In an effort to learn why kidney stones are on the rise, researchers analyzed more than 60,000 medical records of patients with the ailment. They found that people are more likely to develop the painful stones if temperatures rise above 10°C, io9 reports. When the weather heats up, people can become dehydrated, raising the chances of a stone forming. The researchers, who report their findings online this month in Environmental Health Perspectives, expect that the surge in kidney stones will continue as climate change creates extreme temperatures.
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