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They light up our screens, perform live shows all over the world, and amaze us with their skills out on the court and in the field. It’s hard to believe that some of the most famous entertainers in the world have to deal with sleep disorders like anyone else.
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Mobile Phone/TV/Laptop -  any device with a screen sends out blue wavelengths of light, which can tamper with the natural release of sleep-promoting hormone melatonin. 

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Bioresorbable splints used for just second time ever, successfully improved breathing so baby can go home for the first time.

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TSGQ's very own senior sleep scientist Jade Pittard answers the publics questions regarding sleep and how to achieve it in a recent radio segment with 612 ABC presenter Katrina Davidson.

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The system that allows the sharing of genetic material between bacteria – and therefore the spread of antibiotic resistance – has been uncovered by a team of scientists from UCL and Birkbeck, University of London.

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Dreaming may be the conscious awareness of underlying processes of offline learning and memory consolidation where the integration of this occurs during sleep.

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TSGQ Doctor e-Newsletter Archive


Issue 37: TSGQ News - February 2014
  • Pharmacological possibility for the treatment of OSA
  • Serum Uric Acid as a predictor of mortality and futur exacerbations of COPD
  • Effects of Quetiapine on sleep architecture: Growing concerns over harmful adverse events
  • Broad-spectrum antimocrobial therapy found to be equally as effective in treating childhood pneumonia
  • Pregnancy and sleep disorders

Issue 36: TSGQ News - December 2013
  • How to screen for sleep studies studies Part 2: The Mallampati Scoring System and Obesity
  • Increasing CVD epidemic
  • Sleep moderates metabolism
  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is strongly associated with productive infection by herpesvirus 

Issue 35: TSGQ News - Novemebr 2013
  • Is CPAP worth it?
  • Reversibility of brain injury in OSA
  • Helping psychiatric patients with OSA
  • Can Stem Cells be Used to Generate New Lungs?

Issue 34: TSGQ News - October 2013
  • Special on Lung cancer: part 4
  • Early detection may slow the progression of atherosclerotic disease
  • Hypoxia is a predictor of erectile dysfunction
  • Helping psychiatric patients with OSA

Issue 33: TSGQ News - September 2013
  • Special on Lung cancer: part 3
  • Night shift might contribute to cancer
  • Humans Used to Have a '1st' Then '2nd' Sleep
  • OSA and the eye
  • Sleep disorders as a prelude for Alzheimers

Issue 32: TSGQ News - August 2013
  • Special on Lung cancer: part 2
  • Cephalometry: The effectiveness of craniofacial measurements in predicting OSA
  • Rigorous documentation of the link between insulin resistance and circadian disruption
  • Erectile Dysfunction Related To Sleep Apnea May Persist, But Is Treatable

Issue 31: TSGQ News - July 2013
  • Special on Lung cancer: part 1
  • A review of sleep related movements disorders
  • Opinion on cause of obesity influences BMI
  • New information on contributors to cardiogenic lung oedema
  • OSA may contribute to poor control of asthma

Issue 30: TSGQ News - June 2013
  • Circadian Rhythm Determination
  • Tobacco Statistics 2013
  • Humans Used to Have a '1st' Then '2nd' Sleep
  • Prednisolone Induces Changes in Gene Expression in Asthma Patients
  • How to Screen for Sleep Studies - Part 1

Issue 29: TSGQ News - May 2013
  • Vitamin D and Sleep Disturbance
  • Less pollution related deaths from Nuclear fuel
  • Hypocretin - the secret to happiness?
  • Cardio-pulmonary Exercise Testing explained

Issue 28: TSGQ News - April 2013
  • Driving tired is like driving drunk
  • High Dose Vitamin D to treat RTI's
  • A New Vision From the ERS
  • Provent to Prevent SDB?

Issue 27: TSGQ News - March 2013
  • Non-CPAP, non-surgical therapies for OSA
  • Influenza Season 2013
  • 'ISR' treatment for chronic insomnia
  • The US Approves New Treatment for Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis

Issue 26: TSGQ News - February 2013
  • Surgical therapies in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
  • Quitting smoking can reduce the risk of lung cancer related death by 1000%
  • Boosting sleep slows 'memory rot'
  • New Tuberculosis vaccine not effective in infants
  • Senior pilots less suited to long-haul flights

Issue 25: TSGQ News - January 2013
  • Dentists can screen for OSA
  • Summer heat wave affecting sleep quality and productivity
  • World Cancer Day 2013
  • Atitudes to smoking cessation

Issue 24: TSGQ News - December 2012
  • A cure for jetlag?
  • What exactly can we learn in sleep?
  • Diazepam Suppresses Central Sleep Apnoea in Rats
  • Rapid risk assessment of obstructive sleep apnoea in the primary care setting
  • Stress-related Insomnia. How effective are herbal remedies?
  • What effects does smoking have on the mind?

Issue 23: TSGQ News - November 2012
  • New links between OSA and cardiac diseases
  • A review of sleep monitoring devices
  • Paradoxical insomnia
  • Sleep disorders and pregnancy
  • Interpreting Spirometry

Issue 22: TSGQ News - September 2012
  • Post operative complications in patients with OSA
  • The impact of sleep disorders on PTSD
  • Trans-oral robotic surgery
  • Nasal APAP and associated obstructive sleep apnoea symptoms
  • Pollution and respiratory health

Issue 21: TSGQ News - August 2012
  • Practice Parameters for the treatment of RLS and PLMD
  • Sleep, Cognition and Caffeine
  • Insomnia is a predictor for depression development
  • To nap or not to nap?
  • How light pollution affects your sleep
  • Disparities in end of life care for COPD patients

Issue 20: TSGQ News - June/July 2012
  • Sleep apnoea and athletes
  • Stress Down Day
  • Suvorexant and its effects on insomnia
  • The cardiovascular effects of OSA
  • OSA and the link to pro-inflammatory markers
  • Injectable O2

Issue 19: TSGQ News - May 2012
  • World Parkinsons Day
  • Sleeping disorders and weight gain
  • Cognitive behavioural approaches to the treatment of insomnia
  • Insulin resistance and OSA in women with PCOS
  • How does a sleep physician consultation affect CPAP compliance
  • Revised national medical standards for driver licensing
  • Idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension: Prognostic impact of follow-up assessments

Issue 18: TSGQ News - April Easter Special 2012
  • World Parkinsons Day
  • Sleeping disorders and weight gain
  • Cognitive behavioural approaches to the treatment of insomnia
  • Insulin resistance and OSA in women with PCOS
  • How does a sleep physician consultation affect CPAP compliance
  • Revised national medical standards for driver licensing
  • Idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension: Prognostic impact of follow-up assessments

Issue 17: TSGQ News - March 2012
  • Sleep Disturbance and Suicide
  • OSA and Diabetes
  • Co-morbities of Insomnia
  • The Effects of Epilepsy on Sleep
  • Organic Dust inhalation
  • Wine and FVC function

Issue 16: TSGQ News - February 2012
  • Occupational screening programs needed for safety critial occupations
  • Asperger's Syndrome and sleep
  • Hypoglossial nerve stimalation as an alternative to CPAP

Issue 15: TSGQ News - November 2011
  • Alzheimer’s And Sleep
  • Emerging Epigenetic Research In The Development Of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Metabolic Consequences Of Sleep Deprivation
  • Recognising the Symptoms of Sleepiness
  • 8 tips to Better Manage Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Issue 14: TSGQ News - October 2011
  • Latest Asthma, COPD and OSA Statistics
  • Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge for Diabetes and Heart Health
  • World Habitat Day
  • The Cancer Council's "Girls Night In" October
  • Suicide Prevention Day

Issue 13: TSGQ News - September 2011
  • World Heart Day
  • International Day of Peace - 5 tips for better sleep
  • Sleep Disorders and Suicide
  • Developments for Monitoring and Control of Asthma in Adolescents
  • National Stroke Week
  • Why is it important for me to treat my obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)?

Issue 12: TSGQ News - August 2011
  • The Link Between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Increased Bone Resorpotion in Men
  • New Developments in Lung Cancer Research
  • Childhood Disorders that have Adult Consequences
  • Our Education Teams for your Medical Practice
  • Why is it important for me to treat my Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)?

Issue 11: TSGQ News - July 2011
  • Sleep Apnoea - Lav vs Home Testing
  • Sleep and Anxiety
  • Sleep Disorders and Anxiety
  • Increased Immunity to Colds makes Asthma Worse
  • 6 Tips for Helping Your Patients Cope With CPAP

Issue 10: TSGQ News - June 2011
  • Tax Deductions with new CPAP Machines
  • Go Red For Women
  • Men's Health Week
  • World Environment Day

Issue 9: TSGQ News - May 2011
  • Depression and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)
  • World Asthma Day
  • Australia's Biggest Morning Tea
  • Our Education Teams for your Medical Practice
  • A healthy heart and a healthy sleep
  • How do I adjust my Humidifier for Winter?

Issue 8: TSGQ News - April 2011
  • World Day for Work Health and Safety
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • The Carbon Footprint and your Medical Practice
  • Our Education Teams for your Medical Practice
  • Electronic Forms for your practice
  • How do I care for my CPAP devices filter?

Issue 7: TSGQ News - March 2011
  • Sleep Apnoea and Eye Disease
  • Sleep Apnoea and Seizures
  • Leukemia and Lung Infections

Issue 6: TSGQ News - February 2011
  • 'Organic Toxic Dust Syndrome' after the QLD Floods
  • World Cancer Day and Lung Cancer Screening
  • World Diabetes Day
  • How will you be able to perform a sleep study on me if I don't sleep?

Issue 5: TSGQ News - Best of 2010
  • Sleep Deprivation and Depression
  • Melatonin Therapy for Insomnia
  • Sleep and Driving
  • Pulmonary Function and Diabetes

Issue 4: TSGQ News - December 2010
  • Insomnia and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Melatonin Therapy for Insomnia
  • Tart Cherries and Insomnia
  • Air Pollution and Lung Health

Issue 3: TSGQ News - November 2010
  • Men's Health
  • OSA & Diabetes
  • Sleep and Driving
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Issue 2: TSGQ News - October 2010
  • Sleep Deprivation and Depression
  • Cognitive Function after Sleep Deprivation
  • Pulmonary Function and Diabetes

Issue 1: TSGQ News - September 2010
  • OSA & Cardiomyopathy
  • Sleep Disorders & Stroke
  • Asthma & FeNO Testing
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