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This teleconference, an open forum with our readers as our featured guests, will focus on Treating IG Side Effects. Our guest speaker is Marc Riedl, MD, MS, who is board-certified in allergy/immunology and an associate professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology at the University of California, San Diego. 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... more

Product Guide

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,”... more

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... more

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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

Fred Modell
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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