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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts Institute of Technology":

"… n humans,” said Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a Senior Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Seneff published a study last week raising concerns about a variety of po …"

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 "Glyphosate":

"… l processes for its ability to form strong chemical bonds with metals. “Glyphosate acts as a carrier or a vector of these heavy metals to the kidney,” Jaya …"

"… ls,” said Monsanto’s Director of Corporate Affairs Thomas Helscher. “Glyphosate is actually a relatively poor chelator for heavy metals when compared to p …"

"… y metals, according to scientists and academic studies consulted by ICIJ. Glyphosate is a highly versatile chelator because its molecule includes three differe …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Glyphosate":

"… 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.