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Issue 47: December 2014
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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

Webinar Invitation
Approach to a child with snoring - from primary care to specialist sleep clinic - Friday 23rd January

This webinar will be a clinical presentation in assessing a child who presents with snoring. Snoring is a very common presentation in childhood with some studies suggesting that up to 30% of children will snore at some point in their life. Within those that snore, there will be some who have obstructive sleep apnoea. 
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Sleep apnoea impairs exercise capacity

People with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnoea may have an intrinsic inability to burn high amounts of oxygen during strenuous aerobic exercise, according to a new study led by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. The study revealed that people with sleep apnoea had on average a 14 percent lower VO2 max than control subjects. 
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Decline in performance of daily tasks in older women with breathing problems during sleep

Older women with disordered breathing during sleep were found to be at greater risk of decline in the ability to perform daily activities, such as grocery shopping and meal preparation, according to a new study led by researchers at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of California, San Francisco.
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Sleep disturbance, pain, depression, disability: a vicious cycle in osteoarthritis
New research confirms that sleep disturbances are linked to pain and depression, but not disability, among patients with osteoarthritis (OA). Results from a new study found that poor sleep increases depression and disability, but does not worsen pain over time.

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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:

    Sleep apnoea may threaten fertility in men 
    A recent publication in the journal SLEEP highlights the expectation that OSA could result in the reduction of fertility in men.

    Link between insomnia and increased risk of motor vehicle accidents
    People with three symptoms of insomnia are 2.8 times more likely to die from a fatal injury, as revealed in a study which suggests insomnia is a major contributor to deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes and other unintentional fatal injuries.

    Synchronizing education to adolescent biology
    Chronotype is a characteristic of a person in a certain point of one's lifetime and it slowly changes with age. Adolescents start to go to bed later while schools impose early starting hours, which may become a problem for students who are unable to adapt their circadian rhythms.

    Lung regeneration mechanism discovered
    New research from Jackson Laboratory reports on the role of lung stem cells in regenerating lungs damaged by disease and points to potential therapeutic strategies that harness these lung stem cells.

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

Sleep apnoea may threaten fertility in men 
Given that OSA induces oxidative stress and that oxidative stress reduces male fertility, there is an expectation that OSA could result in the reduction of fertility in men. Systemic and organ-specific oxidative stress triggered by intermittent hypoxia is thought to play a key role in developing the mid- and long-term cardiovascular, metabolic, neurocognitive and neoplastic consequences of OSA. Oxidative stress, which is enhanced by smoking, alcohol abuse, toxin exposure, inflammatory processes, or several chronic diseases, reduces male fertility.
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Link between insomnia and increased risk of motor vehicle accidents
Insomnia is a major contributor to both unintentional fatal injuries in general as well as fatal motor vehicle injuries. It has been estimated that the prevalence of at least one insomnia symptom is as high as 33% in the general population. A recent study (Nord-Trøndelag Health Study), has linked health survey data with information on all the major insomnia symptoms among participants to the National Cause of Death Registry in Norway with a sufficiently long follow-up time for unintentional fatal injuries. It was found that the cumulative number of insomnia symptoms was strongly and positively associated with risk in a dose-dependent manner both for total unintentional fatal injuries and for fatal motor vehicle accidents.
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Synchronizing education to adolescent biology
The lack of sleep among adolescents is of growing concern and can be associated with a range of adverse health effects. A recent study has shown that teenage irritability isn't necessarily down to attitude, but rather insufficient sleep. The researchers postulated that early school start times may be the culprit for this lack of sleep. During puberty, shifts in our body clocks push optimal sleep later into the evening, making it extremely difficult for most teenagers to fall asleep before 11pm. 
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Thoracic Medicine News

Lung regeneration mechanism discovered
The concept of lung regeneration has been slow to take hold in the biomedical research community, in part because of the steady decline that is seen in patients with severe lung diseases such as COPD and pulmonary fibrosis. Recent research published in the journal Nature demonstrates that p63+/Krt5+ lung stem cells proliferate upon damage to the lung caused by H1N1 infection. Following such damage, the cells go on to contribute to developing alveoli near sites of lung inflammation. The research team showed that when individual lung stem cells are isolated and subsequently transplanted into a damaged lung, they readily contribute to the formation of new alveoli, underscoring their capacity for regeneration.

Thoracic & Sleep Group News

Achievements and Adieu
TSGQ congratulates our very own Marie-Louise Oegema on recently obtaining the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist™ (RPSGT) credential through the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT), an internationally recognized and accredited organization.  Marie-Louise is a Registered Nurse and Sleep Technologist working at our Wesley Clinic.
Earning the RPSGT credential is one way sleep technologists can differentiate themselves from other sleep techs and immediately establish an investment in the profession and the achievement of a certain level of core competency. The RPSGT is an internationally recognized credential representing the highest certification in the field for the health care professionals who clinically assess patients with sleep disorders.
Also broadening her professional career, we wish Tina Schurmann the best of luck as she plans to move and work overseas. Tina has been a valued Sleep Scientist and member of TSGQ for the past 4 years. Her role also included Marketing Manager, and as such many of you would have met and had conversations with Tina over the last few years on her educational visits to General Practices throughout the greater Brisbane area. Dedicated worker, intelligent, cheerful and fun, Tina will be dearly missed at Thoracic & Sleep Group. We wish her much success on her new career path and adventure.
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!
During this years festive season Thoracic & Sleep Group will be closing from 19th December 2014 until the 5th January 2015.
May this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright New Year. Here's wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Dr Andrew Scott  Dr John Feenstra
and all the staff at Thoracic & Sleep Group

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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