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Posts Tagged ‘research’

Clinical trials are safe, but you can make them safer

By Jocelyn Tan • January 20th, 2016

You may have seen the news that a clinical trial participant in France has died and that 4 others were hospitalised.   This is obviously a terrible event, our understanding is it was unexpected and authorities are working to determine if there was any wrongdoing. The question on many of our patient’s minds may be was this an isolated event or are clinical trials inherently unsafe? The answer is a bit of both. Events such as what happened in France are rare. Such an event had never before happened in France and worldwide the last similar incident was 9 years ago. However […]

Coeliac Disease: New research indicates it is a silent cause of bone loss

By Jocelyn Tan • October 7th, 2015

Preliminary findings from the Keogh Institute’s study into osteoporosis and coeliac disease have been presented at the Australasian Menopause Society’s 2015 conference. The study has reaffirmed that coeliac disease can act silently and present via other medical conditions. Although it is considered that people with coeliac disease should be presented via gastric symptoms, our study found this not to be the case. In fact, nearly half of our participants with coeliac disease did not recognise any symptoms prior to diagnosis. When coeliac disease continues untreated damage occurs to the digestive system which prevents nutrients from being absorbed. This chronic malabsorption can result in a […]

Volunteers needed to investigate the link between coeliac disease and osteoporosis

By Jocelyn Tan • May 10th, 2015

Researchers at the Keogh Institute for Medical Research are looking for volunteers to help them explore the link between coeliac disease and osteoporosis. People with coeliac disease are known to be at increased risk of osteoporosis due to their poor absorption of nutrients. There is little known however about the effect of coeliac disease on osteoporosis and its treatments once it has developed. This may mean that people with osteoporosis and coeliac disease are being given inappropriate treatments or that their bones continue to deteriorate despite treatment. To help to fill this gap, the Keogh Institute is doing a survey […]