New drug combination could end agony of kidney stones by relaxing the body, allowing hard deposits to pass out smoothly

  • 1 in 10 Americans suffer kidney stones in their lifetime, which accounts for around 500,000 a year
  • Larger stones require surgery but most people are given painkillers and told to wait for the crystals to pass
  • Researchers at MIT have identified a two-drug muscle-relaxing combination that eliminated pain in pigs with kidney stones
  • If effective in human patients, it would be the first new treatment in 40 years 

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