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 "Catharina Wesseling":

"… familiar with the problem or skeptical whether it even exists,” said Dr. Catharina Wesseling, the regional director for the Program on Work and Health (SALTRA) in Cent …"

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 "Americas":

"… d Health Organization and United Nations to battle chronic diseases in the Americas. Even as those nations press for answers, and Costa Rica launches a study, …"

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 "chemicals":

"… labor outside. Earlier, the team identified a number of work practices and chemicals at the company that could potentially damage the kidneys. Brooks said more …"

"… communities, where people were already sick. Theories about the role toxic chemicals may play in causing the disease are difficult to test because scientists n …"

"… gesting that the epidemic had distinct causes related to exposure to toxic chemicals. Central American representatives said they felt so strongly they refused …"