It may be hard to imagine, but this year’s hajj pilgrimage—an event that normally brings 2 million+ Muslims worshippers a year to the sacred city of Mecca—began yesterday with will only about 1,000 lucky pilgrims, 

At 49%, Indonesia’s rate of female circumcision is the third highest in the world—despite laws banning the practice.   What keeps it going? In Indonesia, female genital mutilation is rooted as much in family tradition as in religion, according to new research from Gajah…

As Hong Kong braces for a surge in coronavirus cases, memories of the 2003 SARS outbreak are close at hand, NPR reports.   Some say Hong Kong hasn’t learned its lesson. While public transportation and schools are shut down, Hong Kong’s border with mainland China remains…

Caroline Fraser writes of her Christian Scientist father’s slow and agonizing death, against a backdrop of the church’s history, in an excerpt from her book, God’s Perfect Child.    In a scathing indictment of the church in which she was raised, Fraser chronicles its…

A third of US parents don’t plan to vaccinate their children against the flu this year, according to a new report from Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

The people of Pittsburgh and America are mourning the loss of 11 people who were killed at a synagogue on Saturday. 6 others were injured.   The victims at the Tree of Life Congregation were ages 54 to 97 and included a husband and wife and 2 brothers. The 46-year-old…

Religious doctrine is dictating health care options in a growing number of rural communities across America.. Estimates show that 1 in 6 hospital beds in the US are Catholic-owned or affiliated. From 2001-2016, as the number of hospitals in the US shrank, Catholic…

As Ramadan winds down this week, some Muslim food bloggers and dietitians are approaching the holy month of fasting with physical and mental health in mind. Maryam Jillani shares some of their insights, some tailored to young Muslims with busy routines. Sarah Zaheer Shah,…

This article was originally published in U.S. News & World Report.  Early in my public health career, I learned an important lesson about faith and family planning.