When a person is dealing with a problem such as RLS which is a life-long condition without a permanent cure, it is important that one keeps themselves aware of all the latest developments in this area.
- A group of scientists from US, Canada and Europe studied about 5000 RLS patients and 7280 patients without it. This study was published in PLoS Genetics in July 2011 and lists new Genetic risk factors for this disorder. The scientists have uncovered two new genetic mutations that play a role in RLS, although their exact connection is still uncertain.
- A Harvard University Study was published in the Journal of Hypertension in October 2011. In this study the researchers analyzed data from 65,500 female nurses with average age below 50 and the results reveal that middle aged women who experience RLS are 41% more likely to have hypertension than women without RLS symptoms.
- In a study by Dr.Mauro Manconi of Vita-Salute University in Milan, published in medical journal on Neurology in December 2010, it has been indicated that women who suffer RLS symptoms during their first pregnancy are more likely to suffer them in future pregnancies as well. Moreover women with RLS during pregnancy were four times more likely to get it later in life than those who didn’t have it.
- Dr.Arshad Jahangir, M.D., professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, conducted a study in 2010 on 584 patients with RLS. The patient’s leg twitches at night were measured and compared with their echocardiograms. The results indicated that patients with severest symptoms of RLS were more likely to suffer from heart ailments.
There is more and more research being done to see how certain disorders affect one another. One cannot take the risk of treating a problem in isolation and shall be aware of its wide ranging consequences.