28 episodes

Allergy season may occur once a year, but for many allergy sufferers, the need for therapeutic advances becomes a year-round priority. From asthma to food allergies to immunology, Focus on Allergy keeps you up to date on the latest diagnostic findings and treatments.

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Allergy season may occur once a year, but for many allergy sufferers, the need for therapeutic advances becomes a year-round priority. From asthma to food allergies to immunology, Focus on Allergy keeps you up to date on the latest diagnostic findings and treatments.

    Progress in Peanut Allergy: What to Know About the First FDA-Approved Treatment

    Progress in Peanut Allergy: What to Know About the First FDA-Approved Treatment

    Host: Linda Bernstein, Pharm.D.


    Allergic reactions to peanut are unpredictable in occurrence and in how they present, with some individuals experiencing severe reactions from even trace amounts. Fortunately, there’s now an FDA-approved treatment option available that—when used in conjunction with peanut avoidance—can help reduce the risk of these allergic reactions in children with peanut allergy, as pharmacist Dr. Linda Bernstein explains.

    Dirt Is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Children's Developing Immune System

    Dirt Is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Children's Developing Immune System

    Host: John J. Russell, MD


    Do pets help prevent allergies? Does the 5-second rule actually exist? And is dirt really good for a child’s immune system?
    Host Dr. John Russell talks with Jack Gilbert, Ph.D., Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago and Director of the Microbiome Institute. Dr. Gilbert is author of the book Dirt is Good, answering questions about the potential benefits of exposure to germs and bacteria. He and Dr. Russell sift through common misconceptions about microbiomes to better understand their actual risks and benefits for the body's immune system, explaining its role in disease and health.

    Immune Cells: Are They the Key to Better Allergy and Infection Therapies?

    Immune Cells: Are They the Key to Better Allergy and Infection Therapies?

    Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP


    Allergies occur when your immune system mistakes a normally harmless allergen for a dangerous invader and moves to destroy it, producing an allergic reaction. What exactly causes this response, and what are the best treatments to combat it?
    Host Brian McDonough chats with Dr. Avery August, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine, about his research regarding how allergens affect the immune system.

    The Dietitian's Guide to Food Allergies, Intolerances, and Sensitivites

    The Dietitian's Guide to Food Allergies, Intolerances, and Sensitivites

    Host: Kathy King, RDN


    It's estimated that 4 - 8% of the U.S. population has at least one food allergy, and the incidence rate appears to be growing. How do we explain this harmful trend in public health, and what can clinicians and patients do to help mitigate the risk of developing food allergies?
    Host Kathy King is joined by Debra Indorato, nutrition advisor for Kids With Allergies, which is a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. The two discuss the latest understandings and dietetic approaches to food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances.

    Help for People with Gluten Sensitivities at Restaurants

    Help for People with Gluten Sensitivities at Restaurants

    Host: Matt Birnholz, MD


    The simple act of going out to eat can be a tricky proposition for people dealing with gluten intolerance or sensitivity issues. A new portable device is aiming to help people with this problem by allowing them to test food’s gluten content and help find foods that they are able to eat.
    Host Dr. Matt Birnholz talks with guest Carla Borsoi, Vice President of Marketing at 6Sensor Labs, about how this device will assist people living with gluten intolerance or sensitivity issues.

    The Chemicals We Bring into Our Homes: Are Common Household Items Making Us Sick?

    The Chemicals We Bring into Our Homes: Are Common Household Items Making Us Sick?

    Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP


    For most people, the home is a refuge and an oasis, a place to feel safe. But few ever wonder whether their homes and the everyday household items they use to clean and maintain them could be detrimental to their health.
    Joining Dr. Brian McDonough to discuss the unsettling health risks behind common household items, and what consumers should keep an eye on, is Andre LaCroix, Vice President of Easy Breathe, Inc.

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