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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What’s hot in eczema prevention?
Can moisturizers help prevent eczema? If so: when, what and how should they be applied? Can probiotics help? If so: who should take them - mother or baby? These questions and more are answered by Helen Brough, pediatric allergist and head of service at Evelina London Children's Hospital (UK). As part of our recent research symposium, she explains what research is going on in eczema management and prevention and what is still needed to make prevention a reality. She also has important tips for eczema care now. (If you like our podcast consider supporting it with a tax deductible donation.)
Research discussed in this episode
Early initiation of short-term emollient use for the prevention of atopic dermatitis in high-risk infants—The STOP-AD randomised controlled trial
Skin care interventions in infants for preventing eczema and food allergy
Probiotic supplementation for prevention of atopic dermatitis in infants and children: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Early intervention and prevention of allergic diseases
Emollients in infancy to prevent atopic dermatitis: a systematic review and meta‐analysis
Epicutaneous sensitization in the development of food allergy: what is the evidence and how can this be prevented?
The inflammation-microbiome connection and how new therapies can correct both
New biological therapies like dupilumab target Type 2 inflammation, but new research shows they are also modifying the skin microbiome. In this episode we discuss what Type 2 inflammation is, why it matter in eczema, and how it modifies the microbiome. Our guest is Dr. Lisa Beck (Co-Director of the Center for Allergic Disease Research, University of Rochester Medical Center, NY) who has dedicated her 35 year career to understanding why some eczema patients are susceptible to skin infections and finding safe and effective eczema treatments.
Research associated with this podcast
Type 2 Inflammation Contributes to Skin Barrier Dysfunction in Atopic Dermatitis
Tralokinumab treatment improves the skin microbiota by increasing the microbial diversity in adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis
Rapid Reduction in Staphylococcus aureus in Atopic Dermatitis Subjects Following Dupilumab Treatment
Is Dupixent forever? Is tapering Dupixent desirable or even possible?
Dupixent has transformed the lives of people with moderate to severe eczema, but will patients need to use it indefinitely? In this episode we explore tapering Dupixent (also known as dupilumab) with two researchers from University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands that have created a patient-led roadmap for successful tapering. They are: Pediatric Dermatologist Dr. Marlies de Graaf, Head of the National Expertise Center of Atopic Dermatitis in Children; and Dr. Celeste Boesjes, who is a PhD candidate and Medical Doctor.
Research Discussed in this Podcast
Successful tapering of dupilumab in atopic dermatitis patients with low disease activity: a large pragmatic daily practice study from the BioDay registry
Association of serum dupilumab levels at 16 weeks with treatment response and adverse effects in patients with atopic dermatitis: a prospective clinical cohort study from the BioDay registry
Patient‐centered dupilumab dosing regimen leads to successful dose reduction in persistently controlled atopic dermatitis
Dupilumab in daily practice for the treatment of pediatric atopic dermatitis: 28‐week clinical and biomarker results from the BioDay registry
Dupilumab dose spacing after initial successful treatment or adverse events in adult patients with atopic dermatitis: a retrospective analysis
Ditching itch: What we know and what we still have to learn
Itch. It’s the hallmark symptom of eczema and the most troublesome. In this podcast we discuss why the eczema itch is so hard to treat and explore effective treatment options. We have the privilege of speaking with Dr. Shawn Kwatra, international leader in chronic itch research and Director of John Hopkins Itch Centre in Baltimore, and Dr. Shivani Patel, a practicing pediatric dermatologist who specializes in treating children with eczema. (If you like our podcast consider supporting it with a tax deductible donation.)
Research discussed in this podcast
Molecular and cellular mechanisms of itch and pain in atopic dermatitis and implications for novel therapeutics
Cumulative Use of Strong Anticholinergics and Incident Dementia
Living with Itch - A Patient's Guide
Exposures to chemicals in our environment and the allergy / eczema epidemic
What do microplastics, dishwasher rinse-aid, air pollution and processed foods have to do with eczema? Join us as we explore why allergic diseases were rare for our grandparents but now affect two billion people worldwide. Explaining the link is our guest, Professor Cezmi Akdis. He is a global leader in immunology, specializing in allergic diseases, editor-in-chief of Allergy, and a Professor at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. (If you like our podcast consider supporting it with a tax deductible donation.)
Research discussed in this podcast:
Scrubbing away our collective health
Does the epithelial barrier hypothesis explain the increase in allergy, autoimmunity and other chronic conditions?
Gut epithelial barrier damage caused by dishwasher detergents and rinse aids
Epithelial barrier hypothesis: Effect of the external exposome on the microbiome and epithelial barriers in allergic disease
Was it something I did? Does the eczema trajectory begin even before a baby is born?
Have you ever wondered if there is anything you can do during pregnancy to lower the chance of your baby developing eczema? Join our discussion with Dr. Suzanne Barshow from Stanford University who is overseeing the SUNBEAM study which investigates which factors lead to the development of allergic diseases, and Kortney Kwong Hing, co-host of The Itch Podcast and eczema sufferer who would like to avoid passing on her allergies to her future children. (If you like our podcast consider supporting it with a tax deductible donation.)
I am so glad I just found this podcast. You give important information so I can learn more about my child’s eczema and possible ways to treat it
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!