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Often times when we can’t sleep or we feel tired throughout the day, there are common “quick fixes” which we use to help us fall asleep easier and give us an extra boost in the morning. However, some of these habits can often be detrimental to your sleep health, affecting you not just at night, but throughout the day as well.

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New research has found that the less we sleep in midlife, the faster our brains can decline and lead to cognitive impairment in old age.

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“What is happening in YOUR sleep?!? How can you really know? Ever thought of using a sleep app? There are some misunderstandings to what data is relevant when using sleep apps so understanding the limitations are IMPORTANT. "It is always recommended to follow up with a sleep study to be sure nothing is missed. “

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A diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) may raise the risk of osteoporosis, particularly among women or older individuals, according to a new study. OSA is a condition that causes brief interruptions in breathing during sleep. If left untreated, OSA can raise the risk for stroke, cardiovascular disease and heart attacks.  New research shows that OSA may also increase the risk of osteoporosis.

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Insomnia predisposes individuals to increased risk of stroke and this association is profound among young adults – up to eight times greater among insomniacs 18 to 34 years old.  The results of a recent study underscore the clinical importance of identifying and treating insomnia.

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Heavy drinking damages the body in many ways. In addition to liver failure, alcoholics are at a much greater risk of developing pneumonia and life threatening acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), for which there is no treatment. Researchers suspect that alcoholics are more susceptible to these lung diseases because the immune system in the lung is no longer strong enough to protect from infection and damage, but, it had been unclear why the immune system in the lung fails.

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Breathing Disorders Brisbane

Bronchiectasis

Bronchiectasis

Bronchiectasis is abnormal widening of the airways.

This is often caused by chronic infection of the airways, most commonly caused by bacteria.  This chronic infection causes chronic inflammation of the airways.  Inflammation damages the lung and can result in bronchiectasis. Bronchiectasis

Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death due to cancer in Australia. Smoking causes up to 90% of lung cancers and about 1/10 of people who smoke develop lung cancer.  Lung cancer is an abnormality in the cells of the lung and usually starts in the lining of an airway. Lung Cancer

COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a broad term to define airflow limitation that is not reversible.   A patient usually has a component of emphysema, chronic bronchitis or a combination of the two. COPD is often associated with a history of cigarette smoking or exposure to hazardous chemicals. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Asthma

asthma pufferPeople with asthma have sensitive airways.  When exposed to certain stimuli their airways can narrow, making it harder to breathe.  This airflow obstruction is reversible either spontaneously or with treatment. Asthma

Interstitial Lung Disease

photo_pulmonary_fibrosis150Interstitial lung disease is a name that covers a group of lung conditions that cause chronic breathlessness.  The most common type of ILD is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The major problem with ILD is inflammation of the lung tissue leading to scarring (fibrosis) of the air sacs. Interstitial Lung Disease

Sarcoidosis

photo_stinalmass150Sarcoidosis causes small inflammatory masses or nodules (known as granulomas) to form mainly in the lungs and chest lymph glands but can affect the eyes, liver, heart and brain as well. Granulomas are groups of immune cells, which are normally part of the body’s defence system. Sarcoidosis

Atypical Mycobacterium

photo_muycobacterium150Mycobacteria is a type of bacteria that can cause infection within the body.  Atypical mycobacterium is any mycobacterium other than Tuberculosis mycobacterium.  The most common form of atypical mycobacterium, which also most commonly affects the lungs is the mycobacterium avium intracellulare complex. Atypical Mycobacterium


Breathing & Lung Disorders in Queensland

For assistance with your breathing problems, please contact our Brisbane Breathing and Lung Function Clinic.

The Wesley Lung Function Lab
Phone: (07) 3870 0858
Fax: (07) 3870 2608
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Suite 2, Level 9, Evan Thomson Building
24 Chasely St (The Wesley Hospital)
Auchenflower, Queensland 4066

People outside Brisbane can be referred for breathing and lung function testing at the Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast.
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