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Health Tip: Understanding Periodic Limb Movement Syndrome

Posted 18 May 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Periodic limb movementsare repetitive movements that typically occur in the lower limbs every 20-40 seconds during sleep, the National Sleep Foundation says. The actions may resemble muscle twitches, jerking movements or upward flexing of the feet. Episodes of periodic limb movement syndrome (PLMS) can last from a few minutes to a few hours. While the cause is unknown, scientists think it it ...

Restless Legs Linked to Brain Changes

Posted 26 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 – Structural changes in the area of the brain that processes sensations may be linked with restless legs syndrome, a new study suggests. People with restless legs syndrome experience uncomfortable sensations in the legs and a need to move them. It often occurs in the evening and at night, and it can affect sleep. Exercise and iron supplements may reduce symptoms, the ...

New Genes Linked to Restless Legs Syndrome

Posted 18 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 – Scientists have pinpointed more gene mutations that may cause restless legs syndrome. A new study involving roughly 46,000 people with restless legs syndrome turned up 13 new gene variants that appear to raise the risk for the condition, which affects up to 10 percent of the U.S. and European populations. "We were able to identify a total of 19 risk-associated genetic ...

Frequent Blood Donations Safe for Some, But Not All

Posted 21 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 – Some people may safely donate blood as often as every eight weeks – but that may not be a healthy choice for all, a new study suggests. The study was done in the United Kingdom, where experts recommend that blood donors wait 12 to 16 weeks before giving again. That's in contrast to the United States, where blood donations are already allowed at eight-week intervals. ...

Living With Purpose May Help Seniors Sleep Soundly

Posted 10 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 – Seniors who believe they have a purpose in life may sleep better, researchers say. Those who have good reasons to get up every day are less apt to have problems that keep them awake at night, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome, according to a new study. People tend to have more trouble sleeping as they age, the researchers added. "Helping people cultivate a ...

Better Sleep Could Mean Better Sex for Older Women

Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 – A more satisfying sex life may be only a good night's sleep away for women over 50, new research finds. Researchers led by Dr. Juliana Kling of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., tracked data from nearly 94,000 women aged 50 to 79. The investigators found that 31 percent had insomnia, and a little more than half (56 percent) said they were somewhat or very satisfied ...

Study Finds Genetic Link Between Sleep Problems and Obesity

Posted 19 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 – There seems to be a genetic link between poor sleep and some medical conditions, including obesity, restless legs syndrome and schizophrenia, researchers report. "This clinical science is an important step forwards in understanding the biological basis for these conditions, so it's very exciting," said study co-author Dr. Martin Rutter. He is senior lecturer in ...

Health Tip: Do You Have Restless Legs Syndrome?

Posted 4 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a nervous system disorder that's characterized by an itchy twitching of the legs during rest that's relieved by moving them. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says typical symptoms include: Feeling a crawling, tingling, burning, aching, pulling or itching sensation in the legs. Having the urge to move worsens when you are still. Walking and other ...

Health Tip: What's Behind Muscle Cramps?

Posted 28 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Nothing can end a workout faster than muscle cramps. But have you ever wondered what causes them? The Mayo Clinic mentions these common factors: Straining or overusing muscles. Being dehydrated. Keeping a muscle in the same position for a long time. Having poor blood supply to affected muscles. Having compressed nerves in the spine. Getting less-than-required amounts of dietary minerals, such ...

New Drug Shows Promise for Restless Legs Syndrome: Study

Posted 12 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2014 – For relieving symptoms of restless legs syndrome and slowing its progression, the drug pregabalin (Lyrica) outperformed the current standard medication in a head-to-head comparison, a new study found. Pramipexole (Mirapex), which is commonly used to treat this neurological disease, makes many people worse, said lead researcher Richard Allen, an associate professor of ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Mirapex (pramipexole): Drug Safety Communication - Ongoing Safety Review, Possible Risk of Heart Failure

Posted 19 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA notified healthcare profesionals about a possible increased risk of heart failure with Mirapex (pramipexole). Results of recent studies suggest a potential risk of heart failure that needs further review of available data. Because of the study limitations, FDA is not able to determine whether Mirapex increases the risk of heart failure. FDA is continuing to work with the manufacturer ...

GlaxoSmithKline and XenoPort Receive FDA Approval for Horizant

Posted 7 Apr 2011 by Drugs.com

LONDON & RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. & SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 6, 2011 - GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) and XenoPort, Inc. announced Wednesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Horizant (gabapentin enacarbil) Extended-Release Tablets for the treatment of moderate-to-severe primary Restless Legs Syndrome in adults. Horizant is not recommended for ...

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