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 "kidney failure":

"… a mineral used in pesticides that has been linked by previous studies to kidney failure. For more than two years, the International Consortium of Investigative J …"

"… g evidence also points toward a possible mechanism for dehydration causing kidney failure, related to the activity of an enzyme in the kidney. “I do not think th …"

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.

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"… 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 "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 "El Salvador":

"… nized in the Americas even though kidney disease has killed more people in El Salvador and Nicaragua than diabetes, HIV/AIDS and leukemia combined in the last fi …"

"… year from 2005 to 2009, according to an analysis of data from the WHO. In El Salvador, the kidney disease has become the second leading cause of death among adu …"

"… ydration that may come from this difficult work,” he said.Researchers in El Salvador have also uncovered intriguing clues. A study published in April found tha …"

"… osts mount, governments have begun to fund studies and treatment programs. El Salvador has launched an initiative called NefroLempa that targets chronic kidney d …"


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

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"… 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 "Health":

"… said Dr. Tim Jones, state epidemiologist for the Tennessee Department of Health. National outbreak surveillance depends on the collaboration of 2,800 stat …"

"… m a patient’s stool sample.On May 22, 2008, the New Mexico Department of Health performed high-tech testing on isolates from four salmonella victims and i …"

"… s of the hot pepper outbreak in the country. The Texas Department of State Health Services acknowledged the need to increase surveillance.“We sent out a l …"

"… Linda Gaul, the foodborne epidemiologist for the Texas Department of State Health Services.By simply asking, Texas received “twice as many isolates” for …"