Allergies, Author Interviews, Dermatology / 09.03.2023 Interview with: Nicholas Gulati, MD, PhD Director, Early Detection of Skin Cancer and Oncodermatology Clinic The Kimberly and Eric J. Waldman Department of Dermatology Mount Sinai Health System New York, New York What is the background for this study? What is dupilumab primarily used for? Response: Dupilumab is a monoclonal antibody that inhibits a specific part of the immune system known as Th2 cells, which are important in the development of various diseases including atopic dermatitis (eczema) and asthma. Therefore, dupilumab has become one of the major treatments for these conditions. Given the increasing use of this drug, it is important to understand the safety of it in terms of cancer development, as that is currently largely unknown. (more…)
Allergies, Author Interviews / 06.09.2019 Interview with: Edwin H. Kim, MD, MS Assistant Professor of Medicine & Pediatrics, Division of Rheumatology Allergy & Immunology Program Director, UNC Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program Director, UNC Food Allergy Initiative Medical Director, UNC Allergy & Immunology Clinic UNC School of Medicine Chapel Hill, NC What is the background for this study? Response: In 2011, Kim and colleagues – including Wesley Burks, MD, dean of the UNC School of Medicine – conducted a small study of 18 patients to show that sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) was safe and effective over the course of one year. Since then, Kim and colleagues followed 48 patients in the SLIT protocol of 2 mg daily for five years. In the JACI paper, the researchers showed that 67 percent of these patients were able to tolerate at least 750 mg of peanut protein without serious side effects. About 25 percent could tolerate 5000 mg (more…)