July 14, 2008, 10:30PM
Got kidney stones? Blame global warming, study says
By ERIC BERGER
Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle
See what places the study thinks will feel more kidney stones on the SciGuy blog The next time you feel a sharp, cramping pain in your lower abdomen, spare a thought for your personal carbon footprint.
That's the message from Dallas scientists who predict that as the planet warms during the coming century, people will sweat more, not drink enough water to compensate, and therefore develop more kidney stones.
The prevalence of kidney stones may rise by 30 percent or more in some U.S. areas if global temperatures rise as forecast by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the scientists found.
"This is really the first direct human health impact of climate change that has been demonstrated," said the study's lead author, Tom Brikowski, a University of Texas at Dallas professor of geosciences.
The study, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has some caveats.