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Welcome to your allergy lifeline..."The Allergist."  A show that separates myth from medicine. 


Every episode of The Allergist is designed for YOU – the medical professional aiming to stay on the cutting edge of allergy care. We'll clarify, correct, and, most importantly, contextualize the latest evidence.


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Send us a Text Message.“It's important to recognize that fresh fruits and vegetables can cause local reactions in the mouth and gut. But if they're not causing symptoms of a more severe allergic reaction, don't panic. Chances are good that this is not something that's going to lead to more worrisome features.” -- Dr. Anne EllisDr. Mariam Hanna sits down with Dr. Anne Ellis, professor of medicine and chair of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Queen's University, to explore the in...
Send us a Text Message.“I'm still getting told from families and other physicians that you can't make a diagnosis of asthma until they're six. Why? Why is this still happening? We can diagnose preschoolers with asthma.” -- Dr. Tiffany WongJoin Dr. Mariam Hanna as she sits down with Dr. Tiffany Wong who pushes back on the persistent and unfounded skepticism about whether preschoolers can be diagnosed with asthma. Dr. Wong is an associate clinical professor at the University of Brit...
Send us a Text Message.“When you fly, the flight attendant is always telling you, put on your oxygen mask first before you help somebody else. And it's so true. We’re way more efficient in a clinic setting when we have taken care of ourselves.” -- Dr. Maureen PetersenDr. Mariam Hanna sits down with Dr. Maureen Petersen, a pediatric allergist and immunologist from North Carolina Chapel Hill to explore the challenges of managing chronic illness from the perspective of both the physician ...
Send us a Text Message.“I felt I was actually controlling my condition. It wasn't controlling me.” &...
Send us a Text Message."Usually when patients have really strong feelings, what they're really trying to tell you is what their priorities are and what they are most afraid of" -- Dr. Michael CyrJoin Dr. Mariam Hanna as she welcomes Dr. Michael Cyr, a leader in allergy and clinical immunology, to explore the vital role of shared decision-making in the modern practice.On this episode:Understanding Shared Decision-Making: Dr. Cyr breaks down the concept of shared decision-making, emphasiz...
Send us a Text Message.“Early introduction is the time-proven and research-proven prevention target for every child and every food.” -- Prof. Jonathan HourihaneVenture into the evolving landscape of food allergy management as Dr. Mariam Hanna welcomes Professor Jonathan Hourihane, a leading figure in pediatric allergy and immunotherapy from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Together, they explore the latest strategies in dietary advancement therapies and the critical role of early foo...
Send us a Text Message.“I guarantee you, within the next five years or within my lifetime, there may be a permanent solution to a lot of medical conditions including (asthma)." -- Dr. Jason LeeAsthma remains a formidable foe, particularly when it escalates to its severe form. This episode of "The Allergist," Dr. Mariam Hanna, explores the complexities of severe asthma and the revolutionary impact of biologic therapies.Dr. Jason Lee, a leading expert in allergy and immunology, sheds ligh...
Send us a Text Message.“(Urticaria) is not an allergic condition, it's an autoimmune condition, one. Two, it's not dangerous, but it can last long. Three, we have very good strategies to control it.” &nbs...
Send us a Text Message.“Worst allergy season ever? Might not be an exaggeration for that patient.” ...
Send us a Text Message.“Food allergy tests are not screening tests…I will pause for dramatic effect…Food allergy tests are not screening tests.” Dr. David StukusDr. Mariam Hanna is joined by Dr. David Stukus, a leading pediatric allergist and clinical immunologist from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Together, they dive into the critical issues surrounding food allergy diagnostics and the latest advancements in treatment options, including developments in the field of oral i...
Send us a Text Message.“People think leadership has to be a loud person standing in front of everybody, declaring themselves the leader. Leadership isn't a dictatorship. Leadership is not always that loud person.” -- Dr. Zainab AbdurrahmanOn this episode of "The Allergist," we explore what leadership in medicine actually means with Dr. Zainab Abdurrahman, an accomplished allergist and clinical immunologist. Dr. Abdurrahman, who wears many hats including that of an assistant clinical pro...
Send us a Text Message.“We don't do any fresh food skin testing because they have not been validated. And we know, if we put food on skin, we may well get a positive test, but we have no idea how to interpret that. And I think that's really important.” -- Dr. Douglas MackOn this episode of "The Allergist," we're climbing the food ladder with Dr. Douglas Mack, a pediatric allergy, asthma, and immunology specialist. Dr. Mack brings his expertise to the table, discussing the nuances of mil...
Send us a Text Message."Collaboration and communication is how we make change." - Dr. Victoria CookJoin Dr. Mariam Hanna in a fast paced conversation with Dr. Victoria Cook, a trailblazer in Quality Improvement, as they discuss how QI is not just reshaping patient care but also revitalizing the healthcare workforce by mitigating burnout.On this episode:• Unveiling the science and strategy behind Quality Improvement and its profound impact on healthcare systems and patient outcomes.• Demystify...
Send us a Text Message.“We cannot be dogmatic about what we say about epinephrine…we need as a field to stop being so dogmatic and do more studies to understand." -- Dr. Matthew GreenhawtJoin us on this eye-opening episode, where we explore the latest breakthroughs in allergy and immunology with Dr. Matthew Greenhawt as he walks us through the pivotal articles of 2023 that are redefining the field.On this episode:Review penicillin allergy delabeling and why this is ready to incorporate...
Send us a Text Message.Happy New Year! We're taking a brief pause and will return with our next regularly scheduled podcast next week. We have some very exciting episodes lined up to kick off the new year. Our next full episode will be on January 9th, focusing on the top articles from 2023 that will change your practice. Following that, we'll explore the world of quality improvement and its integration into practice. Also, we'll discuss food ladders and the buzz surrounding them. St...
Send us a Text Message.“Don't be afraid of using these disease modifying therapies. They're safe, they're effective, they will actually let you get away with using less medication.” -- Dr. Anne EllisVenture into the realm of allergic rhinitis as Dr. Mariam Hanna welcomes Dr. Anne Ellis, co-author of the latest Canadian guidelines for this common condition. Together, they unravel the complexities of this disease and explore the latest treatment protocols.On this episode:Defining Allergic...
Send us a Text Message.“The allergist has many important roles in the management of EoE patients in the multidisciplinary EoE team.” - Dr. Edmond ChanJoin Dr. Mariam Hanna in an enlightening conversation with Dr. Edmond Chan, a leading voice in eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). Dive into the ever-evolving landscape of this intriguing condition and explore the latest in medical management.On this episode:• Understanding EoE: Redefining a Decade of Change.• The Allergist's Role: Navigating Patien...
Send us a Text Message.“A patient does not need to avoid penicillin if a family member is allergic to penicillin.” Dr. Ana-Maria CopaescuJoin Dr. Mariam Hanna along with expert allergy and immunology specialist Dr. Ana-Maria Copaescu on this episode of The Allergist, as they unravel the intricacies of penicillin allergy, a commonly misunderstood health concern.On this episode:The PALACE Study Breakthrough: How direct oral penicillin challenge is reshaping allergy testing.Understanding the PEN...
Send us a Text Message."I just would like to take this moment to be a bit smug about how the immune system is really the issue in many, many disorders, although it is not acknowledged as such. It's really all about the immune system." - Dr. Rae BragerJoin Dr. Mariam Hanna as she delves into the intricate world of immunodeficiency with pediatric immunologist and allergist, Dr. Rae Brager. In a conversation that illuminates the often-overlooked complexities of the immune system, they shed light...
Send us a Text Message.“Food allergies do not necessarily cause atopic dermatitis. but a compromised barrier function in the skin can lead to food allergies later on in life.” Dr. Vipul JainDive deep into the realm of skin health as Dr. Mariam Hanna sits down with Dr. Vipul Jain to untangle the intricacies of atopic dermatitis, commonly known as eczema, on this installment of "The Allergist." Shed light on the myths, distinguish the reality, and explore the best therapeutic avenues for ...
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