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 "illness":

"… anam’s rich terrain seems an unlikely place for the mysterious strain of illness tormenting the area. For more than a decade, a rash of chronic kidney dise …"

"… we found out that they had kidney condition, when we went to Vizag.”The illness left the two brothers feverish and nauseous, and eventually too sick to wo …"

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 "illness":

"… He had chronic kidney disease, advanced into its late stages.Rajaratna’s illness is part of an epidemic sweeping northern Sri Lanka. The disease affects th …"

"… ches its advanced, deadly stages.Unlike Sri Lanka and Central America, the illness affects men and women roughly equally, according to separate findings by r …"

"… Brook University. The gender equality and geographic concentration of the illness have focused concentration on potential contamination, particularly in the …"

"… ar companies, demanding that the ailment be compensated as an occupational illness.The Ingenio San Antonio sugar plantation is the epicenter of the fight. Th …"

Costa Rica to study kidney disease afflicting sugarcane workers

By Sasha Chavkin

In Costa Rica, health officials and one company step up against a disease that's claimed thousands of lives in Central America

Excerpts from this story referencing "illness":

"… ons surrounding what regional health experts call an epidemic: whether the illness should be classified as an occupational disease. Many workers believe the …"

Thousands of sugar cane workers die as wealthy nations stall on solutions

By Sasha Chavkin and Ronnie Greene

Mysterious kidney disease has killed thousands of men in an isolated region of Central America, but why?

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Super Congress hauls in super donations as special interests try to influence budget cuts

By Aaron Mehta and Josh Israel

Gang of 12 tasked with cutting budget by $1.5 trillion hauls in big PAC donations

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… re raising big bucks around their committee membership. Sen. John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, promised last month that he would raise no money until the commi …"