Medicine