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BU Finds Eye Dehydration and Medication as Factors in Chronic Kidney Disease in Nicaragua

In their search for clues about the causes of an epidemic of chronic kidney disease in Nicaragua, a team of researchers led by Boston University School of Public Health has gathered the insights of area physicians and pharmacists, who cite heat stress, insufficient water intake, and medical treatment that may further damage the kidneys. In a study published in the journal BMC Public Health, the research team interviewed 10 physicians and nine pharmacists in northwest Nicaragua, where chronic kidney disease (CKD) has claimed the lives of a disproportionate number of agricultural workers, most of them young adult men. School of Public Health researchers have been working in northwestern Nicaragua since 2009 as part of a mediation process that includes the management of a major sugar producer in northwestern Nicaragua and a group of about 2,000 former sugarcane workers and community members who are affected by CKD.