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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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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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