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Long the stuff of science fiction, the disembodied 'brain in a jar' is providing science fact for researchers, who by studying the whole brains of fruit flies are discovering the inner mechanisms of jet lag.  Researchers present the first real-time imaging of intact circadian neural networks and demonstrate how light shifts disrupt biological clocks.

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Popular non-prescription and prescription medications, including the active ingredient in Benadryl, have been linked to increased risk of developing dementia by a study published in a top-tier medical journal.

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“WHEN SLEEP IS SOUND, HEALTH AND HAPPINESS ABOUND” is the slogan for World Sleep Day 2015 taking place worldwide on March 13th, 2015. Sound sleep is a treasured function and one of the pillars of health, along with a balanced diet and adequate exercise. When sleep fails, health declines. Poor sleep and bad health decrease the quality of life and take happiness away.

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TSGQ registered nurse and polysomnographic technician Travis Bell joined 612 ABC radio presenter Kelly Higgins-Devine to discuss sleep disorders on 2nd February 2015.

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Scientists have found that that activation of cholinergic neurons - those that release the neurotransmitter acetylcholine -- in two brain stem structures can induce REM sleep in an animal model. Better understanding of mechanisms that control different sleep states is essential to improved treatment of sleep disorders.

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Going to bed early could help individuals avoid repetitive negative thinking, according to a recent study. According to the authors, repetitive negative thinking is "defined as an abstract, perseverative, negative focus on one's problems and experiences that is difficult to control."

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Do I Have A Breathing Disorder?

The Lung Health Checklist*

This questionnaire comes from the Australian Lung Foundation and will help you to determine whether your lung health could be at risk.

If you answer yes to any of the questions below you should seriously consider talking to your doctor:

Do you:

Have a new, persistent or changed cough? Yes/No
Cough up mucus, phlegm or blood? Yes/No
Experience chest tightness or wheeze? Yes/No
Get out of breath more easily than others your age? Yes/No
Have frequent chest infections? Yes/No
Experience chest pain, fatigue or sudden weight loss? Yes/No

 

Answering Yes to any of the above could be a sign your lung health could be at risk...particularly if you:

Are a smoker or ex-smoker, or you have worked in a job that exposed you to dust, gas or fumes.

If you believe you are at risk of a respiratory disorder, take the responses from this questionnaire to your doctor as it will assist you in starting the conversation with them. They may refer you to our lung function lab for further testing or to one of our specialists for a consultation..

*This Lung Health Checklist has been designed by The Australian Lung Foundation to assist the community in monitoring their lung health. It is intended to be used as a guide only and is not an authoritative statement. Please consult your doctor for medical opinion or advice.

Breathlessness Assessment Questionnaire

Think of how you feel today compared to 6-12 months ago. Do you get breathless (or feel more breathless), feel faint or dizzy performing ordinary daily activities such as:

Making the bed Yes No
Having a shower Yes No
Doing the washing and hanging it out Yes No
Walking to the corner store or around the supermarket Yes No
Climbing a flight of stairs Yes No
Walking up a gentle incline Yes No
In bed or while lying down Yes No

In the last 6-12 months, have you avoided any activities because they make you short of breath (or have you changed the way you do an activity because it makes you short of breath)? Yes No
In the last 6-12 months, have any of your friends or family commented that you seem out of breath or do things at a slower place? Yes No

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