Interviews with the leading scientists and innovators, hosted by Global Parents for Eczema Research (GPER), a non-profit led by parents of children with eczema.
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Pollution to pollen, floods to fires: how does climate change affect children with sensitive skin?
Our skin protects us from our environment, and global warming is changing that environment. In turn, new research suggests this changing environment can alter our skin. In this episode we explore the impact climate change has on children with eczema and allergies. Our guests are: Dr. Mary Prunicki, Director of Air Pollution and Health Research at the Sean N Parker Centre for Allergy and Asthma Research, Stanford University; Dr. Marc Rothenberg, Director of Allergy and Immunology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital; Dr. April Schachtel, chief of dermatology for the VA Puget Sound healthcare system in Washington State; and Dr. Markus Boos, pediatric dermatologist at Seattle Children's Hospital. (Please consider supporting our podcast, with a tax deductible https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?id=3andname=E357477 (donation)).
Topical Steroids: Game changer or double-edged sword? What does the research say?
Topical corticosteroids (TCS) use is controversial in our community and generates a lot of concern among caregivers. Yet, it is the mainstay of eczema treatment for children and nearly every child who sees a doctor for eczema is likely using topical steroids. TCS do usually help with eczema symptoms, but it can be hard to wean off them and then there are side effects. In the first segment, we talk with dermatologist Dr. Steven Feldman from Wake Forest Baptist in North Carolina and two eczema parents who had very different experiences with topical corticosteroids. In the second segment, we discuss the very latest findings on steroid use with UK dermatology nurse Sandra Lawton who is a contributing author on the 2022 Cochrane Review, "What is the best way to use topical corticosteroids to treat people with eczema". (Please consider supporting our podcast, with a tax deductible donation) https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?id=3andname=E357477 (https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?id=3andname=E357477)
Research related to this episode:
What is the best way to use topical corticosteroids to treat people with eczema? https://www.cochrane.org/CD013356/SKIN_what-best-way-use-topical-corticosteroids-treat-people-eczema (https://www.cochrane.org/CD013356/SKIN_what-best-way-use-topical-corticosteroids-treat-people-eczema)
Combined antibiotic, steroid and moisturizer for atopic dermatitis https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pde.14458 (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pde.14458)
Topical steroid withdrawal reactions: a review of the evidence https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/topical-steroid-withdrawal-reactions-a-review-of-the-evidence/topical-steroid-withdrawal-reactions-a-review-of-the-evidence?fbclid=IwAR0SERPj4RVykRAf9SRJ2BIRGUq1_NbiZ34hE_5BDxdzPrfmsrGDAcCN9VE (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/topical-steroid-withdrawal-reactions-a-review-of-the-evidence/topical-steroid-withdrawal-reactions-a-review-of-the-evidence?fbclid=IwAR0SERPj4RVykRAf9SRJ2BIRGUq1_NbiZ34hE_5BDxdzPrfmsrGDAcCN9VE)
Do we dare dream of a future where eczema and food allergies can be prevented?
Eczema and food allergy are closely intertwined, particularly when it comes to questions of prevention. We know that eczema tends to be the first condition to emerge in the atopic march and there is growing evidence that controlling eczema may actually prevent some of these downstream conditions. Likewise, if we can learn how to prevent eczema so that it never manifested in the first place, we may be able to prevent all of the conditions in the atopic march: food allergies, asthma and allergic rhinitis. Find out more on this episode, hosted in partnership with the Food Allergy Fund 2022 Summit, with guests Dr. Peck Ong from Keck School of Medicine, Dr. Aikaterini Anagnostou from Baylor College of Medicine, and Dr. Jessica Hui from National Jewish Health as we delve into how to prevent atopic conditions, starting with eczema. P.S. If you like our podcast, consider supporting it with a tax deductible https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?id=3andname=E357477 (donation).
Are all moisturizers for eczema created equal? The answer appears to be no!
Are certain types of moisturizers better than others for eczema? What is the best way to apply it? In this episode we ask our guest speakers, both researchers who have studied this topic, to weigh in: Dr. Tina Sindher, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics from the Allergy and Clinical Immunology group at Stanford University and Dr. Ian Myles head of the Epithelial Therapeutics Unit at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. P.S. If you like our podcast consider supporting it with a tax deductible https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/4240150 (donation).
Research covered in this episode:
https://www.annallergy.org/article/S1081-1206(22)00015-1/fulltext (Optimizing emollient therapy for skin barrier repair in atopic dermatitis)
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7951178/ (Pilot study on trilipid cream versus paraffin-based emollient)
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ski2.41 (The effects of common topical exposures on skin bacteria associated with eczema)
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33678253/ (Frequent moisturizer use in infancy and later development of food allergy)
Let's get real: Why are eczema patients struggling worldwide?
Globally, patients and caregivers are often left to figure out the daunting task of getting eczema under control by medical systems that provide limited direction. In a first-of-its kind http://www.improveeczemacare.com/ (collaboration) between patient organizations from eight countries coordinated by Global Parents for Eczema Research, we reveal the results of a 3,200 response survey which show how eczema patients are faring and to what extent medical care and treatments are meeting their needs. Our guests are Rachael Manion from the Canadian Skin Patient Alliance, Andrew Proctor from the National Eczema Society in the United Kingdom and Cheryl Talent from the Eczema Association of Australasia.
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Research referred to in this podcast:
Global Patient Initiative to Improve Eczema Care (https://www.improveeczemacare.com/ (https://www.improveeczemacare.com/))
A new menu of options for eczema: A first look at newly-approved treatments
In the last few months, a record FOUR new treatments have been approved for eczema in the United States, with other countries considering approval as well. At long last, kids with moderate-to-severe eczema will soon have new, effective options. What are these new treatments, their side effects and what do parents need to know about safety? Tune in as we discuss these emerging treatments with our expert guest speakers: Dr. Amy Paller, Professor of Pediatrics and Chair of the Department of Dermatology at Northwestern University, Chicago; and Dr. Aaron Drucker, Assistant Professor and Dermatologist at the University of Toronto, Canada. (P.S. If you like our podcast consider supporting it with a tax deductible https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E357477andid=3andfbclid=IwAR3kBgdyLBUgQcPofVj931OXOyHhRgBPOfonhBtTJz03YQgLN5JKIBmy0qE (donation)).
Research and resources relevant to this podcast
Novel treatments for pediatric atopic dermatitis.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7281689/ (New and Emerging Systemic Treatments for Atopic Dermatitis. )
Eczema Treatment Comparison Tool
This podcast packs so much valuable content into 20 min segments that are perfect for busy parents to soak up! I can repeat parts many times just to let the research findings marinate in my brain. GPER brings the best experts in the field to give the latest news on eczema and raises caregivers up to a level where they have a part in the conversation. Outstanding work and brilliant to put the content in a podcast for more patients and parents to benefit from!