Study: Global Warming May Cause Increased Kidney Stones

As global warming heats up temperatures around the United States, it will likely cause a painful sensation on some sensitive human areas, The Globe and Mail reported Tuesday.

Temperatures warming over the next 42 years will cause a 30 percent jump in nephrolithiasis, or kidney stones, especially in hotter regions of the country, said scientists at the University of Texas.

"This will come and get you in your home," said Dr. Tom Brikowski, lead researcher and an associate professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. "It will make life just uncomfortable enough that maybe people will slow down and think what they're doing to the climate."

And, as temperatures increase, so does the risk for dehydration in humans, which can form solid, painful plugs in the bladder and kidneys.

Experts are not completely sure of the connection between global warming and kidney stones, but they are not surprised. Climate changes have brought on other ailments such as malaria and the West Nile Virus.

The study will appear in an upcoming issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

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