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Health professionals around the world are becoming alarmed by the rapid growth rate of the e-cigarette industry, with the product being so new to the market that research into their long term health effects does not exist. Talks held in Melbourne by government funded VicHealth highlighted concerns for the unregulated industry overseas targeting the younger population.

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On September 28th someone could die……….Who will be the victim in The Simpsons season 26 premiere “Clown in the Dumps”? Homer Simpson, who has a newly-diagnosed sleep disorder could be a likely candidate. With a portly build and a large neck circumference, television’s most famous cartoon dad has long fit the profile of a person at-risk for sleep apnoea.

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Lack of sleep, already considered a public health epidemic, can also lead to errors in memory.  A new study found that participants deprived of a night’s sleep were more likely to distort the details of a simulated burglary they were shown in a series of images. "People who repeatedly get low amounts of sleep every night could be more prone in the long run to develop these forms of memory distortion," one researcher said. "It's not just a full night of sleep deprivation that puts them at risk."

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Up to 70% of Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients experience sleep problems that negatively impact their quality of life. A new article discusses the underlying causes of sleep problems in PD and describes the most appropriate diagnostic tools and treatment options.

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People diagnosed with depression need to step out for a cigarette twice as often as smokers who are not dealing with a mood disorder. Those who have the hardest time shaking the habit may have more mental health issues than they are actually aware of, research suggests. While the number of Australians who smoke declines, about 40 per cent of depressed people are in need of a regular drag.

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Are you having trouble sleeping, snoring, waking tired or unrefreshed, and becoming excessively sleepy throughout the day? A home based sleep study may be an appropriate option for you. Medicare offers rebates for one (1) home based sleep study per year.

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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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