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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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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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