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TSGQ registered nurse and polysomnographic technician Travis Bell joined 612 ABC radio presenter Kelly Higgins-Devine to discuss sleep disorders on 2nd February 2015.

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Scientists have found that that activation of cholinergic neurons - those that release the neurotransmitter acetylcholine -- in two brain stem structures can induce REM sleep in an animal model. Better understanding of mechanisms that control different sleep states is essential to improved treatment of sleep disorders.

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Going to bed early could help individuals avoid repetitive negative thinking, according to a recent study. According to the authors, repetitive negative thinking is "defined as an abstract, perseverative, negative focus on one's problems and experiences that is difficult to control."

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In a recent US study results indicated that poor sleep may be an early warning sign for addictive and “regretful” behaviour; such as alcohol problems, illicit drug abuse and sexual behaviour. US researchers reviewed the sleep patterns of 6500 adolescents in combination with drug and alcohol habits, between 1994 and 2002.

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Scientists at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) have discovered a link between sleep loss and cell injury. Results of a new study find sleep deprivation causes the damage to cells, especially in the liver, lung, and small intestine. Recovery sleep following deprivation heals the damage.

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New research confirms that sleep disturbances are linked to pain and depression, but not disability, among patients with osteoarthritis (OA).  Results from a new study found that poor sleep increases depression and disability, but does not worsen pain over time.

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About Thoracic & Sleep Group Queensland

COMPANY PROFILE

People caring about the way people breathe and sleep.

Thoracic and Sleep Group Queensland (TSGQ) was established in 2008 by Dr Andrew Scott and Dr John Feenstra to recognise the growing demand for quality, state of the art, respiratory and sleep medicine and sleep research services in Queensland.

Did you know…

The incidence of sleep disorders is increasing significantly, attributable in part to an expanding ageing population, the increasing incidence of obesity and increased awareness of these disorders within the medical community and general public. The American Journal of Medicine 2007 suggests the increase in obesity related illnesses, including sleep disordered breathing, will surpass smoking related disorders.

Thoracic and Sleep Group (QLD) is now Queensland’s fastest growing specialist thoracic and sleep medicine clinic, providing full spectrum services for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep and lung disorders. Our specialised medical team and state-of-the-art facilities ensure we provide your patients with the highest quality of thoracic and sleep medicine care.

  • Full spectrum onsite diagnostic and treatment services
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Thoracic and Accredited Sleep Physicians
  • CPAP successful long term therapy - 85%
  • Ongoing CPAP education and support
  • Fast turnaround of reports with specific fast tracking of urgent studies
  • Lung function testing and patient management programs
  • Short waiting lists
  • No gap specialist provider for in hospital testing
  • Affiliations with Wesley Research Institute, University of Queensland, Griffith University and Bond University
  • Doctor owned practice
  • Convenient locations in Brisbane and Sunshine Coast, all with onsite parking
  • Active in sleep and respiratory research

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to provide first class clinical sleep services to patients, including providing information, education, advice and support to patients relating to all aspects of their sleep health and treatment, while respecting and honouring every patient’s rights, privacy and comfort while under the care of Thoracic and Sleep Group (QLD).

OUR OBJECTIVES

  1. To prepare, record and interpret polysomnography results that match and exceed AASM guidelines and QLD Health GCP regulations.
  2. To ensure every patient’s comfort and privacy is maintained through informative exchange of information and respectful diligence in acknowledging and responding to patient’s concerns.
  3. To educate patients as much as is practically and legally allowed in the ongoing diagnosis and treatment of their sleep health and respiratory health.
  4. Maintain a friendly, positive and confident demeanor when interacting with all of TSGQ’s clientele.
  5. Maintain ongoing professional relationships with our patients that facilitate a leading clinical management and follow-up services.

OUR LOGO

Thoracic and Sleep Group Queensland

Our logo is Hypnos, the Greek God of sleep who was depicted in myth and literature as a gentle, benevolent force who brings the restorative gift of sleep to mortals and gods alike.

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