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 "Central America":

"… chronic kidney disease, CKD, is afflicting agricultural workers along Central America’s Pacific Coast, and in Sri Lanka and India. A recent study estimated th …"

"… ent study estimated that the ailment has killed more than 20,000 people in Central America alone, but scientists have yet to definitively uncover the cause of the pa …"

"… e encountered in United States. Silica has not emerged as a suspect in the Central American or Sri Lankan epidemics, but a recent study linked occupational exposure …"

"… cientists who have been studying the disease longest say that, at least in Central America, stronger evidence points to heat stress and dehydration. One study found …"

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 "kidney failure":

"… hat remains latent until its advanced stages. More than 16,000 men died of kidney failure in Central America from 2005 to 2009, with annual deaths increasing more t …"

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 "Coordinator":

"… piecemeal is not the solution for the problem,” said Dr. Shanthi Mendis, Coordinator and Senior Adviser of the WHO non-communicable disease program and th …"

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 "Central America":

"… sands of people in rural, agricultural communities in Sri Lanka, India and Central America. The struggle to identify its causes is baffling researchers across multip …"

"… l reaches tens of thousands.More than 16,000 men died of kidney failure in Central America from 2005 to 2009, with annual deaths increasing more than threefold since …"

"… ling, the regional director for the Program on Work and Health (SALTRA) in Central America, which pioneered the initial studies of the region’s unsolved outbreak. …"

"… its exist, with different causes in each region?From Sri Lanka to India to Central America, all the victims know is that something in their lush, hauntingly beautifu …"

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 "food":

"… e up,” he said, “And it’ll happen again.” …"

"… before health officials can identify their causes and recall contaminated foods.Since 2006, salmonella outbreaks from products such as eggs, cantaloupe a …"

"… outbreaks associated with “industrial contamination events,” where the food is infected in the supply chain before reaching grocery stores and restaur …"

"… li O157, which can cause kidney failure and death from eating contaminated foods, including raw milk, meats and vegetables. Seven states allow a week, the …"