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Issue 40: May 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

Evolution of whooping cough bacterium could reduce vaccine effectiveness

The bacterium that causes whooping cough, Bordetella pertussis, has changed - most likely in response to the vaccine used to prevent the disease - with a possible reduced effectiveness of the vaccine as a result, a new study shows
read more
 

Shift Work Disorder

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) has launched a new website providing a comprehensive resource for sufferers of Shift Work Disorder. Shift Work Disorder is a debilitating condition directly related to work schedule and a de-synchronisation in sleep patterns, affecting 10% of workers who are contracted to work night or rotating shifts
read more

Phone app to help you beat jet lag

Mathematicians have recently developed a free mobile app to solve the inherent mathematical problem of entrainment. The app asks users to select their destination, preferred sleep and wake times, and when they want to start adjusting 
read more
 

Sleep disorders and food

Eating a late night snack is something many people like to do before bedtime. What many people don't realise is how different foods can affect how well you sleep at night, and what foods help you feel refreshed and alert the next morning


Dear Doctors,

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

    • The link between obstructive sleep apnoea severity and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
      Screening patients with auto-immune thyroid diseases for OSA, may lead to both early diagnosis of OSA and prevent long-term metabolic consequences.
    • An updated review: Sleep disturbances and defence force members
      One third of DFM report sleep disturbances after service in Overseas Contingencies Operations, demonstrating the importance 
      for treatment options to be specific to DFM and employ regular sleep screening if individuals are at high risk of further negative mental health implications.   
    • REM Behaviour Disorder may be a warning sign for Parkinson Disease
      A recent publication in Sleep gives the first desription of REM sleep behavioural events that shows frequent occurrence in patients with de novo Parkinson Disease. 
    • The Pla protease of yersinia pestis degrades Fas ligand to manipulate cell death and inflammation
      Northwestern Medicine scientists are continuing to unravel the molecular changes that underlie one of the world's deadliest and most infamous respiratory infections.

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 link between obstructive sleep apnoea severity and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a serious and prevalent health problem of the adult population.  OSA is strongly associated with obesity and characterised by several endocrine and metabolic abnormalities. It is expected that 1.5-11% of clinically diagnosed OSA patients will have comorbid hypothyroidism, while 25-35% hypothyroidism patients have or develop OSA. Hypothyroidism may give rise to OSA by way of increased mucoprotein deposition in the upper airway, decreased neural output to airway musculature, obesity and abnormal ventilatory control. read more


An updated review: Sleep disturbances and defence force members
A recent review of literature encompassing defence force members (DFM) and sleep disturbances and disorders was undertaken in 2013. Sleep problems are an ever increasing clinically relevant area of medicine within the defence force.  Considering over 75% of returning past and present soldiers rate that their subjective sleep quality as worse than prior to their service and approximately 60% meet criteria for the diagnosis of a clinically significant sleep disorder. read more
 
REM Behaviour Disorder may be a warning sign for Parkinson Disease         
A recent article in Sleep gives the first description of REM sleep behavioural events (RBE) that shows frequent occurrence in patients with de novo Parkinson disease (PD) than in healthy control.  This may be an early sign of neurodegeneration and precede rapid eye movement sleep behaviour disorder (RBD). There is no specific phenotype of PD associated with newly defined RBE or RBD at this early stage. RBD has been most commonly reported in males over the age of 50 years and there is growing evidence it can occur frequently in women but exists in a more subtle form. The diagnosis of RBD relies on polysomnography (PSG) with matched video recording read more


Thoracic Medicine News

The Pla protease of yersinia pestis degrades Fas ligand to manipulate cell death and inflammation

In 2007 it was demonstrated that the presence of a protein called the plasminogen activator protease (Pla) is required for Y. pestis to live inside the lungs. Pla shuts down a molecule, Fas ligand (FasL), which stimulates a form of programmed cell death known as apoptosis. The result is a disrupted immune response during infection. This allows Y. pestis to overwhelm the lungs, causing death. North western Medicine scientists are continuing to unravel the molecular changes that underlie one of the world's deadliest and most infamous respiratory infections. read more


Thoracic & Sleep Group News

Brisbane Conferences Reminder: TSGQ Participation 
TSGQ Sleep Scientists will be participating in the up-coming Clinical Update Weekend this weekend to provide information about sleep and respiratory related topics and our services. If you are attending the following forum 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.

Visit us in the exhibitors hall and receive your entry ticket into the RACGP prize draw to win a TSGQ sleep hamper including a $250 Peter Alexander voucher which will be drawn over the weekend.

57th Clinical Update Weekend: City & 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.


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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