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Issue 02: March 2016 
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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 Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit 'Breathwise'
(07) 3232 7048
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CPAP Equipment Sales & Rental Enquiries
(07) 3870 1120

Specialist Physician

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

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In Other News

Asthma: Half of children diagnosed with respiratory disease may not have it, study suggests

More than half of the children being treated for asthma might not actually have the condition, new research suggests. A study, published in the British Journal of General Practice, found 53 per cent of children had no clinical signs of asthma despite being diagnosed at one of four medical centres in the Netherlands, whose healthcare system is widely regarded as one of the best in Europe.

Good night's sleep and exercise cut stroke risk: researchers

Getting a good night's sleep and exercising several times a week can significantly cut the risk of stroke, research suggests. Experts found that sleeping for seven to eight hours a night and taking 30 to 60 minutes of exercise three to six times a week produced the maximum benefits for preventing a stroke

How the brain wakes you up

Scientists from Bern have discovered a mechanism which is responsible for the rapid arousal from sleep and anaesthesia in the brain. The results of their study suggest new strategies for the medical treatment of sleep disorders and recovery of consciousness in vegetative states.
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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:

    How much sleep is normal: Optimize your health with 7 hours of sleep or more each night
    Perhaps the number one question asked of the sleep medicine community is: “How much sleep do I really need?” The answer has always been complicated and dependent on which aspects of human health and physiology are considered.

    Hungry for Sleep: A role for endocannibinoids?
    In the latest issue of SLEEP, Hanlon and colleagues provide insights into the possible involvement of food reward mechanisms to underlie increased (unhealthy) food intake following sleep restriction.

    Cerebral haemodynamics is altered in patients with sleep apnoea/hypopnea syndrome
    According to recent epidemiologic studies, patients with sleep apnoea/hypopnea syndrome (SAHS) are at increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, including stroke. 

    Nitric Oxide and the paranasal sinuses: NO testing is an essential accompniment to spirometry
    The levels of NO in the nose and upper airway can easily be measured noninvasively by simply aspirating air from the nostril or by a nasal exhalation.

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

How much sleep is normal?
In 2013, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, in partnership with the Sleep Research Society and other organizations, established a five year cooperative agreement with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention called the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project (NHSAP)NHSAP  focused on four sleep health goals as delineated in Healthy People 2020, one of which is to increase the proportion of adults who get sufficient sleep from a baseline of 69.6% to 70.8%.

Hungry for sleep: A role for Endocannabinoids?
Inadequate sleep, both in quality and quantity, has been associated with increased body weight and risk of obesity. Many epidemiological studies have established this link convincingly, however, such studies cannot determine causality or the direction of effect between sleep and weight. On the one hand, increased body mass index increases the risk for obstructive sleep apnoea, and thus disturbed sleep. On the other hand, experimental sleep restriction influences processes involved in energy balance and body weight regulation.

Cerebral haemodynamics is altered in patients with sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome
A recent study by R. Coloma Navarro and team has assessed whether patients with sleep apnoea have impaired haemodynamics when compared to contols, and to investigate a possible relationship with clinical data. The study found that daytime cerebral haemodynamics is abnormal in patients affected by sleep apnoea. Specifically, a reduction in mean blood flow velocity was seen compared to controls. Lower MFV has been related to cognitive impairment and to the severity of nocturnal hypoxia in SAHS. 
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Thoracic Medicine News

Nitric Oxide and the paranasal sinuses: NO testing is an essential accompaniment to spirometry
The discovery within the paranasal sinuses for the production of nitric oxide (NO) has altered the traditional explanations of sinus physiology. The role of NO in the sinuses is likely to enhance local host defence mechanisms via direct inhibition of pathogen growth and stimulation of mucociliary activity. . Sensitive electrochemical analysers, such as FeNO, measure exhaled NO levels. It has been shown that nasal NO is altered in several airway disorders including allergic rhinitis and sinusitis.

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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