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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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In a recent US study results indicated that poor sleep may be an early warning sign for addictive and “regretful” behaviour; such as alcohol problems, illicit drug abuse and sexual behaviour. US researchers reviewed the sleep patterns of 6500 adolescents in combination with drug and alcohol habits, between 1994 and 2002.

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Scientists at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) have discovered a link between sleep loss and cell injury. Results of a new study find sleep deprivation causes the damage to cells, especially in the liver, lung, and small intestine. Recovery sleep following deprivation heals the damage.

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New research confirms that sleep disturbances are linked to pain and depression, but not disability, among patients with osteoarthritis (OA).  Results from a new study found that poor sleep increases depression and disability, but does not worsen pain over time.

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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)

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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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