I was able to read the full paper. It included both a review of published DBS work on RLS patients as well as a review of a number (22) of Parkinsons patients whose DBS was performed at the University of Colorado - Denver. The review found that in general, DBS reduced, but did not eliminate, the need for medication to control RLS. It also found an improvement in quality of life. The concept of placebo effect was discussed, but generally discounted since the purpose of the patients' DBS was for Parkinsons and that the RLS questionnaires that were completed were included in a large number of other forms that each patient had to complete.
For me personally, after reading the paper I think that it increases the chances that they (UC-Denver) will want the next stage of their research to be on an RLS patient who does not have Parkinsons. If that is the case, last I heard, I was the only current non-Parkinsons candidate. Now they just need to find grant funding for the surgery(s).
Augmentation Evaluation http://bb.rls.org/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=9005
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