This teleconference, an open forum for our readers, will focus on “How the 21st Century Cures Act Impacts SCIG Therapy for Patients on Medicare.” Our Guest Speaker, Leslie J. Vaughan, RPh, holds a Bachelor of Science and a Pharmacy degree from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M., and is licensed as a pharmacist in 16 states. To participate in the next Reader Teleconference, complete the registration form to be added to our email invitation list.
Let's Talk: Profile: Pete Atherton
Pete Atherton is a successful business executive, devoted husband, father and recent grandfather who refuses to let common variable immune deficiency (CVID) stop him from achieving his life and career goals. With a career path that includes a doctor of philosophy in computer graphics, and executive leadership roles at successful venture-backed technology companies, GE’s Global Research Center and two mid-size manufacturing corporations, this busy 65-year old is currently working in retirement with a tech startup focused on commercializing a breakthrough solar energy technology...
Understanding the ‘Pros’ of Probiotics
Bacteria. Just the thought of it brings to mind diseasecausing microbes lurking in public restrooms or hovering over office cubicle desktops. But not all bacteria are bad — or bad for you. Probiotics, also known as beneficial or “good” bacteria, naturally live in the digestive tract and perform many essential functions to keep a body healthy. The term “probiotic” comes from the root words pro and biota, meaning “for life,”...
Ask the Experts
Reader: Do some people fail to respond to intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) therapy, and are severe side effects from treatment normal?
Michelle: It is always possible that IVIG won’t work to treat a disease. However, because it sometimes takes between three months and six months before improvement is seen, its efficacy can’t be determined until that time. Many patients treated with IVIG or subcutaneous IG (SCIG) experience mild to moderate...
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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