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Issue: July 2015 
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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

Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Conavirus (MERS-CoV) infections and precautions for Australia 

MERS-CoV infection has been diagnosed in over 1,300 cases worldwide, with 85% of cases recorded in Saudi Arabia. The Middle Eastern cases have been associated with a very high fatality rate of some 40%. Since the first cases of MERS were noted, a small number of cases have been recognised in other countries, mostly in the Middle East, but also in other countries such as France, UK and the Philippines.


Taking a nap while on the job might help workers be more productive, new research suggests

A University of Michigan study found power naps or extended breaks during the day could ease frustration, help offset impulsive behaviour and increase workplace safety.
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Poor sleep habits can have a negative effect on self control

In a study titled "Interactions between Sleep Habits and Self-Control," Clemson psychologists concluded a sleep-deprived individual is at increased risk for succumbing to impulsive desires, inattentiveness and questionable decision-making.
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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:

    Recommended amount of sleep for a healthy adult
    The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and Sleep Research Society (SRS) developed a consensus recommendation for the amount of sleep needed to promote optimal health in adults, using a modified RAND Appropriateness Method process.

    Risk of cardiovascular disease associated with Restless Leg syndrome (RLS)
    A recent longitudinal multiethnic retrospective cohort study published in the Journal, Sleep, evaluated whether primary or secondary RLS was associated with increased risk of incident cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease (CAD) and hypertension.

    Increased Carbonic Anhydrase Activity Associated with Sleep Apnoea Severity and Related Hypoxemia and what this Could Mean for Eye Health
    A team of researchers from the Swedish Centre for Sleep and Vigilance Disorders at Gothenburg University have recently investigated the relationship between the activity of the enzyme Carbonic Anhydrase (CA) and the apnoea-hypopnea index (AHI) in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea and have recently had this study published in the journal SLEEP.1

    VNN1 Gene could serve as a biomarker for response to corticosteriods in childhood asthma
    Scientists at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have found a gene that could help identify children with difficult-to-treat asthma. The gene is known as Vascular Non-Inflammatory Molecule, or VNN1 for short.
     

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

Recommended amount of sleep for a healthy adult: A joint consensus statement of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society
Current evidence supports the general recommendation for obtaining 7 or more hours of sleep per night on a
regular basis to promote optimal health among adults aged 18 to 60 years. Individual variability in sleep need is influenced by genetic, behavioural, medical, and environmental factors. A clearer understanding of the precise biological mechanisms underlying sleep need continues to require further scientific investigation.

Risk of cardiovascular disease associated with Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a common sensorimotor disorder characterised by an irresistible urge to move one’s body to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations. Moving the affected body part modulates the sensations, providing temporary relief, however, it typically causes sleep disruption. Furthermore, RLS may be categorised into primary and secondary conditions. Recent research has focused on the association between RLS and the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Increased Carbonic Anhydrase Activity Associated with Sleep Apnoea Severity and Related Hypoxemia and what this Could Mean for Eye Health
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is an increasingly common sleep disorder characterised by repetitive collapse of the upper airways which result in cyclical oxygen desaturation, frequent arousals and sleep fragmentation Though the cyclical hypoxia/hyperoxia and hypocapnia/hypercapnia caused by these apnoeic and hypopnic episodes is well established this is the first study to examine the effect that these episodes have on blood CA levels.  


Thoracic Medicine News

VNN1 Gene could serve as a biomarker for response to corticosteriods in childhood asthma 
According to study investigator Gurjit Khurana Hershey, MD, PhD, director of Asthma Research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, “Genome-wide analysis allowed us to identify a gene, whose expression discriminated between good and poor responders to systemic corticosteroid treatment. This may serve as clinically useful biomarker to identify a subset of difficult-to-treat asthmatic children, and targeting the VNN1 pathway may be useful as a therapeutic strategy.”

MRP_03_JulyChildhood_asthma

Asthma is currently on the rise with one in 12 people being diagnosed with the condition in 2009, up from 1 in 14 in 2001. Asthma attacks occur yearly in about half of those people who have asthma, and are more common in children than in adults. About 40% to 70% of asthmatic children fall into a difficult-to-treat category, with current medications often failing to help. New treatments for these children in particular are greatly needed.
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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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