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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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Thoracic Radiology

Pulmonary Fibrosis Part I

photo_pulmonary_fibrosisIn this article a practical approach is given for the interpretation of high resolution CT (HRCT) examinations. We will discuss the following subjects:

  1. Anatomy of the secondary lobule
  2. Basic HRCT patterns
  3. Distribution of abnormalities
  4. Differential diagnosis of interstitial lung diseases
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Pulmonary Fibrosis Part II

photo_pulmonaryfibrosis_2In this review we present the key findings in the most common interstitial lung diseases. There are numerous interstitial lung diseases, but in clinical practice only about ten diseases account for approximately 90% of cases

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Lung Cancer Part 1

photo_lungcancer_nodesIn 2009 a new Lung cancer lymph node map was proposed by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC). In this article we provide illustrations and CT-images for a better understanding of this IASLC lymph node map.

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Lung Cancer Part II

photo_lungcancer_nsclcLungcancer is classified into two categories: small cell lung cancer (SCLC) and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). NSCLC is a group of primary lung neoplasms with the same staging system and therapy and can be cured with surgical resection if it is in an early stage.

In this review we will discuss:

  1. TNM-classification
  2. T-staging with CT
  3. N- and M-staging with CT
  4. PET-CT


The Solitary Pulmonary Nodule (solitary 'mass')

photo_solitary_noduleThe differential diagnosis of a solitary pulmonary nodule is broad and management depends on whether the lesion is benign or malignant. In this overview we will discuss some of the new features that can help to differentiate between benign and malignant nodules based upon CT and PET-CT findings.

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Mediastinal Masses

photo_mediastinalmassThis review will focus on how to narrow down the differential diagnosis of mediastinal lesions by localizing and characterizing them.

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