The NHLBI National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR) (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/about/ncsdr/index.htm) has announced the publication of "Restless Legs Syndrome: Detection and Management in Primary Care".
The brief but comprehensive report is designed to assist physicians in the primary care setting to assess and manage this underdiagnosed sleep disorder, which affects up to 15 percent of Americans. People who have this disorder suffer an almost irresistible urge to move the legs, usually due to disagreeable leg sensations that are worse during inactivity and often interfere with sleep. Few are aware, however, that the condition is treatable.
This new report can be obtained from the web site listed below (PDF file format):
A separate NCSDR publication, "Facts About Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)", provides general information on RLS symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments for patients. It can be obtained from the web site listed below:
Copies of these publications can also be ordered through the NHLBI Online Catalog (http://emall.nhlbihin.net) or from the NHLBI Information Center (301-592-8573).
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