June 23, 2013

Not Just an Annoyance

1 Restless Leg Syndrome Ups Male Death Rates

Restless Leg Syndrome, which produces leg spasms when the subject is tired, could dramatically increase the risk of premature death among otherwise healthy middle-aged males. Harvard School of Public Health researchers followed more than 18,000 over-60 men for eight years, and found that those with RLS were 40 percent more likely to die early on than those without it. When other serious chronic health problems such as cancer, hypertension and heart disease were factored out, the risk of early death for RLS sufferers was 92 percent greater than for the unafflicted. Considerations such as weight, diet and exercise also proved to be non-factors. Neither the cause of RLS nor why it might effect one's mortality are yet known, but an estimated 10 percent of the population has it.

More at Freep.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Parkinson Drug for Restless Leg Syndrome

Tags: Causes of Insomnia, Restless Leg Syndrome, RLS, Sleep Disorders, RLS and Premature Death, Causes of Early Death

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An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

2 Breathalyzer Wristwatch Tips off the Tipsy

Tokyoflash, a Japanese timepiece maker, is introducing a wristwatch that tells you when it's time to call a cab, or a friend, or to otherwise get someone else to drive you home from the drinking establishment you're at. Along with the date and time, the company’s Kisai Intoxicated watch provides an tiny opening for the wearer to blow into and an alcohol sensor that triggers one of three small lights: green for sober, yellow for blood alcohol levels up to .06 percent, and red for anything higher, meaning too drunk to drive. The company cautions against relying on the watch's accuracy, however, and specifically disclaims any "lability for consequences arising from its use." Of course, there’s an alternative test for inebriation: when you can't read the numbers on your current watch.

More at News.com.au | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Excessive Alcohol Greater Impact on Women's Health

Tags: Alcohol, Alcoholism, Drunk Driving, Drinking and Driving, Smart Watches, Breathalyzer Watch

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