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Issue 48: April 2015 
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Information for Doctors

Sleep Services
The Wesley Hospital Sleep Disorder Centre
The Wesley Hospital
1800 119 446

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Sunshine Coast Sleep Disorders Centre
Nambour Selangor Private
(07) 5459 7444
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Thoracic Services
The Wesley Lung Function Laboratory
(07) 3870 0858
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The Wesley Pulmonary Hypertension Unit
(07) 3876 9033
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The Wesley Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit 'Breathwise'
(07) 3232 7048
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CPAP Equipment Sales & Rental Enquiries
(07) 3870 1120

Specialist Physicians

Dr Andrew Scott
Ph: (07) 3876 8405
Fax: (07) 3870 3212

Dr John Feenstra
Ph: (07) 3876 9033
Fax: (07) 3871 3222

Find out more about other members of the TSGQ team.

In Other News

Identification of neurons involved in REM sleep activation

Scientists have found that activation of cholinergic neurons, those that release the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, in two brain stem structures can induce REM sleep in an animal model. Better understanding of mechanisms that control different sleep states is essential to improve treatment of sleep disorders.

Link between cell damage and sleep deprivation found

A link between sleep loss and cell injury has been discovered by researchers. Results of a new study find sleep deprivation causes the damage to cells, especially in the liver, lung, and small intestine. Recovery sleep following deprivation heals the damage.

An early bed time may limit negative thoughts

Going to bed early could help individuals avoid repetitive negative thinking, according to a recent study. The researchers say their findings suggest that disruption to sleep may be associated with the development of repetitive negative thinking, and they believe individuals at risk of developing a disorder with such intrusive thoughts should focus on getting adequate sleep. 

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Dear Doctors,

Welcome to the latest edition of the TSGQ E-Newsletter!
In this months newsletter, you will find information on:

    Quality-adjusted life-years gain and health status after one year of CPAP therapy
    A longitudinal study recently published in the journal, SLEEP, evaluates health and quality of life improvements in OSA patients following 1 year of treatment with CPAP.

    Chronic sleep fragmentation induces hypothalamic endoplasmic reticulum stress, leading to Metabolic Syndrome
    Sleep fragmentation is highly prevalent and may constitute an important contributing factor to excessive weight gain and the metabolic syndrome. 

    Sleep apnoea and the risk of chronic kidney disease: A nationwide population-based cohort study
    Screening renal function and treatment of chronic kidney disease is an important issue in patients with sleep apnoea.

    Causes of childhood community-acquired pneumonia 
    Effective antiviral vaccines or treatments, particularly for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection, could have a mitigating effect on pneumonia in children.  

We hope you enjoy this edition and welcome your feedback. You can email the editor with any feedback or suggestions for both articles and news at - The Editor

Sleep Medicine News

Quality-Adjusted Life-Years Gain and Health Status After One Year of CPAP Therapy
The use of constant positive airway pressure for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea is a relatively inexpensive therapy that improves daytime sleepiness.  It’s associated with a decreased risk of heart attacks, strokes and motor vehicle accidents. A recent article in the journal, SLEEP, demonstrated that 1 year of CPAP therapy was effective in significantly reducing BP and excessive sleepiness associated with significant quality-adjusted life year gains.  
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Chronic sleep fragmentation induces hypothalamic endoplasmic reticulum stress, leading to Metabolic Syndrome
Increased endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and activation of the unfolded protein response (UPR) attenuates leptin receptor signalling in the hypothalamus which leads to obesity and metabolic dysfunction. Sleep fragmentation (SF) induces hyperphagic behaviors and reduced leptin signalling in the hypothalamus that are mediated by activation of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, and ultimately lead to increased protein-tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP1B) activity. ER stress pathways are therefore potentially implicated in SF-induced weight gain and metabolic dysfunction, and may represent a viable therapeutic target.

Sleep Apnoea and the Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a global health problem that has placed a substantial burden on healthcare resources. A recent study has shown that patients with sleep apnoea experienced a 1.94-fold increase in the incidence of CKD, independent of sex, age, and comid medical conditions, with an additional 2.2-fold increase in the of end-stage renal disease. Screening renal function and treatment of chronic kidney disease is an important issue in patients with sleep apnoea.

Thoracic Medicine News

Causes of childhood community-acquired pneumonia 
An Etiology of Pneumonia in the Community (EPIC) study was performed to investigate the specific causes and prevalence of childhood community-acquired pneumonia. More than a dozen bacterial and viral pathogens were found in children of all ages, 21 percent of whom require intensive care. Respiratory syncytial virus was found the most frequently, and was more common in children under age 5 than in older children, as was adenovirus and human metapneumovirus. In children between age 5 and 18, the most common pathogen was the bacteria Mycoplasma pneumonia, which was detected more frequently than in younger children. The results place emphasis on the need to develop better diagnostic tests  to accurately target treatment and avoid antibiotic overuse, and speed recovery.
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Thoracic & Sleep Group News


1st Prize: 

Dr Joy Loxton
Bywater Medical Springfield


2nd Prize:

Dr Daniel Toft 
Stellar Medical Springfield

ABC Radio Interview - 'Sleep Disorders' with Kelly Higgins-Devine & TSGQ
TSGQ registered nurse and polysomnographic technician, Travis Bell, joined 612 ABC radio presenter Kelly Higgins-Devine to discuss sleep disorders earlier this year in February 2015. 

How does a sleep disorder impact on your life, and what do you do for the condition?
Afternoons with Kelly Higgins-Devine
Sleep Disorders
02 February 2015, 3:57 PM by 612 Afternoon show
Travis Bell from the Wesley Sleep Disorders Clinic, Thoracic & Sleep Group
Rosemary Stone.  Sleep psychologist
Joe Soda. President of Sleep Disorders QLD explains sleep apnoea. 
Jack Wilcox also form Sleep Disorders QLD explains the cause and treatment Restless Legs

Home Based Sleep Studies

The Wesley Hospital Sleep Disorders Centre offers uninsured patients a Home Based Sleep Study that is bulk billed!
Please contact our office to have a referral pad sent out or download a referral here.

Phone:   (07) 3870 1120
Fax:       (07) 3870 0233

The Wesley Lung Function Laboratory

Please contact our office to have a referral pad sent out or download a referral here.


Phone:   (07) 3870 0858
Fax:       (07) 3870 2608

Bulk Billed Lung Function Tests:

  • Spirometry
  • Complicated lung function test (CO transfer and lung volumes)
  • Bronchial provocation testing (Mannitol)
  • 6 minute walk testing
  • Allergen skin testing
  • High altitude simulation testing
  • Fraction Expired NO (FeNO)

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