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LEG PAINS CRAMP YOUR STYLE? ILLNESS MAY BE TO BLAME

Dr. William Hale of Clearwater, Fla., who runs the Florida Geriatric Research Program, is trying to figure out what causes leg cramps at night.

In a study of 1,950 patients over 65, he found that women reported leg cramps more often than men."Six diseases were associated with the increased incidence of this annoying problem," he writes in the Health Letter for the Mature Adult. They are: arthritis, hiatal hernia, temporal arteritis, bronchitis, hemorrhoids and gall bladder disease.

Persons using quinine, aspirin and vitamin E were more likely to report leg cramps than subjects not using those drugs. Patients using potassium supplements reported less of a problem.