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 "Andhra Pradesh":

"… Meanwhile, in India, new research from Harvard University and the state of Andhra Pradesh found local drinking water to be contaminated with high levels of silica …"

"… yasumana said. Perhaps the most striking new clues come from the state of Andhra Pradesh in eastern India. Preliminary findings by a research team from Harvard Un …"

"… . Preliminary findings by a research team from Harvard University and the Andhra Pradesh state government showed that groundwater in affected villages contained th …"

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 "Uddanam":

"… imbing coconut palms to tap into the trunks for wine. The region’s name, Uddanam, comes from a word in Sanskrit that means “Beautiful Garden” or “Par …"

"… rom a word in Sanskrit that means “Beautiful Garden” or “Paradise.”Uddanam’s rich terrain seems an unlikely place for the mysterious strain of illn …"

"… te of chronic kidney deaths among the community’s husbands, residents of Uddanam say they now have trouble getting married at all.“Other people, they don …"

"… Varaka. “They are not giving any bride or bridegroom to this area, this Uddanam area.”Uddanam’s victims have much in common with those of the unexplai …"

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 "Central America":

"… sands of people in rural, agricultural communities in Sri Lanka, India and Central America. The struggle to identify its causes is baffling researchers across multip …"

"… l reaches tens of thousands.More than 16,000 men died of kidney failure in Central America from 2005 to 2009, with annual deaths increasing more than threefold since …"

"… ling, the regional director for the Program on Work and Health (SALTRA) in Central America, which pioneered the initial studies of the region’s unsolved outbreak. …"

"… its exist, with different causes in each region?From Sri Lanka to India to Central America, all the victims know is that something in their lush, hauntingly beautifu …"

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 "HIV":

"… agriculture, which employs about 60 percent of the labor force.The face of HIVMigrant laborers and truck drivers, who spend days to months on the road, a …"

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

"… ccording to the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), India's central HIV/AIDS agency, there have been 124,995 officially reported cases of AIDS fro …"

"… eas and about 39 percent are women.Just over half of all reported cases of HIV/AIDS are in two southern states: 52,036 in Tamil Nadu and 15,099 in Andhra …"