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Murdoch Sleep Centre now open

Do you have difficulty getting to sleep? Or trouble getting back to sleep? Do you snore? Are you very tired during the day? The new Murdoch Sleep Centre at St John of God Murdoch Hospital is now open to provide accurate diagnosis and find the best way to help you overcome your sleeping difficulties. The new Sleep Centre, a collaboration with…

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Snoring can indicate a serious issue

Snoring and night time wakefulness are sometimes caused by a physical problem known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Snoring is caused by the narrowing of the upper airway. The transition to OSA occurs when the airway collapses. Sleep Physician Dr Scott Phung from Wexford Sleep says snoring, combined with unexplained tiredness and interrupted sleep, can be often attributed to OSA. “OSA interrupts…

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Getting a good night’s shut eye

We all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep. If we don’t, it can negatively affect our cognitive functioning, our moods, our relationships and many other aspects of our lives. Insomnia is defined as the inability to get to sleep or stay asleep, including early morning waking. It can affect all age groups, such as new mothers whose…

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Better ways to breathe

Research has revealed the health of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) improves significantly when treated with appropriate medications. One of the researchers, Professor Peter Bremner from St John of God Murdoch Hospital, says the aim of the research was to improve the health outcomes for patients, whilst also minimizing side effects. “We set out to find the best way to…

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Treatment for respiratory condition has great outcomes

Breathing difficulties can have a significant impact on a patient’s quality of life and if untreated, can reduce life expectancy. The good news is that many respiratory illnesses are reversible and there are ways to reduce symptoms and improve overall health. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to diagnose people with emphysema, bronchitis or a combination of the…

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What’s the difference between COPD and asthma?

Because asthma and COPD have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to distinguish between the two conditions. Respiratory Physician Professor Peter Bremner says airway narrowing occurs in both diseases and sometimes people with COPD also have asthma. “The inflammatory process leading to airway narrowing differs between asthma and COPD,” Professor Bremner says. “Furthermore, in emphysema, there is destruction of the lung tissue.”…

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Restoring flow to bring rapid relief

From the age of about 40, men will start to develop changes associated with an enlarging prostate and may suffer from symptoms such as frequent urination, difficulty starting and a weak urine flow, urgency and incomplete bladder emptying. An enlarged prostate, known as a benign prostatic hyperplasia (or BPH), is a condition in which the prostate changes shape and size and narrows, blocking…