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.

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 …"

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 "researcher":

"… that they’re actually drinking the solution — said Jennifer Crowe, a researcher with SALTRA, a network of Central American scientists that has played a pi …"

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?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Central America":

"… y disease that is devastating his community along with scores of others in Central America, where it has decimated the ranks of sugarcane workers. The same illness k …"

"… through one of the world’s poorest populations, along a stretch of Central America’s Pacific Coast that spans six countries and nearly 700 miles. Its victi …"

"… Each year from 2005 to 2009, kidney failure killed more than 2,800 men in Central America, according to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists‘ …"

"… ly controlled with treatment. Doctors understand its causes and cures. In Central America, the disease’s origins are more of an enigma, and more frequently lethal …"


A note of the data and analysis for 'Island of the Widows'

Excerpts from this story referencing "chronic kidney disease":

"… of the epidemic’s death toll in the region. …"

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 "Max Baucus":

"… Reps. Chris Van Hollen ($1,000) and Jim Clyburn ($5,000), along with Sen. Max Baucus ($4,000). The last time the company had donated to either Van Hollen or Cl …"

"… p. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C. — $36,500Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. — $36,150Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont. — $29,000*Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas — $22,500Sen. Pat Toom …"