New urgency targets mysterious kidney disease in Central America

By Sasha Chavkin

In El Salvador, health ministries formally recognize a kidney disease killing laborers — and vow deeper scrutiny of its causes.

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"… Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University. …"

"… ulation of agrochemicals. The declaration represented a major victory for El Salvador and its health minister, Dr. Maria Isabel Rodriguez. Ninety years old and …"

"… isease Control and Prevention, which in 2011 helped beat back an effort by El Salvador to declare the malady a top priority for the Americas. The CDC now says it …"

"… disease in Central America, and pledged to help fund a national survey by El Salvador to measure the prevalence of chronic ailments including CKD. “We have t …"

Herbicide ban on hold in Sri Lanka, as source of deadly kidney disease remains elusive

By Sasha Chavkin

After Sri Lanka's announced ban on a Monsanto herbicide, opponents challenged the action and convinced the president to put the ban on hold.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Monsanto":

"… anka’s government has placed on hold its decision to ban the top-selling Monsanto herbicide glyphosate based on the weed killer’s alleged role in a deadly …"

"… kidney disease that has killed tens of thousands of agricultural workers. Monsanto, other agrochemical producers and Sri Lankan officials, including Registra …"

"… uncement, Sri Lanka’ government-sponsored Pesticide Technical Committee, Monsanto and agrochemical industry groups have objected — and the ban has been pl …"

"… or of these heavy metals to the kidney,” Jayasumana told ICIJ in March. Monsanto disputes the idea that glyphosate is uniquely suited to bond with heavy me …"

Sri Lanka bans Monsanto herbicide citing potential link to deadly kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

Sri Lanka orders ban on glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup, citing kidney disease outbreak; Monsanto said the evidence is unproven.

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"… the newest study is built upon untested theory rather than hard data. “Glyphosate acts as a carrier or a vector of these heavy metals to the kidney,” said …"

"… the health risks posed by Glyphosate when used in areas with heavy water. Glyphosate was originally patented as a chelating agent — a substance useful for it …"

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 "Harvard University":

"… potential link to kidney disease. Meanwhile, in India, new research from Harvard University and the state of Andhra Pradesh found local drinking water to be contamina …"

"… ra Pradesh in eastern India. Preliminary findings by a research team from Harvard University and the Andhra Pradesh state government showed that groundwater in affecte …"

"… in some pesticides, including in brands used in India. Dr. Ajay Singh of Harvard University, one of the study’s directors, said the findings warranted closer examin …"