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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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Office workers with more natural light exposure at the office have longer sleep duration, sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life than counterparts with less light exposure.

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People who do shift work may have a higher risk of diabetes, even those who eventually return to a daytime work schedule, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh found that any amount of shift work, whether it's just a few years or an entire lifetime's worth, is linked with a higher risk of diabetes.

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Patients with serious heart and lung conditions don't have the normal range of facial expressions, particularly the ability to register surprise in response to emotional cues, finds preliminary research. This finding could be used to help busy emergency care doctors decide whom to prioritize for treatment, and gauge who really needs often costly and invasive tests, suggest the researchers.

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A new study finds that sleep deprivation affects facial features such as the eyes, mouth and skin, and these features function as cues of sleep loss to other people.

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Cleaning and Maintenance of CPAP Equipment

Q:  How often should I clean my mask and CPAP equipment?

A:  It is important that your CPAP equipment is cleaned regularly.  A few minutes spent each day will improve the lifespan of your equipment and will also ensure that the therapy is hygienic.

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It is essential that every morning your mask is hand-washed in warm soapy water, thoroughly rinsed with clean water and allowed to air dry out of direct sunlight.  Avoid using harsh detergents or products that contain bleach, alcohol or antibacterial agents as these may damage your equipment.  Liquid soap or baby shampoo are recommended.

Disconnect the tubing from the machine/ humidifier and hang over a towel rack or door handle to allow it to dry.  The water tank should also be removed from the humidifier every morning and washed with a mild detergent.  It should not be replaced until you are ready to use your PAP device again.

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Separate the components of your mask (including the headgear) and thoroughly clean in warm soapy water.   This is a good time to inspect the integrity of each part.  Any damaged pieces should be discarded and replaced.  A soft bristle brush, such as a clean toothbrush, is ideal for cleaning the frame and diffuser ports of your mask.   In addition, hand-wash the tubing that connects your mask to your PAP device and allow to air dry.

Masks

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1. Disconnect headgear.

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2. Wash using warm soapy water.

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3. Rinse thoroughly.

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4. Disassemble the mask (the mask here is forillustration purposes only).

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5. Use a soft bristled toothbrush to clean the frame thoroughly.

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6. Ensure the seal, clips and frame are separated for the best clean.

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7. Use the toothbrush to thoroughly clean the seal.

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8. Once cleaned rinse off all soap residue.

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9. Once rinsed set aside out of direct sunlight to air dry.


Machines

Phillips Respironics System One



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1. Remove your humidifier tub.

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2. Open the tub and wash with warm soapy water.

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3. Rinse tub thoroughly and leave to dry out of direct sunlight

ResMed S9 Series



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1. Remove the humidifier tub from the machine.

2. Open the tub and clean in warm soapy water.

3. Rinse the tub and leave out of direct sunlight to air dry.

Machine Filters

Phillips Respironics System One



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1. You should notice dust building up on the foam filter over time.

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2. Occasional wiping with a damp cloth will remove the surface dust.

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3. The filter should be replaced after 6-12 months.

ResMed S9 Series



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1. Remove the filter cap.

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2. Inspect the air intake.

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3. Clean with damp cloth.

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4. Replace old filter with new.

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5. Dispose of old filter.


ResMed S8 Series

   

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1. Remove the back cover.

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2. Remove the old filter.

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3. Dispose of the old filter.

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4. Insert new filter

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5. Replace back cover

 


 

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