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The Wall Street Journal reported recently on the topic of sleep deprivation as to which cities around the World are the most and least sleep deprived. Brisbane leads the way with the earliest bed time and earliest wake up time.

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According to new research, risk of being obese by age 21 was 20 percent higher among 16-year-olds who got less than six hours of sleep a night, compared with their peers who slumbered more than eight hours.

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As we get older there is a strong relationship between reduced amount and quality of sleep. Recent research has found specific cluster of neurons that have linked insomnia and more sleep fragmentation. The reduction of these neurons can be from normal aging but has also been seen in Alzheimers disease.

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A bedtime routine might sound like something that's only necessary for the grade-school set, but following a nightly schedule can greatly improve the sleep of adults, too. Sleep experts recommend establishing a bedtime routine, both to calm and relax you as you get ready to sleep and so you aren't inadvertently giving yourself jet lag.

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Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and elsewhere, using a mouse model, have recorded the activity of individual nerve cells in a small part of the brain that works as a "switchboard," directing signals coming from the outside world or internal memories. Because human brain disorders such as schizophrenia, autism and post-traumatic stress disorder typically show disturbances in that switchboard, the investigators say the work suggests new strategies in understanding and treating them.

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The death rate from asthma in Australia has fallen by almost 70 per cent since the 1980s, according to a new report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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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)

psleepanddriving
       

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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