Let's Talk: Ashlie Huss
At 25, Ashlie Huss is an outgoing young woman who loves running half marathons, volunteering in her community, traveling and almost anything “Disney.” As a patient living with multiple chronic illnesses, including lupus and common variable immune deficiency (CVID), she’s also living proof that with optimism, tenacity and courage, you can overcome even the most insurmountable odds....
Celiac Disease and Gluten-Free Living
The Gastrointestinal tract is the largest lymphoid organ in the body, so it is not surprising that food allergies and intestinal diseases are common among primary immunodeficiency disease (PI) patients. One such disease affecting the PI community is celiac disease, in which affected people experience gastrointestinal symptoms after ingesting anything containing gluten....
Ask the Experts
Reader: Why would a person’s antibody levels test normal when the individual serotype titers test low?
Abbie: Patients who have a normal IgG antibody count, but who are low in one or more IgG specific subclasses (IgG1, IgG2, IgG3, IgG4), may have what is called a selective antibody deficiency (SAD). This is determined by testing for a response to either the Prevnar 13 or Pneumovax 23 vaccines. Prevnar 13 tests for conjugate protein antigen response, whereas Pneumovax...
Meet the Staff
Bob Geng, MD, MA
Assistant Professor, Division of Allergy & Immunology
University of California, San Diego
Erika Lawrence, PhD
Associate Professor Department of Psychology University of Iowa
Todd Levine, MD
Director, Department of Neurophysiology Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology University of Arizona
Co-founder of the Jeffrey Modell Foundation
Marc Riedl, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology University of California, San Diego
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