Why are thousands of sugar cane workers in Nicaragua are dying from chronic kidney disease each year? Sasha Chavkin, of The Center for Public Integrity, discusses what may be behind this mysterious epidemic.
A mysterious epidemic is devastating the Pacific coast of Central America, killing more than 24,000 people in El Salvador and Nicaragua since 2000 and striking thousands of others with chronic kidney disease at rates unseen virtually anywhere else. Full story
The End-Stage Renal Dialysis program has become a costly, badly supervised government entitlement fund that lines the pockets of providers as growing numbers of terminally ill Americans find themselves in treatment.Within four decades, the ESRD program has Full story
Making a Difference: Sixteen people with serious kidney failure have been matched with 16 living donors--some of them total strangers--who have chosen to share the gift of health. NBC's Tom Costello reports.
Sacorro Mendez-Flores, surrounded by her grandchildren, holds a family photo. The resident of Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, lost both her son and husband to chronic kidney disease.
**FILE**Noted authors, from left, Gay Talese, Susan Sontag, Norman Mailer, and Gore Vidal gather at a party following the Actors' Studio benefit production of George Bernard Shaw's "Don Juan In Hell" at Carnegie Hall, in this Feb. 15, 1993 file. Mailer, the macho prince of American letters who for d