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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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About one in four Australians are sleep-deprived, and leading sleep researchers came together for the BBC's "Day of the Body Clock" and warned that shunning shut-eye leads to "serious health problems".

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Brochures

Below are some Educational Brochures on a range of sleep and respiratory disorders. These brochures have been developed with both patients and medical specialists in mind.

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About Us (2.4MB)

psleepanddriving
       

Sleep and Driving (1.19MB)

pwomenandsleep  

Sleep and Women (1.23MB)

psleepandheartdisease

Sleep and Heart Disease (1.21MB)

psleepandstroke

Sleep and Stroke (1.21MB)

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Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (1.21MB)

pathletesandasthma

Athletes and Asthma (690KB)

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (722KB)

pasthmaandfeno

Fractional Expired Nitric Oxide (FeNo) (1.21MB)

PAHScleroderma  

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension and Scleroderma (0.61MB)

pahcover  

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (2.61MB)

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Sleep and Depression (2.61MB)

diabetescover  

Sleep and Diabetes (1.36MB)

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Sleep Health and the Mining Industry (2.6MB)

 

Below are two powerpoint presentations prepared by Dr Andrew Scott and Dr John Feenstra. These were presented to GP's during the Wesley Hospital's Clinical Weekend seminars on Acute Medicine.

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Dr Andrew Scott: Eye Disease and Sleep Apnoea. (1.21MB)

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Dr John Feenstra: Sleep and Driving (2.0MB)

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