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Issue 44: September 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

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In Other News

 
Reduced sleep duration and obesity in teenagers and young adults

                       
A recent study examined the association between short sleep duration and obesity in teenagers transitioning into adulthood. Self-reported sleep duration measures and height and weight information was gathered during home visits in over 10,000 American teenagers and young adults between 1995 and 2001. Almost one fifth of the study sample reported getting less than six hours of sleep per night and this group was 20% more likely to be obese by the age of 21, compared to their peers who slept for eight hours or more per night.

Sleep drunkennes disorder may affect one in seven

A study is shining new light on a sleep disorder called "sleep drunkenness". The disorder may be as prevalent as affecting  one in every seven people. Sleep drunkenness disorder involves confusion or inappropriate behaviour, such as  answering the phone instead of turning off the alarm, during or following arousal from sleep, either during the first part of the night or in the morning. An episode, often triggered by a forced awakening, may even cause violent behaviour during sleep or amnesia of the episode.

Why do older people sleep less?

As we get older there is a strong relationship between reduced amount and quality of sleep. The prevalence of insomnia is also higher among older adults. Resent research has found a specific cluster of neurons called the ventrolateral preoptic nucleus, that have linked insomnia and increased sleep fragmentation. The reduction of these neurons can be from normal aging but has also been seen in Alzheimer's Disease.

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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:

    The cost of diagnosing and treating Moderate to Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnoea A recent Finnish study looked collectively at the increasing prevalence of sleep disturbances in ageing working adults in relation to sickness absence.
     
    The effect of Sleep Disordered Breathing on Stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attack Patient Outcomes
    Sleep disordered breathing has been associated with 2-3 times higher risk of incident stroke in several large prospective studies.
     
    Sleep myths, What are the facts?
    While good sleep is a cornerstone of good health, misunderstandings about sleep, and lack thereof, are common. Which sleep myths do you ignore?
     
    MicroRNA mimicry blocks Pulmonary Fibrosis 
    Yale University researchers are studying a potential new treatment that reverses the effects of pulmonary fibrosis, a respiratory disease in which scars develop in the lungs and severely hamper breathing.

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

The cost of diagnosing and treating Moderate to Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnoea 
A recent Finnish study looked collectively at the increasing prevalence of sleep disturbances in ageing working adults in relation to sickness absence. Excessive daytime sleepiness was shown to contribute towards sickness absence and reduced work productivity, more pronounced in combination with sleep apnoea. Results from this research suggests preventing sleep disturbances have prospective savings as ensuing sickness absence is reduced. 
The effect of Sleep Disordered Breathing on Stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attack Patient Outcomes
Sleep disordered breathing has been associated with 2-3 times higher risk of incident stroke in several large prospective studies.  In a review published in October’s Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, the authors sought to systematically assess the literature on how SDB affects the probabilities of recurrence and death among patients diagnosed with stroke or TIA.
Sleep myths, What are the facts?
ABC Health & Wellbeing publishes an online web segment focusing on a range of health myths. Recently an interesting article highlighted five common sleep myths. While good sleep is a cornerstone of good health, misunderstandings about sleep, and lack thereof, are common. Which sleep myths do you ignore?
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Thoracic Medicine News

MicroRNA mimicry blocks Pulmonary Fibrosis 
A potential new treatment that reverses the effects of pulmonary fibrosis, a respiratory disease in which scars develop in the lungs and severely hamper breathing, is being studied by Yale University researchers in collaboration  with miRagen Therapeutics. The treatment uses a microRNA mimic, miR-29, which is delivered to lung tissue intravenously. In mouse models, miR-29 not only blocked pulmonary fibrosis, it reversed fibrosis after several days.
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Ebola virus disease: Frequently asked questions
 
Follow the link below for facts and information regarding Ebola virus 
Ebola virus structure
disease. Formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, Ebola virus disease (EVD), is a severe illness in humans with a case fatality rate of up to 90%. Ebola first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks, one village near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the other in a remote area of Sudan.
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Thoracic & Sleep Group News

Night Duty Nursing Conference Brisbane
 
The Night Duty Nursing Conference Brisbane was held 9-10th October, providing discussion on a range of topics including Sleep Science, Palliative Care, Pain Management in Cancer Patients, Incontinence, Patient Deterioration, Medicines to Treat Sleep Problems. 

TSGQ resident sleep scientist Tina Schurmann was invited to speak at the conference on a number of sleep related topics which are relevant to nurses who work night shift.

Nurses who work at night are exposed to different environmental conditions than those on day shifts. This includes reduced or delayed availability of professional resources (including staff); increased risk; untoward clinical problems, and patients who are sleeping rather than engaging in daytime schedules. It is essential that nurses who work night shift have access to continuing professional development that addresses these specific needs.
 
Topics Tina discussed included:

Working the Night Shift – WHY?
Nurses who work at night generally develop strong, supportive relationships with co-workers, but tend to experience a disconnection with staff from other shifts and the facility in which they work. Their role is highly critical yet not always well understood. 
  • Why work the night shift?
  • What are some of the professional issues for night nursing?
  • Latest research findings about shift work and nursing practice
 
‘To Sleep, Perchance to Dream’
Generally, our bodies are programmed to refresh during a good sleep at night and to be alert during the day. Night duty requires the opposite. In addition, sleep disorders are generally under-recognised, but there is increasing research about the importance of sleep not only to our physical health but also our mental wellbeing.
  • Less sleep – more life: is it inevitable that reduced hours of sleep reduce productivity?
  • Sleep science: can you train yourself to cope well with less sleep?
  • What do night nurses need to understand about circadian rhythm and shift work?
  • What about the patients?
  • Restless legs syndrome; obstructive sleep apnoea; snoring and high blood pressure
  • ‘I just can't get to sleep!’- insomnia and strategies for improving the quality of sleep
 


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 APPOINTMENTS
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LUNG FUNCTION TESTS BULK BILLED

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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