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Study Improving Memory and Learning in People with Down Syndrome

By Stuckey • 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 The medication was used to treat senile dementia and respiratory problems until the 1980s but was withdrawn from the market due to costs involved in regulation changes.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 Stuckey • 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 Stuckey • 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.

Unrecognised health problems in people with Down’s Syndrome

By Stuckey • March 19th, 2014
Unrecognised health problems in people with Down’s Syndrome

As the ability to treat problems associated with Down’s syndrome has improved, the life of people with Down’s syndrome has improved remarkably. Yet many people with Down’s syndrome have health problems that are either unidentified or not being treated correctly. Being vigilant in managing the healthcare of a person with Down’s syndrome can optimise not only their physical health but also their mental and social wellbeing. Some common problems that are overlooked in the health of people with Down’s syndrome are: Thyroid problems Thyroid issues occur in around 10% of people with Down’s syndrome. Most people with Down’s syndrome have […]

Coeliac Disease and Bone Health: A New Study Looking for Your Help

By Stuckey • March 12th, 2014
Coeliac Disease and Bone Health: A New Study Looking for Your Help

We know that there are several factors which may lead to weak bones or osteoporosis, including difficulty absorbing nutrients and minerals such as calcium. Sometimes a low bone density is the only sign that the gut is not absorbing properly. For this reason the Keogh Institute for Medical Research is investigating bone health and osteoporosis treatment in coeliac disease.  This is an on-line questionnaire which should take only 15 minutes to complete. It has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. You don’t need to have coeliac disease to participate in this study. The […]

A First Class study of genes in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

By Stuckey • February 11th, 2014
A First Class study of genes in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Because we know that PCOS seems to run in families, researchers are always looking for genes which might be responsible. Researchers in China found alterations in 3 genes which seemed to be connected to the condition. Samantha Liew has been awarded a 1st Class Honours degree for her study that examined these genetic alterations in mothers and daughters who both have PCOS. Samantha found that Keogh Institute study participants with PCOS did not have the same genetic pattern as the Chinese women.  Perhaps this is because they are of European, rather than Chinese, heritage.  However, she did find a possible […]

Why clinical trials?

By Swish • December 4th, 2013

In order to get a medication approved for the treatment of a condition, there is a need for the company to show that it is both effective and safe. Prior to this requirement medications were often released onto the market that were neither. Although the examples of medications lacking safety such as thalidomide are what most people remember, an ineffective medication can be just as dangerous. Many people have died due to ineffective medication for conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and cancers. Many more have suffered side effects for medications that were of no benefit. To prevent this, pharmaceutical […]

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