Countries target pesticides as suspected link to rare kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

Governments from El Salvador to Sri Lanka explore the role of pesticides in a malady killing laborers, as other scientists eye heat stress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "disease":

"… ing down on pesticides as a potential cause of a mysterious form of kidney disease killing agricultural workers. In El Salvador, the congress approved a ban …"

"… second nation to ban top-selling pesticides for a potential link to kidney disease. Meanwhile, in India, new research from Harvard University and the state …"

"… f Investigative Journalists has examined how a rare type of chronic kidney disease, CKD, is afflicting agricultural workers along Central America’s Pa …"

"… ause of the parallel epidemics. Following its emergence in the 1990s, the disease was widely ignored by authorities even as it devastated impoverished rural …"

In India, verdant terrain conceals clues to a fatal kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… a. They come from farming communities and are mostly poor. Few suffer from diabetes or hypertension. The climate is sweltering, toxic pesticides are used libe …"

As kidney disease kills thousands across continents, scientists scramble for answers

By Sasha Chavkin

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Uddanam":

"… dy can accept a kidney donation that offers his only chance of survival.In Uddanam, India, a reed-thin farmer named Laxmi Narayna prepares for the grueling t …"

"… ommunity is called “The Island of the Widows.” In the Indian region of Uddanam, a reverse trend has taken hold: Couples decline to marry at all.In Sri La …"

"… ed to know,” he said. “What happened to me?”In India, the Trouble in UddanamLaxmi Narayna’s village, Gonaputtuga, is part of a verdant rural belt alo …"

"… tuga, is part of a verdant rural belt along India’s eastern coast called Uddanam. Spanning less than 100 miles, this stretch of villages near the northern …"

A toxic embrace

By Murali Krishnan and Shantanu Guha Ray

India’s wide use of asbestos brings dire warnings

Excerpts from this story referencing "Andhra Pradesh":

"… tos is considered an essential ingredient of growth. In India’s southern Andhra Pradesh state, a pro-asbestos agenda is being pushed by one of its MPs, Gaddam Viv …"

India

By Sheetal Doshi

India's central HIV/AIDS agency, there have been 124,995 officially reported cases of AIDS from 1986 to August 2006

Excerpts from this story referencing "infection":

"… s to months on the road, are among the most vulnerable groups for HIV/AIDS infection. According to the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), India's centr …"

"… the law to be one of the greatest obstacles in combating the spread of the infection. Men who have sex with men (MSM), as they are commonly referred to, are a …"

"… rust, devoted to reducing the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in India, have faced police harassment, extortion and even jail time whil …"

"… enous drug users only result in making these groups invisible and push the infection underground," Rao said, "making it virtually impossible for NACO to interv …"