What Asthma Can Teach Us!

It’s World Asthma Day today so a perfect time to look back, reflect and take stock! the word “asthma” originates from Greek meaning short of breath the standard treatment for hundreds of years was coffee – it contains the natural anti-asthmatic compound theobromine (also found in chocolate, cola and tea) Sir William Osler, considered to be the […]

Sleep apnoea during pregnancy associated with poorer child health and learning

Researchers were surprised to find that sleep breathing disorders such as snoring and sleep apnoea during pregnancy have dramatic effects on children. The study by Bin et al. was published recently at the annual conference of the Australasian Sleep Association. The researchers followed 209 infants born to mum’s with sleep apnoea and tracked mortality and hospitalisations […]

More than 50% of Children are Misdiagnosed as Asthmatic

A recent British study suggests that many people are routinely misdiagnosed as asthmatic. More than one million children have been diagnosed with asthma in Britain, but the new study suggests more than half may not have the chronic lung condition and could be at risk from the side effects of their medication. Over-diagnoses leads to […]

Make the connection – Chronic fatigue and breathing dysfunction

What is chronic fatigue? There is a great deal of confusion and disagreement in the medical world about how to diagnose and treat chronic fatigue. Chronic fatigue is characterised primarily by low energy levels (poor stamina) and slow recovery after exertion. Secondary symptoms are feelings of ill-health, muscle pain and weakness, sleep disturbance, recurrent infection, […]