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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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Night owls are more likely to develop diabetes, metabolic syndrome and sarcopenia than early risers, even when they get the same amount of sleep, according to a new study. The study examined the difference between night and morning chronotypes, or a person's natural sleep-wake cycle. Staying awake later at night is likely to cause sleep loss, poor sleep quality, and eating at inappropriate times, which might eventually lead to metabolic change.

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Breathing Information

Asthma and Athletes

Asthma and Athletes

Many athletes struggle with competition due to having asthma. Exercise is in fact one of the most common triggers of an asthma attack. There are different ways however, to manage asthma that is triggered by exercise and having your asthma under control can will allow you to continue to play and breathe easily. Asthma and athletes

Asbestos and the Lungs

photo_asbestos150Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that has been used for over 4500 years and is one of the most useful and versatile materials known to mankind. It is also a banned substance in Australia due to its dangerous effects on the lungs and its proven connection to lung cancer and Asbestosis. Asbestos and the Lungs

Bronchoscopy

photo_bronch150A bronchoscopy involves the use of a flexible fibreoptic (video) scope to examine the main airways of your lungs. The bronchoscope will be inserted into your lungs through your mouth, however you will be given sedatives and anesthetic so you will not feel a thing. Bronchoscopy

Asthma and Diving

asthmadivingThe bronchial narrowing in asthma has two effects: one is to decrease the amount of air that can be moved in and out of the lungs. This can reduce exercise capacity - especially for a diver - due to the external resistance of his breathing apparatus and the increased gas density at depth. Asthma and Diving

Home Oxygen THerapy

photo_homeo2150The aim of home oxygen therapy is to increase the levels of oxygen in the blood, relax the blood vessels in the lungs and to avoid the long term conditions that chronic low oxygen levels can cause. Home Oxygen Therapy

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