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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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A sleep-promoting circuit located deep in the primitive brainstem has revealed how we fall into deep sleep. Discovered by researchers at Harvard School of Medicine and the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, this is only the second "sleep node" identified in the mammalian brain whose activity appears to be both necessary and sufficient to produce deep sleep.  Using designer genes, researchers were able to 'turn on' specific neurons in the brainstem that result in deep sleep.

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Insomnia can cause chronic inflammation, which can lead to weight gain, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and earlier death. This study finds that curing the insomnia reduces the inflammation and hopefully reduces disease. It also found the best way to cure lack of sleep is through the use of a common psychotherapy treatment - cognitive behavioural therapy.

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Getting enough sleep is important to people of any age, but it is especially so for teenagers, with insufficient sleep possibly being linked to obesity as an adult.

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A study is shining new light on a sleep disorder called “sleep drunkenness.” The disorder may be as prevalent as affecting one in every seven people. Sleep drunkenness disorder involves confusion or inappropriate behaviour, such as answering the phone instead of turning off the alarm, during or following arousals from sleep, either during the first part of the night or in the morning. An episode, often triggered by a forced awakening, may even cause violent behaviour during sleep or amnesia of the episode.

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Ever wondered about the effects of binge sleeping? Are naps bad or how long should you nap for? For all these myths debunked follow the link

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Thoracic Services

Outpatient Clinics

Thoracic Services

Brisbane : The Wesley Hospital
Sunshine Coast : Selangor Private Hospital
Toowoomba : Medici Medical Centre



Please contact us for more information on our Outpatient Clinics.

Inpatient Services, The Wesley Hospital

The Wesley Hospital

Inpatient tertiary level care is available for patients with complex thoracic medical disorders, including lung cancer, chronic obstructive lung disorders (emphysema, bronchiectasis), asthma, plus acute care. Patients are admitted via The Wesley Hospital Emergency Centre (WEC).

The Wesley Hospital is the largest private hospital in Queensland. With 430 in-patient beds, the Hospital offers the state's most comprehensive range of private medical facilities. These include the specialties of cardiovascular, neurosurgery, orthopaedics and women’s health. These services are supported by a state-of-the-art intensive care unit, cardiac catheter theatres, 24-hour emergency, renal dialysis, radiology (MRI, spinal CT, PET scanning and nuclear medicine), radiation therapy, pathology, pharmacy services, IVF, haematology and oncology, hyperbaric medicine and neurovascular interventional services.

Bronchoscopy Services

Bronchoscopy evaluation is a technique of visualizing the inside of the airways for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. These are performed in The Wesley Hospital Endoscopy Unit.

As procedural thoracic physicians Dr Andrew Scott and Dr John Feenstra have a very high level of experience in this area.

Bronchoscopy information

The Wesley Lung Function Laboratory

Bulk billed lung function testing, including:

The Wesley Lung Function Laboratory
  • Spirometry
  • Complicated lung function test (Spirometry, CO transfer and lung volumes)
  • Bronchial provocation testing (Mannitol)
  • 6-minute walk testing
  • Allergen skin testing
  • Lung volume and diffusion analysis
  • High altitude simulation testing
  • Fractional expired NO (FeNO) assessments.* 
  • Cardio-pulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET)
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Same day appointment, same day results
  • Our specialist physicians make interpretive comments on every report

*FeNO represents the latest technology in assessing airway inflammation, assisting with optimal management.

The Wesley Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme

'Breathwise', a pulmonary rehabilitation programme based at The Wesley Hospital, focuses on a multi-disciplinary outpatient programme for patients with chronic lung disease, particularly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Find more information on the pulmonary rehabilitation programme.

The Wesley Pulmonary Hypertension Unit

The Wesley Hospital is now a designated Australian treatment centre for Pulmonary Hypertension (PH).

Developed by TSGQ Directors Dr Feenstra and Dr Scott, with Dr David Cross of 'Heartcare Partners', this unit provides optimal care for patients with pulmonary hypertension. Our unit has Federal Government funding for medications including parenteral, inhaled and oral vasoactive agents that act as pulmonary vasodilators to treat this condition. Monotherapy or combination therapy are trialled under the supervision of our treating physicians. For more information on the pulmonary hypertension unit,  Currently the only private hospital facility in Queensland providing this service, and actively involved in international trials.

The Wesley Asbestos Research Group

Unique in Queensland, this research Group seeks to facilitate research and raise awareness of asbestosis and asbestos-related diseases both to the medical fraternity and the general community, with the aims of improving treatment and enhancing the quality of life of those affected. For general information on The Wesley Asbestos Research group.  More information on The Wesley Asbestos Research Group is available from The Wesley Research Institute.

The Wesley Lung Research Centre

In conjunction with local, national and international research centres we are currently enrolling patients in lung research, including COPD, pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer and asthma. For more information please contact us

Educational Services

GP education evenings. Available on request.
Nursing and allied health education
Medical student training : University of Queesland, Griffith University, Bond University Active participation in national and international conferences

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