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Issue 38: March 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
lung@tsgq.com.au
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The Wesley Pulmonary Hypertension Unit
(07) 3876 9033
reception@jfeenstra.com.au
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The Wesley Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit 'Breathwise'
(07) 3232 7048
twh.physio@uchealth.com.au
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CPAP Equipment Sales & Rental Enquiries
(07) 3870 1120
cpap@tsgq.com.au

Specialist Physicians


Dr Andrew Scott
Ph: (07) 3876 8405
Fax: (07) 3870 3212
scott.reception@wesley.com.au



Dr John Feenstra
Ph: (07) 3876 9033
Fax: (07) 3871 3222
reception@jfeenstra.com.au

Find out more about other members of the TSGQ team.

In Other News

E-Cigarette Studies Show ‘Thirdhand’ Exposure to Nicotine. 

Scientists from Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) have conducted two recent studies to evaluate the nicotine content and thirdhand nicotine exposure from electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). Maciej Goniewicz, PhD, PharmD, of the Department of Health Behavior at RPCI is presenting the findings of both studies at the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, which continues through Saturday, Feb. 8 in Seattle, Wash. read more

Star Trek favourite announces he has COPD

Leonard Nimoy best known for his role as Dr Spock in Star Trek, announced on Twitter he has developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Smoking is a major cause of COPD with most adults with being long-time cigarette smokers. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease which involves the lung’s airways, air sacs, or both. read more

New Approach to Drug Delivery for Chronic Pain Conditions

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have developed a novel approach to drug delivery, using electrically stimulated implants that manage drug release. The team of researchers, led by Dr Xinyan Tracy Cui have developed ultra-thin sheets of graphene oxide that are implanted and stimulated via electrical current. read more

Sleep Helps ‘Detox’ Your Brain

For years, the true purpose behind sleep has remained a mystery for philosophers and scientists worldwide. Besides the obvious benefits of sleep, such as less daytime fatigue and an improved ability to store memories, the disadvantages to sleeping purely from a survival point of view seemed to outbalance the positive aspects. After all, sleeping takes up about a third of our lives. So what can sleep have to offer besides basic biological services? read more



 

Dear Doctors,

Welcome to the latest edition of the TSGQ E-Newsletter! This month, you will find information on:

    • Association between neurocognitive deterioration in physiologically hyper aroused primary insomnia patients
      A growing body of literature has demonstrated a correlation between primary insomnia (PI) and aberrations in the regulation of arousal. 
    • Genetic risk of depressive symptoms is influenced by sleep duration
      There is a strong connection between sleep and depression. Major depressive disorders have insomnia and hypersomnia as defining symptoms.
    • Hypnotherapy: A poorly understood therapy for affective disorders
      Depression is an ongoing and important mental condition to recognise, affecting about one in 14 young Australians (aged 18-24) and about one in 10 having an affective disorder. 
    • An update of just how good exercise is for your sleep!
      The benefits of getting a good night sleep can never be underestimated for a person’s memory consolidation, health and longevity. It is well established that physical activity has an essential role in preventative medicine when considering chronic conditions. 
    • Woman and Sleep Apnea
      Women with obstructive sleep apnea may present different symptoms then in males.
    • ERS/ATS guidelines on the management of severe asthma
      Severe or therapy-resistant asthma is increasingly recognised as a major unmet need. 

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 editor@tsgq.com.au. - The Editor

Sleep Medicine News

Association between neurocognitive deterioration in physiologically hyper aroused primary insomnia patients
A growing body of literature has demonstrated a correlation between primary insomnia (PI) and aberrations in the regulation of arousal.  Higher metabolic rates across a 24 hour period,1 reduced heart rate variability,2 and higher 24 hour cortisol serum levels3 in individuals with PI, when compared to their non-insomnia counterparts, illustrates this dysfunction.4 read more

Genetic risk of depressive symptoms is influenced by sleep duration
There is a strong connection between sleep and depression. Major depressive disorders have insomnia and hypersomnia as defining symptoms. Disturbance to sleep are a risk factor for the onset of depression, its recurrence, and severity. A recent study by Watson et al at the University of Washington Medicine Sleep Centre, Seattle, USA, has found genetic contributions to depressive symptoms increase at both short and long sleep durations read more


Hypnotherapy: A poorly understood therapy for affective disorders
Depression is an ongoing and important mental condition to recognise, affecting about one in 14 young Australians (aged 18-24) and about one in 10 having an affective disorder. With this population having the highest rate of mental health disorders, it is troublesome to find that the majority of sufferers do not seek help for their condition. An estimated 65% of people with a mental health condition do not seek treatment. read more

An update of just how good exercise is for your sleep! 
The benefits of getting a good night sleep can never be underestimated for a person’s memory consolidation, health and longevity. It is well established that physical activity has an essential role in preventative medicine when considering chronic conditions.  read more

Woman and Sleep Apnea
Women with obstructive sleep apnea may present different symptoms then in males. Women generally report more subtle symptoms such as; fatigue, insomnia, morning headaches, mood disturbances or other symptoms that may suggest other conditions than potentially obstructive sleep apnea OSA in conjunction with one of the below conditions. read more


Thoracic Medicine News

ERS/ATS guidelines on the management of severe asthma
Severe or therapy-resistant asthma is increasingly recognised as a major unmet need. A Task Force, supported by the European Respiratory Society and American Thoracic Society, reviewed the definition and provided recommendations and guidelines on the evaluation and treatment of severe asthma in children and adults. These guidelines are not intended to impose a standard of care. They provide the basis for rational decisions in the management of severe asthma. read more


Thoracic & Sleep Group News

TSGQ would like to welcome our newest staff member Cheryl Scott. Cheryl has relocated to Brisbane and joins us at Thoracic and Sleep Group Queensland as our new Deputy Sleep Manager. At the University of Adelaide she completed a Bachelor of Science in 2001 and later became a board certified Registered Polysomnographic Technologist in 2004. Cheryl has broad experience having worked in sleep science over the last 12 years in Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney. In Sydney her role was Sleep Unit Manager where she helped commission a new Sleep Investigation Unit in south west Sydney, NSW, at Liverpool Hospital. Her experience in sleep medicine involves conducting overnight polysomnography, CPAP/NIV titration, MSLT/MWT, facilitating CPAP/NIV therapy in patients, scoring and reporting of sleep studies.
 


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
Email:     admin@tsgq.com.au

The Wesley Lung Function Laboratory


SAME DAY APPOINTMENT,
SAME DAY REPORTING

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

GUARANTEED SAME DAY REPORTING!

Phone:   (07) 3870 0858
Fax:       (07) 3870 2608
Email:    lung@tsgq.com.au

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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