CDC launches industry-financed studies of deadly kidney disease in Central America

By Sasha Chavkin

The CDC launches industry-funded research into a kidney disease killing thousands of Central American agricultural workers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicine":

"… jective science,” said Dr. Cary Gross, a professor at the Yale School of Medicine and its Program for Biomedical Ethics. The “occupational illness” div …"

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 "dehydration":

"… r scientific evidence linking the malady to the effects of heat stress and dehydration. ------------------------- Don’t miss a single Center for Public Integ …"

"… , at least in Central America, stronger evidence points to heat stress and dehydration. One study found that sugarcane workers with more physically strenuous job …"

"… vest season. Emerging evidence also points toward a possible mechanism for dehydration causing kidney failure, related to the activity of an enzyme in the kidney …"

World Bank approves loan to sugar plantation amid concerns about kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

World Bank approved $15M loan to Nicaraguan sugar plantation, even as industry is ravaged by disease.

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 "Pesticide":

"… ome the leading cause of hospital deaths among adult men. The Debate over Pesticides Although the declaration reflected broad agreement to take action, the t …"

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 "pain":

"… are of the two terminally ill brothers. “The both of us were in a lot of pain and misery,” Prameela said.In 2007, Venkataramana and Rama Rao died less …"

In Sri Lanka, breakthroughs, setbacks and a spiritual touch

By Sasha Chavkin and Anna Barry-Jester

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "kidney failure":

"… s the “rice bowl,” in the 1990s. Physicians began noticing clusters of kidney failure in which four or five members of a single household had the disease. Rezvi …"

"… he said, the exposure levels described were “not enough to cause chronic kidney failure.”The results also offered no explanation of how the heavy metals entered …"

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 "dehydration":

"… idney damage, known as tubulo-interstitial disease, consistent with severe dehydration and toxic poisoning.Other common links offer clues to a possible cause. Th …"

"… study.The BU team has pinpointed evidence suggesting that heat stress and dehydration are key contributing factors. Workers who performed strenuous labor in the …"

"… at I would call the second hit, which would be the strenuous labor and the dehydration that may come from this difficult work,” he said.Researchers in El Salva …"

Support our new investigation into a deadly disease killing agricultural workers

By Ellen Weiss

Support our investigation of a disease that is killing workers around the world.

Excerpts from this story referencing "epidemic":

"… las Viudas — The Island of the Widows. That first story about the epidemic prompted the Costa Rican government to launch a study and a leading Costa …"

"… you to support this team to travel and report, for the first time, on the epidemic’s scope, and expose the risky working conditions and international negle …"

"… llery and video illustrating its human consequences. Each year this deadly epidemic is killing thousands of the world's poorest citizens — please help make …"

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 "pain":

"… e factors being tested include pesticide exposure, heat stress, overuse of pain medication, and consumption of home-brewed and potentially tainted alcohol …"

The weekly watchdog: Dec. 12 - Dec. 16

By Bill Buzenberg

In case you missed them, catch up on this week's top investigations from iWatch News

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 "U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… mean temperature in the fields was 96 degrees. Their report noted that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which oversees safety at U.S. workplaces, calls for 45 minutes of rest fo …"


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

Excerpts from this story referencing "epidemic":

"… lth Organization. Our goal was to obtain to a conservative estimate of the epidemic’s impact in the region, despite the lack of formal recognition or classi …"

"… ey failure. This is partly because the lack of a distinct category for the epidemic resulted in kidney disease deaths being classified in different ways. It i …"

"… hs from kidney failure over time were a reasonable method for tracking the epidemic’s course in the absence of official recognition for it.The data show tha …"

"… ecognition for it.The data show that this formula clearly reflects the CKD epidemic. Across Central America in 2009, the most recent year available, 87 percen …"