Analysis shows widespread discrepancies in staffing levels reported by nursing homes

By Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Analysis shows staffing levels lower than what's reported on public website.

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal government":

"… d data. The self-reported staffing levels are also a crucial metric in the federal government’s broader quality rating of nursing homes on the Compare website, from o …"

"… w York advocacy group the Long Term Care Community Coalition. “The federal government and the state are there so that people are supposed to be able to make cho …"

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 "Catharina Wesseling":

"… think that by banning pesticides you will solve the epidemic,” said Dr. Catharina Wesseling of the Program on Work, Environment and Health in Central America (SALTRA) …"

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 "chronic kidney disease":

"… two years, the Center for Public Integrity has examined how a rare type of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is killing thousands of agricultural workers along Central America …"

"… esearch of the disease, created a multidisciplinary internal task force on chronic kidney disease in Central America, and pledged to help fund a national survey by El Salva …"

"… ide, including in countless areas not affected by this distinctive form of chronic kidney disease. The El Salvador sample of CKD patients from Ciudad Romero — the commun …"

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 "dialysis":

"… cines to relieve the disease’s symptoms, but the family could not afford dialysis. Prameela said the cost of the treatment her husband did receive was more …"

"… A statewide health insurance program for the poor now covers the costs of dialysis. State-of-the-art dialysis centers have been established in several cities …"

"… ce program for the poor now covers the costs of dialysis. State-of-the-art dialysis centers have been established in several cities through a public-private i …"

"… irector of medical education.But almost all of the area’s nephrology and dialysis services are in Vizag. The costs of travel and of medicines that are not 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 "illness":

"… He had chronic kidney disease, advanced into its late stages.Rajaratna’s illness is part of an epidemic sweeping northern Sri Lanka. The disease affects th …"

"… ches its advanced, deadly stages.Unlike Sri Lanka and Central America, the illness affects men and women roughly equally, according to separate findings by r …"

"… Brook University. The gender equality and geographic concentration of the illness have focused concentration on potential contamination, particularly in the …"

"… ar companies, demanding that the ailment be compensated as an occupational illness.The Ingenio San Antonio sugar plantation is the epicenter of the fight. Th …"

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, …"