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Sleep apnoea may make it hard for you to remember simple things, such as where you parked your car or left your house keys, a small study suggests.

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Researchers believe that disrupted circadian clocks are the reason that shift workers experience higher incidences of type 2 diabetes, obesity and cancer. The body's primary circadian clock, which regulates sleep and eating, is in the brain. But other body tissues also have circadian clocks, including the liver, which regulates blood glucose levels.

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In recent research is has been found that disruption to rapid eye-movement (REM) sleep caused by sleep apnoea, may affect an individual’s capacity to form new spatial memories.

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Office workers with more light exposure at work had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace.

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Can you be sleep deprived without knowing it? Sleep is not always prioritised however the implications can be devastating. Even one night sleep deprived can be impacting your body on a variety of different levels; physically and psychologically. The only way to know if you are getting consolidated sleep is to monitor with specialised equipment what is happening when you are asleep.

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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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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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