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The Wall Street Journal reported recently on the topic of sleep deprivation as to which cities around the World are the most and least sleep deprived. Brisbane leads the way with the earliest bed time and earliest wake up time.

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According to new research, risk of being obese by age 21 was 20 percent higher among 16-year-olds who got less than six hours of sleep a night, compared with their peers who slumbered more than eight hours.

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As we get older there is a strong relationship between reduced amount and quality of sleep. Recent research has found specific cluster of neurons that have linked insomnia and more sleep fragmentation. The reduction of these neurons can be from normal aging but has also been seen in Alzheimers disease.

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A bedtime routine might sound like something that's only necessary for the grade-school set, but following a nightly schedule can greatly improve the sleep of adults, too. Sleep experts recommend establishing a bedtime routine, both to calm and relax you as you get ready to sleep and so you aren't inadvertently giving yourself jet lag.

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Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and elsewhere, using a mouse model, have recorded the activity of individual nerve cells in a small part of the brain that works as a "switchboard," directing signals coming from the outside world or internal memories. Because human brain disorders such as schizophrenia, autism and post-traumatic stress disorder typically show disturbances in that switchboard, the investigators say the work suggests new strategies in understanding and treating them.

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The death rate from asthma in Australia has fallen by almost 70 per cent since the 1980s, according to a new report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Breathing Disorders Sunshine Coast

Bronchiectasis

Bronchiectasis

Bronchiectasis is abnormal widening of the airways.

This is often caused by chronic infection of the airways, most commonly caused by bacteria.  This chronic infection causes chronic inflammation of the airways.  Inflammation damages the lung and can result in bronchiectasis. Bronchiectasis

Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death due to cancer in Australia. Smoking causes up to 90% of lung cancers and about 1/10 of people who smoke develop lung cancer.  Lung cancer is an abnormality in the cells of the lung and usually starts in the lining of an airway. Lung Cancer

COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a broad term to define airflow limitation that is not reversible.   A patient usually has a component of emphysema, chronic bronchitis or a combination of the two. COPD is often associated with a history of cigarette smoking or exposure to hazardous chemicals. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Asthma

asthma pufferPeople with asthma have sensitive airways.  When exposed to certain stimuli their airways can narrow, making it harder to breathe.  This airflow obstruction is reversible either spontaneously or with treatment. Asthma

Interstitial Lung Disease

photo_pulmonary_fibrosis150Interstitial lung disease is a name that covers a group of lung conditions that cause chronic breathlessness.  The most common type of ILD is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The major problem with ILD is inflammation of the lung tissue leading to scarring (fibrosis) of the air sacs. Interstitial Lung Disease

Sarcoidosis

photo_stinalmass150Sarcoidosis causes small inflammatory masses or nodules (known as granulomas) to form mainly in the lungs and chest lymph glands but can affect the eyes, liver, heart and brain as well. Granulomas are groups of immune cells, which are normally part of the body’s defence system. Sarcoidosis

Atypical Mycobacterium

photo_muycobacterium150Mycobacteria is a type of bacteria that can cause infection within the body.  Atypical mycobacterium is any mycobacterium other than Tuberculosis mycobacterium.  The most common form of atypical mycobacterium, which also most commonly affects the lungs is the mycobacterium avium intracellulare complex. Atypical Mycobacterium


Breathing & Lung Disorders Sunshine Coast

For assistance with your breathing problems, please contact our Sunshine Coast Breathing and Lung Function Clinic.

Selangor Medical Centre
Dr Rosemary Gan
Phone: (07) 5441 5422
Nambour Selangor Private Hospital
62 Netherton St, Nambour, QLD 4560.

People outside the Sunshine Coast can be referred for breathing and lung function tests at Brisbane or the Gold Coast.
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