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In what may be the largest study of sleep problems among individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers at UC Davis have found that widely undiagnosed sleep disorders may be at the root of the most common and disabling symptom of the disease: fatigue. Study paticipant reports of sleep disorder frequency, sleep patterns and complaints of excessive daytime sleepiness suggest that sleep problems may be a hidden epidemic in the MS population.

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A sleep-promoting circuit located deep in the primitive brainstem has revealed how we fall into deep sleep. Discovered by researchers at Harvard School of Medicine and the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, this is only the second "sleep node" identified in the mammalian brain whose activity appears to be both necessary and sufficient to produce deep sleep.  Using designer genes, researchers were able to 'turn on' specific neurons in the brainstem that result in deep sleep.

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Insomnia can cause chronic inflammation, which can lead to weight gain, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and earlier death. This study finds that curing the insomnia reduces the inflammation and hopefully reduces disease. It also found the best way to cure lack of sleep is through the use of a common psychotherapy treatment - cognitive behavioural therapy.

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Getting enough sleep is important to people of any age, but it is especially so for teenagers, with insufficient sleep possibly being linked to obesity as an adult.

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A study is shining new light on a sleep disorder called “sleep drunkenness.” The disorder may be as prevalent as affecting one in every seven people. Sleep drunkenness disorder involves confusion or inappropriate behaviour, such as answering the phone instead of turning off the alarm, during or following arousals from sleep, either during the first part of the night or in the morning. An episode, often triggered by a forced awakening, may even cause violent behaviour during sleep or amnesia of the episode.

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Ever wondered about the effects of binge sleeping? Are naps bad or how long should you nap for? For all these myths debunked follow the link

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Current trials

Patients needed for patent 1, patent 2 and chest clinical trials

PATENT 1, PATENT 2 and CHEST trials are currently underway at the Wesley Pulmonary Hypertension Unit and new patients are required.  We are trialing Riociuguat - a direct stimulator of the soluable Guanylate Cyclase which plays a significant role in the nitric oxide pathway and is intended for the treatment of PH. The trial is in association with Bayer and Wesley Research Institute.

In PATENT 1 & 2 trials, the patient can already be on therapy with an endothelin receptor antagonists (bosentan, sitaxentan or ambrisetan) or naïve to PAH therapy.

The CHEST trial is using the same agent for non-operable chronic thromboembolic disease related PAH.  (CTEPH)

We are accepting patients now for these trials by referral.

About The Wesley Pulmonary Hypertension Unit

The Wesley Pulmonary Hypertension Unit (WPHU) has established itself as one of the largest specialised treatment centres in Queensland.  In just 18 months of operation, the clinic has reviewed patients for treatment and have been actively enrolling patients into international clinical trials.  The treatment programs include monotherapy and combination treatments in keeping with the best available therapies for PAH.

Treatments Available

All PBS funded medications for monotherapy

Combination therapy – funded or via clinical trials

Clinical Trials with WRI

PATENT 1 and 2 trials

CHEST trial

Diagnostic Procedures

Cardiac Catherterisation
Nuclear imaging
MRI and CT
Echocardiograms
Complex Lung Testing CPET
Diagnostic Sleep Studies
6 MWT


The Wesley Pulmonary Hypertension Unit multidisciplinary team includes:

Dr John Feenstra
Thoracic and Sleep Physician
P:  (07) 3876 9033
F:  (07) 3871 3222
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Dr Andrew Scott
Thoracic and Sleep Physician
P:  (07) 3876 8405
F:  (07) 3870 3212
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Dr David Cross
Cardiologist
P:  (07) 3858 8600
F:   (07) 3870 4917
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Helen Woodhouse, CNC
WPHU Coordinator
P:  0404 650 281
F:  (07) 3871 3222
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