Things that go ‘snort’ in the night: Towards effective new therapies for sleep apnoea

I remember the first time I saw someone stop breathing during sleep. After a prolonged pause they suddenly gasped for air only to fall back asleep and stop breathing once again. Like me, if you have ever witnessed someone suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), it’s hard to imagine how these individuals can function at all during the day given […]

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NeuRA’s inkblot test

What do you see when you look at the new NeuRA building? With so many interesting angles, a smattering of colour and continuous curves, from some perspectives the NeuRA building can appear a Rorsarch test – the psychological test that asks for your interpretation of inkblots. In his blog, exuberant maths teacher Mr Zuber from Randwick Girls’ High School, said […]

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Could immunological mechanisms trigger neurodegeneration in frontotemporal dementia?

Frontotemporal dementia (FTD)  is the second most common degenerative disease causing dementia in younger adults, with onset typically occurring in the 50s or 60s. In FTD, damage to brain cells begins in the frontal and/or temporal lobes of the brain, which often results in personality and behavioural changes or losing the ability to speak or understand language. When conveying a […]

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“Sundowner”…play explores the relationships of memory and of family.

I attended the opening of “Sundowner” at Parramatta Riverside Theatre last night. Directed by Kate Denborough and starring Helen Morse, its the story of a writer in her late 50s who has young onset dementia. A strong and compelling performance with moments of raw emotion and of tender poignance, the play explores the relationships of memory and of family. What […]

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Beyond motor symptoms in MND

Motor neurone disease (MND), as discussed in previous posts, is not a disease of pure motor symptoms. MND can also affect one’s ability to perform complex judgments (e.g. financial decision-making) and leads to changes in behaviour (e.g. a person once very active and driven can become apathetic). These non-motor symptoms and behavioural changes often go unrecognised and underdiagnosed. In a […]

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