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Issue 39: April 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

Baby's life saved after 3D printed devices were implanted to restore his breathing

Biorestorable splints used for the first tiime ever, successfully improved breathing so baby can go home for the first time. read more

ABC RADIO NEWS: SLEEP AND HOW TO ACHIEVE IT

Last Sunday morning, live on 612 ABC Brisbane radio, our TSGQ senior sleep scientist and manager Jade Pittard joined presenter Katrina Davidson alongside Julie Davenport from Calm Baby Solutions to discuss 'sleep and how to achieve it' with the general public. read more

A step closer to stop antibiotic resistance

The system that allows the sharing of genetic material between bacteria – and therefore the spread of antibiotic resistance – has been uncovered by a team of scientists from UCL and Birkbeck, University of London. The study, published today in Nature, reveals the mechanism of bacterial type IV secretion, which bacteria use to move substances across their cell wall. read more

Dreaming and Memory

Sleep is characterised in to two types; non rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement (REM).  While in REM sleep your body’s muscles are paralysed apart from your eye movements side to side. This is believed to occur to stop us from acting out our dreams. During REM sleep your nerve cells in your brain fire erratically. It is believed that dreaming occurs because your brain is trying to make sense of these signals. read more

Dear Doctors,

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

    • Long-Term Success of OSA Therapies
      Of the two most common treatments for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), the gold standard treatment is CPAP therapy.  
     
    • An introduction to vascular dementia
      In developed societies, dementia is prevalent in approximately 5-10% of people over the age of 65 and increases to about 50% by the age of 85.
     
    • The difference between Home Based Sleep Studies (HBSS) and In-Lab Studies
      There are 3 different levels of sleep studies; for in-lab and home based sleep studies. 
      A Level 1 diagnostic polysomnography is considered the gold standard in sleep testing. 
     
    • Sleep deprivation and aging induce pancreatic unfolded protein response: metabolic implications
      Inadequate sleep has previously been recognised as an important risk factor for insulin resistance and diabetes, and studies on decrease in average sleep duration in United States is concurrent with the rise in these conditions.
     
    • New research links body clocks to chronic lung diseases
      The body clock’s natural rhythm could be utilized to improve current therapies to delay the onset of chronic lung diseases.

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

Long-Term Success of OSA Therapies

Of the two most common treatments for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), the gold standard treatment is CPAP therapy. A second line treatment is oral appliance therapy, of which mandibular advancement splints (MAS) are the most popular.  In a recent cohort study published in the journal, SLEEP, Doff and colleagues have evaluated the 2 year objective and subjective outcomes of OSA patients treated with CPAP therapy and oral appliances.1 read more

An introduction to vascular dementia
In developed societies, dementia is prevalent in approximately 5-10% of people over the age of 65 and increases to about 50% by the age of 85. With Australia’s aging population on the rise, this poses a real health and economic concern for Australia. This is best evidenced by the more than 2-fold increase in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease related deaths in Australia over the last decade2. read more

The difference between Home Based Sleep Studies (HBSS) and In-Lab Studies
There are 3 different levels of sleep studies; for in-lab and home based sleep studies. 
A Level 1 diagnostic polysomnography is considered the gold standard in sleep testing. The overnight polysomnogram (PSG) is used to help determine the cause of excessive daytime sleepiness and to screen for sleep disorders such as sleep apnoea, narcolepsy or movement related sleep disorders. This sleep test involves spending a night in a private bedroom in our sleep laboratory. A sleep technician will monitor brain waves (EEG), heart rhythm (EKG), breathing patterns, oxygen levels and limb movements. There will also be a video recording. read more

Sleep deprivation and aging induce pancreatic unfolded protein response: metabolic implications
Inadequate sleep has previously been recognised as an important risk factor for insulin resistance and diabetes, and studies on decrease in average sleep duration in United States is concurrent with the rise in these conditions. Large studies have also revealed an association between chronic sleep loss and obesity, which potentially promote insulin resistance and diabetes as secondary effects.  read more


Thoracic Medicine News

New research links body clocks to chronic lung diseases
The body clock’s natural rhythm could be utilized to improve current therapies to delay the onset of chronic lung diseases. Scientists at The University of Manchester have discovered a rhythmic defence pathway in the lung controlled by our body clocks, which is essential to combat daily exposure to toxins and pollutants. read more


Thoracic & Sleep Group News

Up-coming Brisbane Conferences: TSGQ Participation
TSGQ Sleep Scientists will be participating in a number of up-coming conferences to provide information about sleep and respiratory related topics and our services. If you are attending any of the following forums and have particular topics of interest you would like to explore please come and say hello, our scientific staff would be very happy to discuss these with you in more detail.

57th Clinical Update Weekend: City GP, Country GP
The RACGP is celebrating general practice in Queensland by holding the 57th Clinical Update Weekend: City GP, Country GP in Brisbane on 03-04 May 2014.  The program embraces a variety of issues GPs face every day in their practice, including women’s and men’s health, ophthalmology, dermatology, musculoskeletal health, GP research and more.
http://www.gmsbml.org.au/images/files/EventClinicalUpdateWeekend.pdf



Metro North Health Forum patients at the centre of care
Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) and Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local are pioneering innovative approaches that put the patient at the centre of healthcare. Jointly hosted by MNHHS and Medicare Local, this forum will showcase these new approaches at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Tuesday 20 May 2014. Topics include improving access to health care through better coordination of services between the primary healthcare sector and acute care services and understanding the new health and community care landscape in North Brisbane and Moreton Bay Regional Council.
http://www.mnbml.com.au/page/Home/healthforum2014/



 


Home Based Sleep Studies

The Wesley Hospital Sleep Disorders Centre offers uninsured patients a Home Based Sleep Study that is bulk billed!
We are happy to announce recently increasing our capacity for performing these Level 2 Diagnostic Studies, conducted from our Wesley Hospital clinic. This allows less waiting time for patient bookings, urgent reporting within 24hrs and routine reports within 3-10days.
TSGQ also offers free of charge parking validation for patients travelling by car to the Wesley Hospital for HBSS afternoon set-ups and morning pack-downs, making this diagnostic procedure a no out of pocket expense for your patients. For further information please go to our website www.thoracicandsleep.com.au, or for comparative information on HBSS and In-lab Diagnostic Sleep Studies please follow the link from this month’s Sleep Medicine News article "What is the difference between Home Base Sleep Studies (HBSS) and In-lab studies"
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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