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ImmunoCAST

A podcast containing allergy insights for medical minds

Tune in and gain scientifically backed allergy information in easy-to-digest episodes created for primary care and specialists alike.

What is ImmunoCAST?

A podcast for primary care and beyond

From medical guidelines and best practices to educational insights on specific disease states, ImmunoCAST is a podcast dedicated to providing healthcare providers of all specialties clinically relevant, easy-to-digest episodes on allergy related topics.

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Episode subtypes

ImmunoCAST episodes are organized into four episode subtypes, allowing you to browse and listen to the specific type of content that is most relevant to you.

Curbside Consult:

Episodes that speak to allergy concepts through the lens of the clinic, featuring case studies, guidelines, best practices, and clinical recommendations.

Newsroom:

Episodes that center around the latest in allergy news, from new scientific papers and guideline updates to allergy related stories seen in the news or online.


Fireside Chat:

Episodes that focus on a specific concept or disease state, providing an overview of what it is and how it may impact a patient.

Allergy After Dark:

Episodes that feature discussions around more adult allergy related topics, such as alcohol allergy and cannabis allergy. 

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How can primary care clinicians utilize specific lgE blood testing?
From the history of allergy testing to important guidelines, Gary and Luke discuss the nuances of specific IgE testing that every primary care healthcare provider should consider when managing patients with suspected allergic conditions.
What is the allergy symptom threshold?
It can be difficult for patients to manage their symptoms when they are surrounded by an allergen that is difficult to control, such as pollen. Gary and Luke dive into exactly what the allergy symptom threshold is and how understanding its relationship to allergen exposure reduction may aid clinicians in helping patients with allergies find relief.
What's the relationship between allergies and media?
There's no denying that the news, online trends, and social media may all impact how a patient perceives and understands their allergies and allergy symptoms. From increased awareness around alpha-Gal syndrome to social media ads advocating for patients to purchase allergy-related products, this relationship between patients and online media can be helpful, but sometimes counterproductive, when it comes to clinicians managing a disease. Gary and Luke discuss the impact of allergy news media and how healthcare providers can help educate patients on viral or "trending" allergy topics.
How might food allergies impact patients who are sexually active?
Educating patients with food allergies often entails conversations around checking food labels, informing restaurant staff, and general allergen avoidance, however for those patients who are sexually active, it may be a good idea to have "the talk" about potential risks they may face if they engage in intimate relations. From allergens being passed from kissing to how some allergenic molecules may cross into a partner's seminal fluid, Gary and Luke review four cases in which food allergy reactions arose due to intimate activity.
Pet allergen components: the future of pet allergy diagnosis and management.
Can a patient tolerate a male or female dog? Are they cross reacting with any other pet species? What is their risk of developing asthma? All these questions and more can be answered with the help of the next evolution of pet allergy testing: pet component resolved diagnostics. Join Gary and Luke as they dive into what allergen components are, how they can help optimize pet allergy patient care, and some of the interesting information they may provide to you and your practice.
It's not all in the name when it comes to allergic asthma
Allergic asthma can be triggered by pollen, dust mites, pets ... and thunderstorms? It's not uncommon for clinicians to see patients with respiratory allergies who also suffer from allergic asthma. Join Gary and Luke as they discuss allergic asthma as well as important clinical information, such as practice parameters and guidelines, which may help healthcare providers optimize their patient management.
Spring allergies: the perfect time for non-allergic rhinitis to go undetected.
Is it really allergies causing patients’ rhinitis symptoms this spring or is it something non-allergic? Sure, pollen is out and about, but that doesn’t mean that those non-allergic triggers simply disappear when allergy season starts. Listen in as Gary and Luke discuss the different types of non-allergic rhinitis, potential triggers, and how healthcare providers can help provide clarity this allergy season when allergy medication isn’t working, and symptoms aren’t easing up.
Food Allergy Update: Dishing out EAACI's newest food allergy diagnosis guidelines
In this episode of ImmunoCAST, Gary and Luke explore the new European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) food allergy diagnosis guidelines. They break down some of the significant recommendations found within these guidelines, such important questions clinicians should ask during a structured food allergy history, the role of diagnostic testing, and the use of testing with allergen components in a diagnosis.
Clearing the Air: Understanding Cannabis Allergy and Exposure
In this episode of ImmunoCAST, listen to a discussion around cannabis allergy and the importance of healthcare providers recognizing and inquiring about its exposure, especially in patients with asthma or food allergies. Gary and Luke delve into the history, routes of exposure, and the identification of specific allergens within cannabis, such as lipid transfer proteins, which may cross-react with other plant foods. This episode highlights the need for improved diagnostic methods and greater clinical awareness of cannabis as a potential allergen.
Food Allergen Components 101: Milk, Eggs, Peanuts, and Tree Nuts
Can patients tolerate baked forms of egg and milk? Is it a clinical peanut allergy or cross-reactivity with pollen? In this episode of ImmunoCAST, Gary and Luke dive into food allergen components and their impact on patient management. Their discussion covers specific proteins found in eggs, milk, peanuts, and tree nuts and what it means for patients who are sensitized to them. They also discuss the role of allergen component diagnostics, how it can provide clarity, and aid in appropriate patient care decisions.
What Should Clinicians Know About Alpha Gal Syndrome (Red Meat Allergy) and Tick Bites?
Ever since the CDC released its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report about alpha-Gal syndrome (AGS) last summer, it seems that everyone is talking about this odd allergy to red meat. Whether you’re an allergist or a primary care clinician, get the clinical facts about AGS in this episode of ImmunoCAST where we explore the syndrome’s origins and discovery, what potential foods (some perhaps lesser known) and medical products may cause reactions, and the most effective way to diagnose and treat patients.
Food Allergies and Climate Change: What's the Connection?
More allergenic peanuts? Fungi in crops that may make patients more susceptible to food allergy sensitization? And what does the epithelial barrier hypothesis have to do with all of it? Tune in to newsroom episode of ImmunoCAST as we discuss a recently published paper by Ashley Sang Eun Lee, MD, and Nicole Ramsey, MD, PhD, from Mt. Sinai which presents some of the interesting ways that climate change may impact patients with food allergies.
Clinically Navigating the Sting of Allergies from Bee, Wasp, and Fire Ant Venoms
How can primary care clinicians optimize the diagnosis and treatment of stinging insect allergies? Tune into this episode of ImmunoCAST and hear a discussion around allergies to bee, wasp, and fire ant venoms. You’ll learn how testing with allergen components can aid in reaching an accurate diagnosis, the significance of tryptase levels in forecasting severe allergic reactions, as well as how impactful immunotherapy may be when conducted based on accurate diagnostic testing.