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A Heartbreaking Look At Leprosy In 2017

on assignment for HuffPost | Catharine Smith | Posted 05.19.2017 | Impact

This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. YANGON, Myanma...

Saintly Women

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.10.2017 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

I am reminded many times in my research that women are invisible throughout history. While preparing a recent presentation for the women's auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus, I discovered two American women Roman Catholic saints of whom I was not aware.

How Childhood Bullying Led Me to Volunteer in a Leprosy Colony in India

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 09.30.2016 | Impact
M. Shannon Hernandez

If you've been through that awkward phase in life know as adolescence, you've most likely felt isolated at one time or another. I had a miserable time most of my high school years.

What You Should Know About Armadillos And Leprosy

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 07.24.2015 | Healthy Living

By now, you may have heard that armadillos are causing leprosy outbreaks in Florida. Nine cases have been reported in Florida this year, which is clos...

Nuns In Vietnam Serve Victims Of Biblical Disease

Global Sisters Report | Joachim Pham | Posted 03.05.2015 | Religion

This story was originally published on Global Sisters Report. Although leprosy defined the outwardly neediest of God’s people in biblical times, ...

How Can We Eradicate Leprosy?

Sanjana Govindan Jayadev | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Sanjana Govindan Jayadev

Today, leprosy affects approximately 150,000 people in India, which carries roughly 58% of the global leprosy burden.

The Mysterious Part Of This National Park You're Not Allowed To See

The Huffington Post | Clarke Reilly | Posted 07.15.2014 | Travel

Most of us have seen wacky images of how trees seemingly eat objects over time -- everything from street signs and park benches to long-abandoned bicy...

Hilo Man Recounts Harrowing Experience At Leper Colony | Posted 05.19.2014 | Hawaii

When Hilo resident Stanley Martin was 13 years old, he was diagnosed with leprosy, taken away from his mother, and transferred to Molokai where he wou...

Old Bones Shed New Light On Ancient Disease

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.17.2013 | Science

Researchers ambitiously have reconstructed the genomes of both modern and medieval strains of the pathogen responsible for leprosy in a new study. ...

Spiritual Leprosy: Are You Afflicted?

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 11.13.2012 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

It isn't easy to look in the mirror and see our own spiritual leprosy. If you do get a glimpse, don't turn away in disgust or shame. Remember, underlying life is a river of love and compassion.

Cara Santa Maria

People Still Get Leprosy? | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 07.23.2012 | Science

I've got to be honest: when I think of leprosy, I think of Jesus. Often regarded as a vestige from a bygone era, I was surprised to learn (from a read...

Photographs Illuminate The Isolation Of Leprosy

Posted 03.13.2012 | Arts

Leprosy is a condition that many of us believe has come and gone -- an unpleasant medical fate from another era. But for the people of Da Qin Island, ...

Spreading Leprosy In The U.S. South?

The Huffington Post | Laura Schocker | Posted 06.28.2011 | Home

Up to 20 percent of U.S. armadillos are infected with leprosy -- and now a new study has found that these quirky little creatures may be transmitting ...

Strangest New York Visitors: Leprosy And The Bubonic Plague

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Did you think we were done with cholera, or the bubonic plague? Well, we're not. Millions of people come to New York City every year, and a few of t...

Atlanta Mom Turns Life Upside Down To Secure A Future For Children From India's Leprosy Colonies

Mickey Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mickey Goodman

The mother of 10 seemed an unlikely leader of an organization benefiting children half way around the world. But it came about following a tragedy -- the suicide of Douglas' daughter, Amber.

Cure Millions of Leprosy -- or Just Give Hank Paulson a Tax Break?

Matt Bivens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Bivens

$300 million could eradicate smallpox, history's greatest killer of humans -- yet the same sum wouldn't cover the bonus pool for the executives of the insurance company AIG after its great meltdown.

Earth to Lou: It Could Have Been Different

Mark Potok | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mark Potok

It didn't have to end this way for Lou Dobbs. He could have been a contender. But Dobbs, a supremely self-confident man who often mentions his Harvard education in private conversation, just wouldn't listen.

Hate in the Mainstream: SPLC Announces 'Dobbsy' Award

Mark Potok | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mark Potok

We've decided to launch an award to call attention to mainstream figures who make utterly false or statements that have the effect of denigrating an entire group of people. We're calling it the Dobbsy, in honor of Lou Dobbs.

Lepers, AIDS Patients Not Welcome in Beijing

USA Today | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

China is putting out the welcome mat for foreign tourists during the Olympics -- as long as they're not sick. Kyodo News reports that Beijing plans t...