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Clinical Trial Outcome: Peyronie’s Disease

By Jocelyn Tan • February 17th, 2015

Peyronie’s disease is a disorder where scar tissue forms in the soft tissue of the penis. This  plaque most commonly results in curvature or indentation and can also lead to erectile dysfunction, pain and loss of length. In the past, treatments for the condition consisted of either surgery which was unappealing to men or vitamin E treatment which was mostly unsuccessful. In 2011 to 2013, the Keogh Institute under the direction of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals ran a study on Peyronie’s disease.  The study was considered successful with 75% of men with the condition having a clinically meaningful improvement in curvature. The […]

Finding good medical information online

By Jocelyn Tan • February 4th, 2015
Finding good medical information online

With the rising cost of healthcare and increasing digital information, it is becoming more common for people to investigate their symptoms online before seeking expert advice. This is particularly common for issues of a sexual nature which people may not want to approach their doctor about. There is ample good information available on the internet, however there is also a lot of misinformation. Use of the wrong information, particularly for self-diagnosis or self-medication can lead to inappropriate treatment of your condition, which can result in serious consequences. Used carefully online information can be a benefit to your health, however you […]

Who to see about PCOS

By Jocelyn Tan • January 20th, 2015

A question we often get from women with PCOS is whether there is anyone additional they should be seeing for proper management of their condition. This is a difficult question as it depends of whom they are seeing and what their symptoms are. The most important thing for the care of a woman with PCOS is that they see a doctor who understands both them and their condition. PCOS is a highly variable condition that changes with the same person throughout their life. Symptoms of the condition will become more of an issue as a woman enters various lifestages. For […]

Women with disabilities: Hormones and bone health

By Jocelyn Tan • December 3rd, 2014

Women with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual difficulties, have very particular needs  in regards to their hormones and bone strength. Many of these women are distressed by their periods or by the requirement for additional care it requires. To prevent this distress, many women use hormonal treatments to prevent their periods from occurring. Unfortunately, long term use of hormonal treatments can be damaging to bone strength. For most women this is not problematic, however combined with the use of other medications, wheelchair use, an absence of weight bearing exercise and institutionalization can be disastrous for bone strength and result in […]

The outcome of sperm donation

By Jocelyn Tan • December 2nd, 2014

Sperm donation is a wonderful gift to give a couple. Sperm donations are only used if the male has insufficient healthy sperm to create a pregnancy. As such it provides a couple with the only possible way for them to have a pregnancy and, aside from adoption, the only way to have a child. Many sperm donors are interested to find out if their donation ever resulted in a pregnancy. Although we know whether the donations resulted in a pregnancy and are often contacted after the baby is born. We often do not hear much more after that. So we […]

Protecting your health after menopause

By Jocelyn Tan • October 22nd, 2014

The International Menopause society has put out a report bringing awareness to the fact that the period following the menopause is a vital time to take preventative steps to protect your health. In the decade following the menopause, women become vulnerable to a variety of chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, cognitive decline (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease) and cancer. Many of these conditions occur simply because of increasing age however some worsen after menopause due the sudden halt of oestrogen production. As such medical consultation along with possible treatment can complement lifestyle changes in protecting your future health.   Common Conditions […]

The Keogh is Redecorating

By Jocelyn Tan • September 24th, 2014
The Keogh is Redecorating

You will soon be noticing some new changes in the Keogh! Past visitors will be aware of the dated appearance of our surroundings. We had been delaying any changes due to an expected move. However as it now appears we will not be moving we have decided to have redecoration of our rooms and waiting area. Friend of the Keogh; Jude Newberry from Funky Spaces will be organizing the redecoration which will take place over the next few months.

Study Improving Memory and Learning in People with Down Syndrome

By Jocelyn Tan • August 19th, 2014

This month an article was published in the Australian Women’s Weekly on a world wide study on cognitive functioning in people with Down’s Syndrome. We are currently running the study at the Keogh institute. The study aims to see if a medication can increase language ability, learning and memory in people with Down’s Syndrome. The medication was used to treat senile dementia and respiratory problems until the 1980s but was withdrawn from the market due to costs involved in regulation changes. New evidence has now shown that the medication can active non-performing connections of specific receptors in the brain. The […]

What’s in your herbal treatment

By Kimr • August 12th, 2014
What’s in your herbal treatment

So often people are taking herbal remedies for menopause, for fertility or for erectile dysfunction and don’t know exactly what is in them. In this month’s Australian Family Physician journal there is a cautionary tale. A patient seeking fertility had been prescribed multiple herbal preparations by an Ayurvedic herbal practitioner.  She presented with shortness of breath, palpitations and joint pains. She was found to have a serious anaemia and an analysis of the herbal preparations revealed high levels of lead, mercury, arsenic and chromium.  She required chelation therapy to “mop up” the heavy metal levels in her body and the […]

Preventing Diabetes

By Jocelyn Tan • June 26th, 2014

Interested in knowing what you can do to prevent diabetes. Have a look at this video and go to T4DM or contact Lee on 9346 2008 for more details.

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