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Restless Legs Syndrome is More Common Than Thought

A new study suggests that 23 percent of people suffer from the restless legs syndrome (RLS), which exceeds the known rates of between 3 and 10 percent.

RLS causes uncomfortable sensations in the legs during rest, resulting in an uncontrollable urge to move your legs for relief. The cause is unknown, but investigators suspect an imbalance in dopamine, a chemical in the brain that regulates movement. Treatment includes drugs that increase dopamine activity.

The new study, presented this week in San Diego, California, suggests that blacks do not suffer four times more than African Americans SPI. And two out of five Caucasian women have RLS, which is four times the incidence of RLS in African American women and the highest incidence in all groups.

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