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 "Monsanto":

"… y, including leading products such as glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, and 2-4,D, produced by Dow Chemicals. The proposed law would …"

"… paper. “We would be giving a very severe blow to all of agriculture.” Monsanto confirmed it sells glyphosate in El Salvador and across Latin America …"

"… ding to label directions there is no concern of harm to the kidneys," said Monsanto spokeswoman Erika Campuzano. "This herbicide has been thoroughly reviewed …"

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, 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 "kidney failure":

"… s the “rice bowl,” in the 1990s. Physicians began noticing clusters of kidney failure in which four or five members of a single household had the disease. Rezvi …"

"… he said, the exposure levels described were “not enough to cause chronic kidney failure.”The results also offered no explanation of how the heavy metals entered …"

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 "Boston University":

"… think that it’s preventable,” said Daniel Brooks, an epidemiologist at Boston University who is leading a study in Nicaragua of the new form of CKD. “I’m very …"

"… s ombudsman — leading to an agreement that the company fund the ongoing Boston University study.The BU team has pinpointed evidence suggesting that heat stress and …"

"… s — suggesting a pre-existing exposure as well.Brooks, the leader of the Boston University team, hypothesizes that a toxic exposure may render the population vulnera …"

"… are beginning to study each other’s work independently. Scientists from Boston University, the Central American NGO SALTRA, and Sri Lanka have shared notes, and man …"

Methodology

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "kidney failure":

"… s from the International Classifications of Disease (ICD-10) that indicate kidney failure. This is partly because the lack of a distinct category for the epidemic r …"

"… ted data in only a single category that indicated overall deaths caused by kidney failure. To track changes over time and maintain a consistent approach, we applied …"

"… D in the region. Perez-Flores agreed that changes in male deaths from kidney failure over time were a reasonable method for tracking the epidemic’s course in …"

"… ca in 2009, the most recent year available, 87 percent of male deaths from kidney failure fell within the signature diagnoses of the epidemic, “Chronic Kidney Dis …"

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 "kidney failure":

"… insurance for up to 30 months. Currently, when a patient is diagnosed with kidney failure, they are automatically enrolled in Medicare, regardless of age. “It is …"

Flawed state reporting leaves consumers vulnerable

By Max Levy, Dustin Volz and Joe Yerardi

A data analysis of salmonella reports in all 50 states reveals inconsistent reporting requirements among state health departments

Excerpts from this story referencing "kidney failure":

"… must be notified immediately about cases of E. coli O157, which can cause kidney failure and death from eating contaminated foods, including raw milk, meats and ve …"