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Share The News Of Willis-Ekbom Disease Awareness Day 2013
Published on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 (5:19 p.m.)FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
SHARE THE NEWS OF WILLIS-EKBOM DISEASE AWARENESS DAY 2013
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 - Willis-Ekbom Disease (WED) Awareness Day will be celebrated on Monday, September 23, 2013 to educate the public about Willis-Ekbom disease (also known as restless legs syndrome-RLS) – a common neurological disorder that affects the lives of millions. This week is an encouragement to continue to educate ourselves and work together as we take steps towards developing better treatments and a cure for WED/RLS.
“WED Awareness Week 2013 was designed not only to honor the many accomplishments we have made so far but also to recognize that we still have a long way to go. There are still so many people with WED/RLS who don’t have access to the resources or information they need to be educated about their disease. In addition, we need for research and treatment options to help people lead healthy and productive lives,” explained, Flora Woratschek leader of the local Desert Walkers WED/RLS Support Group.
Willis-Ekbom disease is a disruptive neurologic disorder characterized by an irresistible urge to move and by uncomfortable sensations in the legs or other limbs. The symptoms typically occur in the evening and worsen with rest. Thus for many, WED/RLS severely disrupts sleep. Lack of awareness of this common disorder has caused many to suffer for years from misdiagnosis or a lack of diagnosis.
On WED Awareness Day and throughout the year, the nonprofit WED Foundation educates patients and healthcare providers and works to improve the future by funding research to find a cure. Locally, the Desert Walkers WED/RLS Support Group
increases awareness, holds educational meetings, and provides support to many people and families living with WED/RLS. To learn more, visit the WED Foundation's website at www.willis-ekbom.org. Flora Woratschek may be contacted at Flora@rlsgroups.org.