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Health Expert Dr. Donnica Moore and UCB, Inc. Launch Choose Your Move: Take Control of RLS to Empower People Living with Restless Legs Syndrome to Take Action
Date:12/5/2012

ATLANTA, Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Health expert and patient advocate Dr. Donnica Moore and global biopharmaceutical company UCB, Inc. are launching Choose Your Move: Take Control of RLS to shed light on the real impact of Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) and empower those living with the disease to work with their doctor to find a treatment approach that's right for them.

"Unfortunately, many people do not fully understand what it's like to live with the disease," says Dr. Moore. "RLS can have a significant impact on a person's life any time they are trying to rest and can even impact sleep."

RLS symptoms can be unpredictable and lead to exhaustion and daytime fatigue.i RLS, also known as Willis-Ekbom disease, may also affect work and personal relationships.ii People with RLS may experience uncomfortable sensations in their legs, feet, arms, torso or head and feel an irresistible need to move when they are trying to sit still or sleep to relieve these feelings. iii RLS is a recognized and often treatable neurological condition that affects up to an estimated 23 million Americans.iv

Public Misperception vs. the Real Experience of RLS
Despite the impact of RLS that has been reported by people with the condition, a new national survey of 1,000 Americans revealed that much of the public does not understand RLS or the reality of living with the disease. "A lack of understanding about the disease can lead to undiagnosed patients and may discourage those with RLS from discussing it with their doctor or family and friends," notes Dr. Moore.    

Findings from the general public survey show that:v

  • More than half of respondents (52%) didn't believe or didn't know whether RLS is even
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