A UK mum has spoken out about the rare medical condition that caused her to rack up a hefty online shopping bill — while fast asleep.Kelly Knipes, 37, from Essex in England, first noticed a problem seven years ago, shortly after her first child was born.She told UK tabloid The Mirror that around that time, she began waking up in the morning to find receipts for strange purchases she had no memory of making.Over the years, she believes she has spent around £3000 ($A5571), including hundreds of dollars’ worth of lollies, several cookie jars worth £58 ($A107) and even, on one occasion, a “full-size plastic basketball court” that arrived in a truck.“I bought a full-size basketball court from eBay, and when it turned up at my house the next day, I just refused delivery,” she told the publication.“I would never actually have to put any credit card details when I was buying things online because it was all saved on my phone.“It was all … [Read more...] about Woman’s rare sleep disorder behind night-time shopping sprees
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SLEEP apnoea is a serious sleeping disorder and it can cause some serious health complications. Here's everything you need to know about it.. What exactly is sleep apnoea? Sleep apnoea causes breathing to repeatedly stop and re-start when you're asleep. There are multiple different kinds of sleep apnoea, but the most common one is called obstructive sleep apnoea. This is when throat muscles intermittently relax and block the airways when you're asleep. Depending on the severity of the case, sometimes sleep apnoea may need to be treated with surgery. On World Sleep Day 2019, the World Sleep Society explained sleep apnoea can lead to long-term health effects such as hypertension, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. What are the different symptoms? There are a load of different symptoms linked to sleep apnoea but some of the most obvious are loud snoring and abrupt awakenings followed by gasping and choking. Night time sweating, morning headaches, high blood pressure and a decreased … [Read more...] about What is sleep apnoea? What are the symptoms, how is tested and can you get a machine on the NHS?
When two-year old Sienna Wilson suddenly developed a fever in the middle of the night the first thing her parents, Kate and David, suspected was malaria. When the doctor arrived in the morning he agreed. He began treating her accordingly. Hours later, unconscious and in a critical condition, Sienna was airlifted to a private hospital in Lusaka. Only then was she diagnosed with pneumonia. According to Dr Stefan Peterson, the leading expert on pneumonia for UNICEF, Sienna’s case is typical – lack of investment and the absence of any global initiatives, such as those seen for malaria or HIV, mean thousands of pneumonia cases are misdiagnosed and mistreated each year. In many of these cases the sufferer, usually a child, does not survive. “It's a perfect storm,” says Dr Peterson. “A lack of attention from governments and global organisations, a lack of research.” A study by the University of Southampton recently found that … [Read more...] about Pneumonia: how the world’s biggest killer of children became a neglected disease