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Issue 5: Best of 2010
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In Other News

Early Exposure To Inhaled Irritants Linked To Asthma

Smoke from incense burning causes asthma in susceptible children. Researchers from Taiwan may have identified the genetic polymorphism responsible for the increased asthma risk. read more

Teens and Drowsy Driving

The burden on the health system due to driving tired is growing with teenagers found to be particularly susceptible. read more

New Diagnostic Weapon to Combat TB

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced a new diagnostic test for Tuberculosis which only takes a fraction of the time of current tests. read more

Optalert - Drowsiness Detector

The Optalert System is a safety device engineered to improve the personal safety of transport workers in an effort to detect and prevent drowsy driving. read more

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Dear Doctors,

Please find below a ‘Best of 2010’ TSGQ news.  We hope that you enjoy it.

    Sleep Medicine
  • Sleep Deprivation and Depression
  • Melatonin therapy for Insomnia
  • Sleep and Driving

  • Thoracic Medicine
  • Pulmonary Function and Diabetes

  • Ask a Scientist
  • I don't sleep well in strange places. How will you be able to perform a sleep study on me if I don't sleep?

We wish you a safe holiday season and look forward bringing you some more interesting Thoracic and Sleep research in 2011.

We wholeheartedly welcome your feedback. You can email the editor with any feedback or suggestions for articles and news at - The Editor

Sleep Medicine News

sleep deprivation and depressionRecent studies found those who slept less than five hours a night were three times more likely than normal sleepers to become psychologically distressed in the next year.

Each hour of sleep lost was linked to a 14 per cent increased risk of distress. Read more...

image:insomnia melatoninThe Therapeutic Goods Administration has recently approved the use of a new sedative drug for primary insomnia, called Circadin. The drug is a prolonged-release 2mg Melatonin tablet used to treat primary insomnia short term. It’s indicated for use in older people (above 55 year of age) but studies have not proven the efficacy of the drug beyond 3 weeks use. Read more...

image:sleep and drivingDriving fatigue is a major cause of Motor Vehicle Accidents, costing the Australian economy billions of dollars a year. Find out what your obligations are as a health professional and how protective legislation exists to encourage minimising public health risks. Read more...

Thoracic News

lungsRecent studies have shown that impaired lung function (a reduced FVC or FEV1) may be a risk factor for the future development of type 2 diabetes. The average rate of decline in lung function (FEV1) for people with diabetes was 71ml/year compared to that of healthy non-smokers at 25-30ml/year. Read more...

Thoracic & Sleep Group News

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Brisbane, Sunshine Coast & Gold Coast Sleep Centres

    TSGQ Sleep Services
  • Fast turnaround of reporting
  • Diagnostic and CPAP sleep studies
  • Bi-level and Servoventilation studies
  • Nocturnal transcutaneous CO2 monitoring
  • Daytime Sleep Testing (MSLT & MWT)
  • Oxygen supplementation tests
  • Digital Video recording
  • CPAP sales and rentals
  • TSGQ Sleep Services
  • CPAP Education and Support
  • Local consulting physicians at all locations
  • International and National accreditation
  • Doctor owned facility

Thoracic Services Brisbane
TSGQ Thoracic Services
  • The Wesley Lung Function Laboratory (Bulk-billed)
  • The Wesley Sleep Research Group
  • The Wesley Pulmonary Hypertension Unit
  • The Wesley Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
  • The Wesley Asbestos Research Group
  • The Wesley Lung Research Group
  • The Wesley Hospital Lung Oncology Group

Ask A Scientist

Jade Pittard
Jade Pittard
B BioMed Sc., Grad Dip Pharm Sc.
Registered Polysomnographic Technologist


Q: I don't sleep well in strange places. How will you be able to perform a sleep study on me if I don't sleep?

A: "How will I be able to sleep with all this stuff on me?" is probably the most common concern we hear in the sleep lab. It is expected that most people will not get a usual night sleep in the lab, however we find the majority end up managing normal sleep efficiencies (of about 70-90%). The sleep lab is also specifically designed to create an environment "inductive to sleep". read more...

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Read popular Thoracic and Sleep medicine questions answered by our qualified scientists, or submit your own question to our team of scientists.

The Wesley Lung Function Laboratory News


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  • Spirometry
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  • Bronchial provocation testing (Mannitol)
  • 6 minute walk testing
  • Allergen skin testing
  • High altitude simulation testing
  • Fraction Expired NO (FeNO)

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