Focus on Restless Leg Syndrome

 
 
  • Neurontin Prescriptions Surge Amid Opioid Crisis Prescriptions for nerve pain medicines like Neurontin and Lyrica have more than tripled in recent years, driven by increased use among chronically ill older adults and patients already taking opioids, a U.S. study suggests.
  • Restless Legs Syndrome Linked to Higher CV Death in Women This is further evidence that RLS can have major clinical implications and needs to be taken seriously, the authors of a new study say.
  • Morning Report: 'Young' CRC, Restless Legs, & e-Cigs   Dr Arefa Cassoobhoy highlights some of this week's most important medical news, including the rise in young adult colorectal cancer, new practice guidelines for restless leg syndrome, and recent warnings about e-cigarettes.
  • First AAN Guideline on Restless Legs Syndrome Prescribing medication is the first-line recommendation for treating RLS symptoms, according to the new practice guideline. But individualized care is even more important, add AAN's committee members.
  • Chronic Sleep Problems Inked to Disability Later in Life In adults of all ages, chronic sleep problems were linked with a greater risk of trouble with activities of daily living later in life, in a recent study.
  • 'Striking' Link Between Sleep Disturbances and Stroke Sleep apnea, insomnia, and restless legs syndrome may 'represent both a risk factor and a consequence of stroke,' a new literature review shows.
  • Sleepwalking: The Science, Cures, and Consequences Dr Michael Howell discusses his research into sleepwalking, from its earliest descriptions to the newest research linking it to such conditions as restless legs syndrome.
  • MDSPlacebo Exerts Strong Effects in Restless Legs Trials Placebo strongly influences efficacy and adverse effects in intervention trials for restless legs syndrome, a systematic review and meta-analysis shows. Longer trials had more placebo effect.
  • MDSContinuous L-Dopa Enteric Infusion Relieves RLS Symptoms Continuous enteric infusion of levodopa markedly relieved symptoms of restless legs syndrome and improved quality of life in a patient with contraindications to alternative drugs, a case report shows.
  • MDSNonmotor Parkinson's Symptoms Commonly Unreported Several barriers cause patients with Parkinson's often to underreport nonmotor symptoms, which affect almost all patients, a study showed. Quality of life may be diminished, when it could be improved.
  • Pregabalin Linked to Major Birth Defects Exposure to pregabalin, an antiepileptic also prescribed for pain and psychiatric disorders, during pregnancy is linked to a 3-fold increased risk for major birth defects, a new study suggests.
  • Getting to the Source of Your Patients' Insomnia The DSM-5 has simplified the diagnosis of insomnia, but for practitioners seeking to treat it, the best path forward remains a multidimensional one.
  • ANARestless Legs, Silent Cerebrovascular Disease Linked Nocturnal dips in blood pressure are theorized as a possible mechanism for the association of restless legs syndrome with silent cerebrovascular disease.
  • MDSDeep-Brain Stimulation Relieves Restless Legs Syndrome Deep-brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus to treat Parkinson's disease also relieved symptoms of restless leg syndrome. The effect persisted at 2-year follow-up, a study shows.
  • EANThreshold for Quick Diagnosis of Sleep Issues in PD Researchers have determined a cutoff score on the PDSS at which patients with Parkinson's disease should be referred to a sleep specialist.
  • SLEEPSevere Restless Legs Syndrome Linked to Increased Stroke New research highlights the importance of considering RLS severity when gauging associated stroke risk, researchers say.
  • ADAMild Compression Socks Safe, Effective for Diabetic Limb Edema A low-cost, simple intervention of mild compression stockings may improve prognosis for patients with diabetes and lower limb edema, a new randomized controlled trial indicates.
  • Magnesium Deficiency: The Real Emperor of All Maladies?   Occult magnesium deficiency may be responsible for innumerable ailments, but plasma and serum levels are unreliable measures. Dr Lundberg offers his advice for addressing this important problem.
  • New AASM Quality Measures for Common Sleep Disorders As healthcare providers become increasingly pressured to provide quality care, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has developed quality measures for the five most common sleep disorders.
  • What Is Restless Genital Syndrome? A look at the diagnosis and treatment of this recently described disorder.