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31-03-2011, 23:51:08
Masturbation calms restless leg syndrome (http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20323)

Too much of it will make you go blind – or so you might have been told. But for some, masturbation might have a real clinical benefit: it can ease restless leg syndrome (RLS). The insight could provide sweet relief for the 7 to 10 per cent of people in the US and Europe who suffer from the condition.

RLS is a distressing neurologic disorder characterised by an urge to move the legs. It is usually associated with unpleasant sensations in the lower limbs such as tingling, aching and itching.

The exact causes of RSL have yet to be pinpointed, but brain autopsies and imaging studies suggest one contributing factor is an imbalance of dopamine – a hormonal messenger that, among other things, activates the areas of the brain responsible for pleasure. It is suspected that dopamine imbalance is responsible for some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

Drugs that increase dopamine have been shown to reduce symptoms of RLS when taken at bedtime and are considered the initial treatment of choice.

Although such drugs provided significant improvement of symptoms for a 41-year-old man with RLS, he found an even better treatment – complete relief after masturbation or sex.

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Luis Marin and colleagues at the Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil, who report on the novel treatment this month in Sleep Science, speculate that the release of orgasm-related dopamine might play a role in the alleviation of symptoms.

An orgasm provides one of the biggest natural blasts of dopamine available to us. When Gert Holstege at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and colleagues scanned the brains of ejaculating men, he said the resulting images resembled scans of heroin rushes.

This temporary increase in dopamine may act in a similar way to drugs that mimic the hormone, granting the man in question enough relief from his restless legs to allow him a full night's sleep.

While the proverbial five-knuckle shuffle has already been shown to protect men against prostate cancer and ease hay fever, researchers have yet to discover any detrimental side effects to the visual system.

Journal reference: Sleep Medicine, DOI: 10.1016/j.sleep.2011.01.001

It's medicinal! :bounce:

01-04-2011, 07:44:41

01-04-2011, 08:35:55
Great. Now on long flights the bathroom is going to be even more full than usual because the wankers will be in there "treating" their restless leg syndrome.

01-04-2011, 08:37:22
It has been a good week for some folks though. First doctors claim pot is good for you and now they tell us wanking really is "self healing". ;)

01-04-2011, 09:28:18
Go to google and type in Helvetica

Provost Harrison
01-04-2011, 10:35:30
I suffer from restless cock syndrome. Will shaking my leg help it?

01-04-2011, 10:56:27
I don't have restless leg syndrome.

Cheshire Cat
01-04-2011, 10:59:00
I always made a point to keep my dopamine in perfect balance

01-04-2011, 11:00:42
Those google jokes :lol: :beer:

Cheshire Cat
01-04-2011, 11:05:51
my brain didn't scan at first the enormity of this sentence:

at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, [they] scanned the brains of ejaculating men




01-04-2011, 11:06:13
Giant turtle emerges from Japanese power plant.

Cheshire Cat
01-04-2011, 11:08:46
Go to google and type in Helvetica



so what?

01-04-2011, 11:18:06
now turn off safesearch, and subscribe to Gmail Motion

it unlocks the special commands

01-04-2011, 14:38:05
10 stories that could be April Fools pranks but aren't (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12932108)

7. A baker has been flooded with complaints after calling his shop Nice Baps. John O'Toole, who runs the business in Henlow, Beds, said: "I tried to explain to them that I do small baps and big baps and they're nice and firm."