HEADLINE: RESPECT FOR RESTLESS LEGS
ANCHOR LEAD: A GENETIC LINK FOR RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME IS IDENTIFIED, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Restless legs syndrome, a condition where people are seized by an uncontrollable urge to move their legs, has now been linked with certain genetic changes that may predispose to the development of the condition. Christopher Early, a restless legs expert at Johns Hopkins, says the finding is important.
EARLY: I think the implications are several. First would be that it gives restless legs syndrome more of a grounding in biology. For decades restless legs syndrome has been treated more as a psychological, psychiatric, and only lately more neurological disorder. I think the more we can define a disease or syndrome in terms of specific biology the more likely we are to find a particular cause or treatment. :29
Treatments for restless legs syndrome usually work for a while and then become ineffective. A genetic link may lead to the development of more specific, targeted therapies. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.