Sri Lanka bans Monsanto herbicide citing potential link to deadly kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

Sri Lanka orders ban on glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup, citing kidney disease outbreak; Monsanto said the evidence is unproven.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chronic kidney disease":

"… glyphosate in areas with heavy metals in the drinking water is causing the chronic kidney disease. Roundup is the top selling herbicide in the world, and Monsanto said the …"

Money, research target mystery kidney disease in Americas

By Sasha Chavkin

Escalating a search for the cause of a mysterious kidney disease, health ministers from the Americas target money and research to CKD.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chronic kidney disease":

"… al Consortium of Investigative Journalists has examined how a rare type of chronic kidney disease is afflicting agricultural workers along Central America’s Pac …"

"… nd for PAHO, which in 2011 rejected a proposal by El Salvador to recognize chronic kidney disease in agricultural workers as a distinct new form of illness and designate it …"

"… disease, and contended that agrochemicals are the primary culprit. Today, chronic kidney disease is the leading cause of hospital deaths in El Salvador, the PAHO resolutio …"

"… aid. “The science advanced together with political advocacy. People with chronic kidney disease of non-traditional causes are people who are not recognized, who are exclu …"

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 "chronic kidney disease":

"… al Consortium of Investigative Journalists has examined how a rare type of chronic kidney disease, CKD, is afflicting agricultural workers along Central America’s Pa …"

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 "Massachusetts":

"… n humans,” said Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a Senior Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Seneff published a study last week raising concer …"

In Sri Lanka, new steps target mysterious kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

In Sri Lanka, the president vows controls on chemicals potentially linked to chronic kidney disease, as hospitals take steps for patients.

Excerpts from this story referencing "epidemic":

"… rtilizers amid growing concern the chemicals are helping fuel a mysterious epidemic of chronic kidney disease devastating its north central region.In Septembe …"

"… ists in each region are struggling to identify the cause of these parallel epidemics, which have led to tens of thousands of deaths worldwide and are suspecte …"

"… a said, referring in oblique terms to the politically controversial kidney epidemic. “Therefore, regulations will be formulated to require suppliers and dis …"

"… yake said, some individuals and groups have emerged seeking to exploit the epidemic. To prevent problems, Dassanayake said his hospital only accepts kidney do …"

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 "diabetes":

"… a. They come from farming communities and are mostly poor. Few suffer from diabetes or hypertension. The climate is sweltering, toxic pesticides are used libe …"

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 "diabetes":

"… a. Its victims are mostly male agricultural workers who do not suffer from diabetes or hypertension, the usual causes of the illness. The government and WHO c …"

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 "Uddanam":

"… dy can accept a kidney donation that offers his only chance of survival.In Uddanam, India, a reed-thin farmer named Laxmi Narayna prepares for the grueling t …"

"… ommunity is called “The Island of the Widows.” In the Indian region of Uddanam, a reverse trend has taken hold: Couples decline to marry at all.In Sri La …"

"… ed to know,” he said. “What happened to me?”In India, the Trouble in UddanamLaxmi Narayna’s village, Gonaputtuga, is part of a verdant rural belt alo …"

"… tuga, is part of a verdant rural belt along India’s eastern coast called Uddanam. Spanning less than 100 miles, this stretch of villages near the northern …"

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 "chronic kidney disease":

"… for Public Integrity published an investigation about this deadly mystery, chronic kidney disease. In the United States, chronic kidney disease is a manageable illness tha …"

"… about this deadly mystery, chronic kidney disease. In the United States, chronic kidney disease is a manageable illness that mostly affects older people with diabetes and …"

"… l risk factors, and as young as their 20s — are dying of a new strain of chronic kidney disease that has baffled scientists for more than a decade. The disease has so dec …"

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 "Ronnie Greene":

"… involving the deadly disease. Center for Public Integrity Senior Writer Ronnie Greene contributed to this report. …"

Methodology

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Enrique Perez-Flores":

"… proach, we applied the same formula to the newer data.Two WHO doctors, Dr. Enrique Perez-Flores and Dr. Mario Melendez Montano, helped shape our analysis of these data. B …"

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 "chronic kidney disease":

"… ues such as access to quality care for all Americans, including those with chronic kidney disease,” the statement said.Not all members of the committee are raising big bu …"

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 "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention":

"… ew yet into a mysterious kidney disease striking Central America, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is organizing three studies exploring the causes of an ailment afflicting …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Central America":

"… ueling labor in the fields. …"

"… ic kidney disease (CKD) is killing thousands of agricultural workers along Central America’s Pacific Coast, as well as in Sri Lanka and India. Scientists have yet …"

"… the controversy emerged, the World Bank has approved a new loan to another Central American sugar plantation within the affected region. In its environmental and soc …"

"… sures are most likely to be playing a role.” The declaration adopted by Central America’s Council of Health Ministers in April sounded a similar note. The agree …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "chronic kidney disease":

"… ands of sugarcane workers die while authorities stallIn most of the world, chronic kidney disease — CKD — is a manageable illness that primarily affects the elderly. Bu …"

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 "Costa Rica":

"… second leading cause of death for men. In the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, the regional hospital had to start a home dialysis program because it was …"

"… ticides and pesticides.” Another study of kidney patients from northern Costa Rica — again from a sweltering, low-lying region near the Pacific Coast — d …"

"… ng men, between the ages of 20 and 40 years,” wrote Dr. Manuel Cerdas of Costa Rica in the journal Kidney International. “The most interesting feature of th …"