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Issue 42: July 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

Sleep Mapper app and web-based solution improves therapy adherence for sleep apnoea patients

According to a new study released at SLEEP by Philips Respironics, patients usingthe SleepMapper mobile app and web-based ­solution achieved a 22 percent higher positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy adherence rate than non-users. The results of the study further the evidence that patient engagement in care can lead to behavioural change and ultimately, better results and healthier populations.
 

Social integration improves lung function in elderly

It is well established that being involved in more social  roles, such as being married, having close friends, close family members, and belonging to social and religious groups, leads to better mental and physical health. However, why social integration - the total number of social roles in which a person participates - influences health and longevity has not been clear.

Cognitive Behavioural Therepy; new applications to target insomnia

Insomnia is an increasing problem. Australian population surveys have shown that 13%-33% of the adult population have regular difficulty either getting to sleep or staying asleep. Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is considered to be the gold standard in treating insomnia. The problem is sometimes face-to-face CBT-i therapies are not feasable. Sleep Healthy Using the Internet (SHUTi) is an interactive online program for adults with insomnia.
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Dear Doctors,

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

    • CPAP treatment in patients with Parkinson disease and obstructive sleep apnoea
      Sleep complaints are common in patients with Parkinson Disease (PD), with 60-98% of patients reporting difficulties and an estimated 60% also having obstructive sleep apnoea. Recognition and treatment of OSA in PD patients is important for improving sleep architecture, nighttime oxygenation level and daytime sleepiness.
    • Immune function and sleep
      Lack of sleep can make a person more susceptible to infection and comprise their immune responses. A recent study has shown increased NFκB activity, through increased sleep duration prior and throughout periods of infection, can act to increase infection defence and improve survival in Drosophila.
    • Can treating obstructive sleep apnoea in patients with Alzheimer's Disease result in improved cognitive function? 
      Obstructive sleep apnoea is a common sleep disorder that afflicts the elderly and to a greater severity, patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Can treating OSA minimise the cognitive impairment seen in AD?
    • Vitamin E-rich oils linked to lung inflammation 
      According to a new sizable study by Northwestern Medicine, vitamin E-rich oils - including canola, soybean and corn - could be contributing to the rising incidence of lung inflammation, airway hyper-responsiveness and possibly asthma. 

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

CPAP treatment in patients with Parkinson disease and obstructive sleep apnoea

Sleep complaints are common in patients with Parkinson disease (PD), with 60-98% of PD patients reporting difficulties.  It’s also estimated that up to 60% of PD patients also have obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).  OSA results in hypoxemia and sleep fragmentation and is associated with cardiac arrhythmias, nocturnal hypertension, nighttime confusion, and neuropsychological impairment.   read more

Immune function and sleep
Lack of sleep can make a person more susceptible to infection and comprise their immune responses. Despite the relationship between sleep and immune function not being completely understood; a recent study conducted by Kuo et al (2014) involving increased sleep and increased survival from bacterial infection concludes sleep was indeed beneficial in sustaining a strong immune system in a host. 
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Can treating obstructive sleep apnoea in patients with Alzheimer's disease results in improved cognitive function?
Obstructive sleep apnoea is a common sleep disorder that afflicts the elderly and to a greater severity, patients with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). The primary forms of sleep disorders seen in patients with AD are nocturnal insomnia, altered sleep architecture causing nocturnal insomnia, hyper-somnolence, excessive daytime napping and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). Many studies have suggested that the severity of dementia can be positively correlated with the severity of OSA. However, can treating OSA minimise the cognitive impairment seen in AD? read more


Thoracic Medicine News

Vitamin E-rich oils linked to lung inflammation 
According to a new sizable study by Northwestern Medicine, vitamin E-rich oils - including canola, soybean and corn - could be contributing to the rising incidence of lung inflammation, airway hyper-responsiveness and possibly asthma. In contrast, vitamin E-rich oils such as olive oil, wheat germ oil, almond and sunflower oil improve lung capacity and function. The research furthers our understanding of two of the four tocopherol forms of vitamin E (gamma-tocopherol and alpha-tocopherol) and their health advantages and disadvantages.


Thoracic & Sleep Group News


Qweekend cover story: why are we so tired?
Francis Whiting The Courier-Mail June 14, 2014
 
Recently Thoracic and Sleep Group Queensland was interviewed and conducted a Home Based Sleep Study on The Courier-Mail reporter Francis Whiting, a popular columnist in Qweekend. Below is an excerpt from Francis' article regarding her experience, however please follow this news link to read the complete column:
 NEWS Qweekend
 
"....the amount of sleep we average as a nation is decreasing every year, with roughly half of us now getting by on five to six hours. It's not enough, and one of the major reasons we are all so tired is because we are literally all so tired. It's also the reason why six beds at Wesley's Thoracic and Sleep Group units are taken most nights, with patients wired for sound, breathing and movement.
The unit looks a bit like a five-star hotel; the bedrooms, all with ensuites, are furnished in muted tones and soft, inviting textures - a rug over a chair here, a plumped-up pillow there.
The air-conditioning is set at a cool, pleasant temperature, and it is blessedly quite. Staff walk with soft steps and talk in low murmurs. In fact, if not for the infra-red cameras positioned discreetly throughout each room, it looks like the sort of place I'd like to check into for a week or two.
But just down the hall from the bedrooms is the technical room, with its bank of computers showing continuous readouts from slumberers nearby - their brainwaves, cardiac data, respiratory rates, limb movements, and oxygen levels. All information is relayed via the black receiver box, and my own data shows that for someone who went to bed convinced I would never get to sleep, I actually dropped off surprisingly quickly.
"You fell asleep in four minutes," the unit's Cheryl Scott smiles, consulting my chart. "The average is 20.".........." 

Sleep scientist Cheryl Scott hooks up a patient for monitoring at the Wesley sleep clinic. Picture: Russell Shakespeare


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
Please contact our office to have a referral pad sent out or download a referral here.

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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