Focus on Allergy

Focus on Allergy

Episodes

  • Are We Overdiagnosing Certain Food Allergies?

    Jun 23, 2014 | 15 min
    Hosted by: Jennifer Shu Guest: David Fleischer Wheat, eggs, milk, peanuts and other nuts, soybeans and seafood: all of these can be an integral part of a balanced, healthy diet for growing children. Instead, many are off-limits for an increasing number of children diagnosed with food allergies. Though the rise in food allergies is certainly worrisome, we're learning that some food allergies may actually be misdiagnosed. Host Dr. Jennifer Shu welcomes Dr. David Fleischer, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and National Jewish Health in Denver, for a conversation about how we can improve our capacity to accurately assess food allergies, and help ...
  • Changes in Public Perception of Vaccines

    Jun 23, 2014 | 15 min
    Hosted by: Jennifer Shu Guest: Paul Offit Vaccines have been described as one of the greatest medical advances in history. Yet some segments of the population view them as a potential vehicle for causing more harm than good to young patients. What led to this change in perception about vaccines, and how can physicians best counsel patients who harbor concerns? For answers to these critical questions and much more, Dr. Jennifer Shu welcomes one of the foremost figures in the debate over vaccine safety, Dr. Paul Offit, chief of the division of infectious diseases and director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Va...
  • Physicians at Odds With an Alternative Vaccine Schedule

    Jun 16, 2014 | 15 min
    Hosted by: Jennifer Shu Guest: Paul Offit Most parents support the immunization of their kids according to the recommended vaccine schedule. But increasing numbers are choosing to forgo this routine entirely or follow an alternative vaccine schedule. How are these vaccine practices impacting the health of our young patients and more broadly, the health of the general public? Host Dr. Jennifer Shu examines the key questions surrounding the alternative vaccine schedules and how to guide young patients and their families through this process, with Dr. Paul Offit, chief of the division of infectious diseases and director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia,...
  • Top Tips for Environmental Control and Triggers at Home

    Jun 16, 2014 | 15 min
    Hosted by: Todd Mahr Guest: James Sublett Indoor allergens can exacerbate or trigger allergic or asthmatic responses. What effect do carpeting, cleaning solutions, pets, and humidifiers have on indoor environments? Dr. James Sublett, clinical professor and section chief of pediatric allergy at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, offers tips on creating safer homes for patients with allergies. Dr. Todd Mahr hosts.
  • Diagnosing and Treating Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disease

    Jun 9, 2014 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Todd Mahr Guest: Jonathan Spergel One of the most common and frequently misdiagnosed eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases is eosinophilic esophagitis. When should a physician suspect eosinophilic esophagitis, and how can it be accurately diagnosed? How significant a factor is diet in such disorders? Dr. Jonathan Spergel, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, delves into the potential causes of eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases with host Dr. Todd Mahr.
  • The Diagnosis and Management of Anaphylaxis

    Jun 2, 2014 | 15 min
    Hosted by: Ketan Sheth Guest: Richard Nicklas What are the scenarios that characterize anaphylaxis, according to the National Institute of Health? Dr. Richard Nicklas, clinical professor of medicine at George Washington University Medical Center, discusses the manifestations of anaphylaxis and how physicians can best manage patients with a history of anaphylaxis. Dr. Ketan Sheth hosts.
  • Asthma Risk Factors: Trends Beyond the Hygiene Hypothesis

    Jun 2, 2014 | 15 min
    Hosted by: Jennifer Shu Guest: Harold S. Nelson The incidence of asthma has doubled in the past two decades, though the cause of this rise is difficult to pinpoint. While the hygiene hypothesis has, for years, served as one possible explanation, newer studies show a possible link between asthma and vitamin levels or exposure to certain chemicals or medications. How might this knowledge help us prevent the development of asthma, and what research still needs to be performed to determine the key factors here, and put an end to the increasing incidence of asthma? Dr. Harold Nelson, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and National Jewish Health hospital in Denv...
  • Delivering Asthma Drugs With Nanoparticles

    Jun 2, 2014 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Bruce Japsen Guest: Rob Neville Despite medical advancements in drugs and delivery devices for asthma and allergy sufferers, some patients are not getting appropriate dosages. But new advances are being worked on that could improve care for many through nanotechnology. Rob Neville, executive chairman of Savara Pharmaceuticals, tells host Bruce Japsen about the use of nanotechnology as an emerging way to administer drugs more effectively for improved respiratory care.
  • Antifungal Treatment for Asthma

    Jun 2, 2014 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Maurice Pickard Guest: John Heffner Do allergies to various types of fungi trigger worsening of asthma? Are patients with severe asthma sensitive to certain species of fungus more than others? Dr. John Heffner, professor of medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University, discusses how patients with asthma might benefit from antifungal agents. Does off-label use of itraconazole for patients with severe asthma require long-term adherence for optimal asthma control? Dr. Maurice Pickard hosts.
  • How Food Allergies Affect Quality of Life

    Jun 2, 2014 | 15 min
    Hosted by: Todd Mahr Guest: Anne Muñoz-Furlong How does a food allergy diagnosis impact a patient's quality of life? What can physicians do to help patients cope with food allergies? Host Dr. Todd Mahr asks Anne Muñoz-Furlong, founder and CEO of the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, about the challenges facing patients with food allergies. How can physicians and families navigate the management of a toddler or teenager with food allergies?
  • Counseling Parents Who Refuse to Vaccinate their Children

    Jun 24, 2013 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Lisa Dandrea Lenell Guest: Christina Robohm How does a PA handle the situation when a parent does not want to vaccinate their child? Christina Robohm, physician assistant and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado at Denver, tackles this growing issue with host Lisa Dandrea Lenell. The two discuss how PAs make sure parents receive accurate information in order to make an informed decision whether or not they want their children to receive vaccinations, the pros and cons of not vaccinating, and what it means for other children around them and the community at large. They also look at the controversy over vaccinations and autism.
  • Examining Proton Pump Inhibitors for Asthma

    Jun 24, 2013 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Lee Freedman Guest: Robert Wise What evidence links gastroesophogeal reflux to worsened asthma, and does prescribing a proton pump inhibitor to patients with asthma help alleviate their asthma symptoms? Dr. Robert Wise, professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, discusses the role of proton pump inhibitors for patients with asthma. In patients with poorly controlled asthma and asymptomatic reflux, is a proton pump inhibitor beneficial?
  • Growth Effects of Allergy and Asthma Medications

    Jun 24, 2013 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Ketan Sheth Guest: David P. Skoner Is there evidence that suggests corticosteroids used to treat asthma might affect growth? Are growth effects from using inhaled or intranasal steroids to control asthma or allergic rhinitis a significant concern? Dr. David Skoner, professor of pediatrics at the Drexel University College of Medicine, discusses the challenges of evaluating the systemic effects of these medications, and suggests what physicians can do to minimize the risk of growth effects when using corticosteroids. Dr. Ketan Sheth hosts.
  • Caring for Under-Served Communities With Asthma

    Jun 17, 2013 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Ketan Sheth Guest: Michael Foggs In what populations is asthma becoming more prevalent, and is asthma becoming a significant public health issue? How can physicians better care for under-served communities with a prevalence of asthma? Dr. Michael Foggs, chief of allergy, asthma, and immunology at Advocate Health Centers, discusses the impact of asthma on under-served communities, and how physicians can be mindful of related socioeconomic issues. Hosted by Dr. Ketan Sheth.
  • Coming Soon: More Targeted Oral Asthma Therapies

    Jun 17, 2013 | 15 min
    Hosted by: Bruce Japsen Guest: Bob Baltera Asthma remains a difficult disease to treat and control, with a large portion of the patient population not receiving adequate treatment options. But next-generation therapies are targeting this inflammation by being more targeted, getting at the root of the pathways that play a larger role in the disease. Bob Baltera, chief executive officer of Amira Pharmaceuticals, tells host Bruce Japsen about developments in more targeted therapies.
  • “9-11 Cough” & Persistent Lung Ailments

    Jun 17, 2013 | 15 min
    Hosted by: Shira Johnson Guest: Norman Edelman More than 40 thousand people, including fire and rescue workers, were exposed to toxic dust in the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City in September, 2001. Fast-forward more than a decade, and nearly a quarter of those first responders still have breathing issues. Dr. Norman Edelman, chief medical officer of the American Lung Association, joins host Dr. Shira Johnson to disuss what needs to be done for those who continue to suffer, as well as how children living in nearby neighborhoods have also been affected. The two also look at air quality and allergy and its affect on Americans.
  • Stress and the Immune System

    Jun 17, 2013 | 15 min
    Hosted by: Todd Mahr Guest: Gailen D. Marshall The media often report about the effect of stress on the immune system. What research supports the idea that certain individuals are more susceptible to stress than others, and how can physicians recognize patients who might be experiencing an immunological response to stress? What mechanisms might link rhinitis, asthma and chronic urticaria to stress? Dr. Gailen Marshall, professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, discusses the fascinating relationship between a patient's mental state and immunity. Dr. Todd Mahr hosts.
  • Physicians at Odds With an Alternative Vaccine Schedule

    Jun 10, 2013 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Jennifer Shu Guest: Paul Offit Most parents support the immunization of their kids according to the recommended vaccine schedule. But increasing numbers are choosing to forgo this routine entirely or follow an alternative vaccine schedule. How are these vaccine practices impacting the health of our young patients and more broadly, the health of the general public? Host Dr. Jennifer Shu examines the key questions surrounding the alternative vaccine schedules and how to guide young patients and their families through this process, with Dr. Paul Offit, chief of the division of infectious diseases and director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia,...
  • Diagnosing and Treating Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disease

    Jun 10, 2013 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Todd Mahr Guest: Jonathan Spergel One of the most common and frequently misdiagnosed eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases is eosinophilic esophagitis. When should a physician suspect eosinophilic esophagitis, and how can it be accurately diagnosed? How significant a factor is diet in such disorders? Dr. Jonathan Spergel, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, delves into the potential causes of eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases with host Dr. Todd Mahr.
  • How Food Allergies Affect Quality of Life

    Jun 3, 2013 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Todd Mahr Guest: Anne Muñoz-Furlong How does a food allergy diagnosis impact a patient's quality of life? What can physicians do to help patients cope with food allergies? Host Dr. Todd Mahr asks Anne Muñoz-Furlong, founder and CEO of the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, about the challenges facing patients with food allergies. How can physicians and families navigate the management of a toddler or teenager with food allergies?

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