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Issue 24: December 2012
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Sleep Services
The Wesley Hospital Sleep Disorder Centre
The Wesley Hospital
1800 119 446

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John Flynn Sleep Centre
John Flynn Private Hospital
1800 215 914
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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

Control of OSA leads to less AF

A reecent study has confirmed the link between controlling OSA and fewer recurrances of AF. read more

Better lung tumor treatments identified

A new technique that delivers higher levels of radiation to tumours, while sparing healthy tissue in lung cancer patients, has been identified in a new study. read more

New laws cut smoking hospitalisations

Laws that ban smoking outside result in significantly fewer hospitalizations for heart attacks, strokes, asthma and other respiratory conditions read more

The flu may cause type 1 diabetes

The flu may be a cause of type 1 diabetes. This means that we may have a new pathway for preventing this disease (diabetes). read more



Previous Articles

Dear Doctors,

Welcome to the final edition of the TSGQ newsletter for 2012 and a merry Christmas to you and your staff, and all the best for 2013.

Anyone preparing holiday festivities knows that all that hustle and bustle can put a damper on a good night's sleep.

Tired driversAs a family doctor you no doubt will provide sound advice on how best to minimise this disruption to sleep – including recommending avoiding excessive alcohol intake, regular exercise routines, avoiding caffeine especially after lunch, and planning your holidays ahead of time.

Driver fatigue is one of the four biggest dangers on the road (the others being speed, drinking and not waering a seatbelt), especially at this time of year when so many people are out and about. For this reason it especially important to make sure your patients sleeping habits and fatigue managment are well cared for. To this end the American Associated of Sleep Medicine has launched a new program targeting driver fatigue.

Other items in this edition:

    • A cure for jetlag?
      New technology is changing how we cope with changes in sleep cycles
    • What exactly can we learn in sleep?
      Where does the border lay between active and passive learning.
    • Diazepam Suppresses Central Sleep Apnoea in Rats
      New infromation in the already conflcted debate of Diazepam and sleep apnoea.
    • Rapid risk assessment of obstructive sleep apnoea in the primary care setting
      Rapid diagnosis, particularly in the absence of key co-morbities such as diabetes, hypertension, endocrine disorders, cardiovascular disease and mental illness.
    • Stress-related Insomnia. How effective are herbal remedies?
      As Christmas creeps ever nearer, there is no doubt that some of us will suffer the consequences of this potentially stressful time of the year. And as stress increases, for some, sleep decreases.
    • What effects does smoking have on the mind?
      Smokers tend to be at a greater risk of cognitive decline compared with nonsmokers according to researchers from Kings College London.

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

A cure for jetlag?
Almost anyone who has travelled lengthy distances via aircraft has experienced jet lag. Medically referred to as desynchonosis, this condition is classified as a circadian rhythm sleep disorder. Researchers have developed a device that artificially resets the body’s circadian rhythm using light exposure. read more

What exactly can we learn in sleep?
Sleep has been known to strengthen previously acquired memories, but efforts to teach novel things to people whilst asleep have so far not been possible. Delay conditioning, learning that does not require awareness, has been observed in sleeping rats’ infants, and during drug-induced or slow-wave sleep (SWS) in humans. read more

Diazepam Suppresses Central Sleep Apnoea in Rats
In view of conflicting reports effects exerted by benzodiazepines, it remains controversial as to whether benzodiazepines could (or should) be prescribed to sleep apnoea patients. The matter is further complicated by the fact that distinction should be made between central and obstructive sleep apnoea as well as between short and long-acting benzodiazepines. read more

Rapid risk assessment of obstructive sleep apnoea in the primary care setting
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) has many long-term health and occupational health implications.  How then does the primary practitioner promptly identify patients with OSA, particularly in the absence of key co-morbities such as diabetes, hypertension, endocrine disorders, cardiovascular disease and mental illness? read more

Stress-related Insomnia. How effective are herbal remedies?
As Christmas creeps ever nearer, there is no doubt that some of us will suffer the consequences of this potentially stressful time of the year. And as stress increases, for some, sleep decreases. But how effective are complimentary treatments, karva and valerian? read more


Thoracic Medicine News

What effects does smoking have on the mind?
A nationally representative sample of nearly 9000 participants were analysed fir the prospective associations of Framingham stroke risk score (FSR) and cardiovascular disease risk scores (FCVDR), blood pressure (BP), cholesterol levels, smoking and BMI in relation to cognitive function read more


Thoracic & Sleep Group News

We are pleased to welcome a new technician to our clinic at The Sunshine Coast Sleep Disorders Centre at Nambour-Selangor Private hospital: Stephanie! She will make a wonderfull additon to our team here and we look forward to working with her in the future.

New AASM tired driver awareness program launched
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine have come out with a great reminder about the role fatigue and tiredness has on drivers. They have launced a new program that attempts to raise awareness about the consequences of fatigue and give practical advice on dealing with fatigue when driving. You can see their video here and also visit the program page here.


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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