Global Warming

Add kidney stones to the long list of things caused by “global warming.”

Via CBS News:

The hotter it gets, the more people seek treatment for kidney stones, according to a new study that also predicts climate change may make this painful condition even more prevalent in the future.

The study, published Thursday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, found a relationship between the number of hot days in a year and the risk of kidney stones in patients of several U.S. cities. As daily temperatures rose above 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius), the risk of kidney stones increased in some residents of Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Philadelphia, but not in Los Angeles, which was also included in the study.

“We found that as daily temperatures rise, there is a rapid increase in the probability of patients presenting over the next 20 days with kidney stones,” study author Dr. Gregory E. Tasian, a pediatric urologist and epidemiologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, said in a statement.

“These findings point to potential public health effects associated with global climate change,” Tasian said.