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Long the stuff of science fiction, the disembodied 'brain in a jar' is providing science fact for researchers, who by studying the whole brains of fruit flies are discovering the inner mechanisms of jet lag.  Researchers present the first real-time imaging of intact circadian neural networks and demonstrate how light shifts disrupt biological clocks.

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Popular non-prescription and prescription medications, including the active ingredient in Benadryl, have been linked to increased risk of developing dementia by a study published in a top-tier medical journal.

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“WHEN SLEEP IS SOUND, HEALTH AND HAPPINESS ABOUND” is the slogan for World Sleep Day 2015 taking place worldwide on March 13th, 2015. Sound sleep is a treasured function and one of the pillars of health, along with a balanced diet and adequate exercise. When sleep fails, health declines. Poor sleep and bad health decrease the quality of life and take happiness away.

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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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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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