Via the excellent blog Health Intelligence: Immediate action to address the epidemic of chronic kidney disease in Central America. Click through for the whole post with a graphic and many links. Excerpt:
An immediate and coordinated action and response —despite the causes of the epidemic are not entirely clear— from the public health and other related sectors to address the epidemic of chronic kidney disease that currently is sweeping across Central America, is the main call of the paper “The epidemic of chronic kidney disease in Central America” published in The Lancet Global Health on June 25th, 2014.
I'm proud to be co-author of this paper with Pedro Ordunez, Carla Saenz, Evelina Chapman, Ludovic Reveiz and Francisco Becerra, all from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
Chronic kidney disease not related to traditional causes (CKDnT) such as hypertension and diabetes, is affecting mainly young male agricultural workers, and also women and non-agricultural workers living in farming communities of Central American countries. El Salvador and Nicaragua shows the highest magnitude of mortality due CKDnT with a clear trend to increase according to the paper.
The data visualization below, which is also referenced in the publication, illustrates the situation and trends of mortality due to chronic kidney disease (N18 ICD-10) and renal failure (N17-N19 ICD-10) in countries of the Americas. It allows you to explore the age-standardized mortality rate per 100,000 populations breakdown by both causes of death, year and sex.