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Health professionals around the world are becoming alarmed by the rapid growth rate of the e-cigarette industry, with the product being so new to the market that research into their long term health effects does not exist. Talks held in Melbourne by government funded VicHealth highlighted concerns for the unregulated industry overseas targeting the younger population.

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On September 28th someone could die……….Who will be the victim in The Simpsons season 26 premiere “Clown in the Dumps”? Homer Simpson, who has a newly-diagnosed sleep disorder could be a likely candidate. With a portly build and a large neck circumference, television’s most famous cartoon dad has long fit the profile of a person at-risk for sleep apnoea.

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Lack of sleep, already considered a public health epidemic, can also lead to errors in memory.  A new study found that participants deprived of a night’s sleep were more likely to distort the details of a simulated burglary they were shown in a series of images. "People who repeatedly get low amounts of sleep every night could be more prone in the long run to develop these forms of memory distortion," one researcher said. "It's not just a full night of sleep deprivation that puts them at risk."

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Up to 70% of Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients experience sleep problems that negatively impact their quality of life. A new article discusses the underlying causes of sleep problems in PD and describes the most appropriate diagnostic tools and treatment options.

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People diagnosed with depression need to step out for a cigarette twice as often as smokers who are not dealing with a mood disorder. Those who have the hardest time shaking the habit may have more mental health issues than they are actually aware of, research suggests. While the number of Australians who smoke declines, about 40 per cent of depressed people are in need of a regular drag.

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Are you having trouble sleeping, snoring, waking tired or unrefreshed, and becoming excessively sleepy throughout the day? A home based sleep study may be an appropriate option for you. Medicare offers rebates for one (1) home based sleep study per year.

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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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