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A recent study has shown that adaptive servoventilation (ASV) may be harmful in heart failure patients with central sleep apnoea. The results indicated a 10% annual risk of cardiovascular death in ASV patients compared with 7.5% in the control group. The overall survival and hospitalisation rate was not different between the groups.

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Researchers find that having sleep apnea while pregnant could make the baby prone to metabolic disease as an adult. The study suggests that reoccurring oxygen deprivation, during pregnancy causes long-term changes in the offspring's liver's ability to maintain blood glucose level.

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Symptoms of depression and insomnia are the strongest predictors of having frequent nightmares, a new study concludes. A nightmare disorder may occur when repeated nightmares cause distress or impairment in social or occupational functioning.

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Navigational brain cells that help sense direction are as electrically active during deep sleep as they are during wake time, scientists have discovered. Such information could be useful in treating navigational problems associated with Alzheimer's disease and other neurological disorders.

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A team of neuropsychologists at Saarland University have shown that even a brief sleep of 45 to 60 minutes can significantly improve retention of learned material in memory

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People exposed to prolonged periods of shortened sleep have significant increases in blood pressure during nighttime hours, researchers report.

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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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aboutus
       

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)

pobstructivesleepapnoea

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (1.21MB)

pathletesandasthma

Athletes and Asthma (690KB)

pcopd

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)

depressioncover  

Sleep and Depression (2.61MB)

diabetescover  

Sleep and Diabetes (1.36MB)

miningcover  

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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