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 "Uddanam":

"… imbing coconut palms to tap into the trunks for wine. The region’s name, Uddanam, comes from a word in Sanskrit that means “Beautiful Garden” or “Par …"

"… rom a word in Sanskrit that means “Beautiful Garden” or “Paradise.”Uddanam’s rich terrain seems an unlikely place for the mysterious strain of illn …"

"… te of chronic kidney deaths among the community’s husbands, residents of Uddanam say they now have trouble getting married at all.“Other people, they don …"

"… Varaka. “They are not giving any bride or bridegroom to this area, this Uddanam area.”Uddanam’s victims have much in common with those of the unexplai …"

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 "disease":

"… neys are failing, and no one knows why.A mysterious form of chronic kidney disease — CKD — is afflicting thousands of people in rural, agricultural commu …"

"… er from diabetes and high blood pressure, the usual risk factors for renal disease. They experience a rare form of kidney damage, known as tubulo-interstitia …"

"… They experience a rare form of kidney damage, known as tubulo-interstitial disease, consistent with severe dehydration and toxic poisoning.Other common links …"

"… e used heavily, and communities drink local groundwater. In each case, the disease began surging in the 1990s.Despite a decade of research in each affected r …"