A handy tool has been developed for public use with the efforts of researchers at the Mayo Clinic. It provides help to determine if you’ll have a recurring problem with kidney stones. The online calculator uses a number of factors about the lifestyle and health history of a person to analyze if they are at risk for the issue again after once experiencing. The supposed product is named the ROKS (Recurrence Of Kidney Stone) model. While it was initially developed in 2014, its functionalities have since been enhanced. The formerly ROKS was just capable of determining the likelihood a second stone occurring after an initial episode. Now, the tool can predict the odds of the stones becoming a critical problem for a person.
The research uses information with more than 3,000 first-time kidney sufferers who have been treated at the Mayo Clinic. Some of those patients suffered ongoing instances of kidney stones, with one person ongoing the agonizing experience eight times. Researchers discovered from those cases that risk factors for recurring issues primarily plague people who are younger, male and of a heavier weight or pregnant. For the time being, the calculator’s predictive power is a bit limited. It scored a 0.681 on the C-index, which determines a model’s accuracy. A score of 0.5 is essentially the same as chase and 1.0 means perfect predictive skills. 0.7 is considered to be a good model, so ROKS falls just short. Still, it’s better than nothing. The tool is available online or can be downloaded as an app for iOS and Android.