Category: Daniel Brooks

Creatinina: Mysterious kidney disease plagues Central America

June 11th, 2014 in 2014, CNN.com, Daniel Brooks, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Daniel Brooks, School of Public Health

Juan Salgado was 16 when he started cutting sugarcane, in a town near the Pacific coast of Nicaragua in 1966…

Expert quote:

“The people who are mainly affected are poor workers, typically in agricultural situations. There’s really not much availability of the treatment options.”

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Deadly Illness in Nicaragua Baffles Experts

May 9th, 2014 in 2014, Daniel Brooks, New York Times, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Daniel Brooks, School of Public Health

During the harvest season, when exhausted workers spend seven days a week cutting sugar cane, the signs of illness were hard to spot at first…

Expert quote:

“We don’t know if this is the tip of the iceberg yet. If this is heat stress and the climate is changing in the direction of getting hotter over time, are we seeing something that will happen much more in the future and maybe extend its geographic range?”

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The Riddle of What Is Killing Thousands of Central American Cane Workers

February 12th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, Daniel Brooks, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Scientific American 0 comments

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Daniel Brooks, School of Public Health

“Why the Silence Comandante Ortega?”

That paraphrasing of a headline from the great Spanish daily El Pais introduced a story in the paper on the difficulties that Nicaragua has  faced in coming to grips with the death and disability wrought by a still-unexplained kidney disease epidemic…

Expert quote:

“Pre-symptomatic diagnosis is actually not that difficult. A blood test for serum creatinine is a very good screening measure and a number of companies in the region employ it.”

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CDC launches industry-financed studies of deadly kidney disease in Central America

February 12th, 2014 in 2014, Daniel Brooks, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Daniel Brooks, School of Public Health

Launching its deepest review yet into a mysterious kidney disease striking Central America, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is organizing three studies exploring the causes of an ailment afflicting thousands of sugarcane workers…

Expert quote:

“The Boston University team believes that the CKD epidemic is caused by a combination of factors. Results to date suggest that one or more of these causes are occupational, and more research is needed to identify the specific factors.”

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What is killing sugar-cane workers across Central America?

October 14th, 2012 in 2012, Daniel Brooks, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, The Guardian 0 comments

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Daniel Brooks, School of Public Health

It is stage five they fear the most…

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As kidney disease kills thousands across continents, scientists scramble for answers

September 17th, 2012 in 2012, Daniel Brooks, Huffington Post, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Daniel Brooks, School of Public Health

In this tiny Sri Lankan village, rice farmer Wimal Rajaratna sits cross-legged on a wooden bed, peering out toward lush palm trees that surround his home…

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Deadly Kidney Disease Epidemic Ravages Central America

February 14th, 2012 in 2012, Daniel Brooks, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Daniel Brooks, School of Public Health

Scientists are baffled by a mysterious epidemic that’s sweeping the Pacific coast of Central America, killing and sickening tens of thousands of people…

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Mystery disease kills thousands in Central America

February 8th, 2012 in 2012, Associated Press, Daniel Brooks, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Daniel Brooks, School of Public Health

Jesus Ignacio Flores started working when he was 16, laboring long hours on construction sites and in the fields of his country’s biggest sugar plantation…

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