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 "Medicare":

"… say, those staffing levels may be artificially inflated. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency responsible for overseeing …"

"… ident population during the year. Similar cost reports made to the federal Medicare program were analyzed by the Center; those reports showed daily staffing l …"

"… s about once each year to determine whether its nursing homes meet minimum Medicare and Medicaid quality and performance standards. Opinion is divided about t …"

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 …"

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 "epidemic":

"… mysterious disease. Following years in which researchers battling parallel epidemics in Central America, Sri Lanka and India failed to compare results, Sri La …"

"… , said she also hopes to ban pesticides that are potentially linked to the epidemic. Yet other researchers questioned the weight of evidence pointing to pest …"

"… p is virtually nil” between glyphosate and the Sri Lankan kidney disease epidemic, Goldstein said. Dow Chemicals, which developed 2,4-D, did not respond to …"

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 "dehydration":

"… nd-stage renal disease in the United States, and is consistent with severe dehydration and toxic poisoning.Yet in other ways Uddanam is different. The research t …"

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 "World Bank":

"… e company’s pesticides and labor practices caused the disease. After the World Bank provided the Ingenio San Antonio with a $55 million loan in 2006, workers …"

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 "dehydration":

"… shown links between declining kidney function and repeated heat stress and dehydration — the result of strenuous labor in hot climates. The Costa Rican study w …"