As the US Food and Drug Administration considers whether to authorize emergency use of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, medical experts are paying close attention to reports of allergic reactions to the vaccine. Edwin Kim, MD, associate professor of medicine and pediatrics in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, says it’s not immediately clear to … Continued
Agri-Pulse reports the Food and Drug Administration has for the first time approved an intentional genomic alteration, or IGA, in animals that can be used for both food and human therapeutics. The IGA is in what are called GalSafe pigs, bred to eliminate alpha-gal sugar on the surface of the pigs’ cells. The article references … Continued
Joanne Jordan, MD, MPH, emeritus professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, has received the “distinguished clinical investigator award” from the American College of Rheumatology for outstanding clinical research in osteoarthritis. As the founding principal investigator and director of the ongoing Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project (JoCo OA) for over 27 years, … Continued
In a recent “Joint Action” rheumatology podcast, Leigh Callahan, PhD, the Mary Link Briggs Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, highlights changes that are needed in health care systems and polices to reduce the impact of osteoarthritis, a leading cause of disability. She also recognizes the work of the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA).
Saira Sheikh, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, discussed the nuances of allergy symptoms and those commonly associated with COVID-19 in an interview with WRAL’s Go Ask Mom. While the symptoms are similar, like cough and occasionally shortness of breath in kids with asthma and allergies, most symptoms … Continued
Much still needs to be learned about how food allergies develop and why certain people are more susceptible than others. UNC School of medicine researchers led by Scott Commins, MD, PhD, may be able to answer some of these questions by studying an unusual food allergy to mammalian meat called alpha-gal syndrome. Thirteen years ago, … Continued
Leigh Callahan, PhD, the Mary Link Briggs Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, has been voted president-elect of the US Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI). As associate director of the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center and national director of the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance, Callahan has been a vital part … Continued
Onyinye Iweala, MD, PhD, has received a $1-Million NIH Grant to study alpha-gal syndrome. Alpha-gal syndrome is an allergic condition with global reach. Global reports describe patients with delayed allergic reactions to mammalian meat and there is limited understanding of the mechanisms underlying this condition. Iweala’s research explores the role of glycolipids and unconventional T … Continued
Richard Loeser, Jr., MD, has been named the Joseph P. Archie, Jr. Eminent Professor of Medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology. An appointment to a named professorship is one of the highest honors bestowed on faculty, recognizing scholarly achievement and distinction. Learn more about Dr. Loeser here.
Leigh Callahan, PhD, is a co-author on the first research paper to quantify — on a state-by-state basis — the number of physically inactive people with arthritis who could reduce their anxiety and depression through exercise. The study showed that more than 3 million people could benefit from exercise, and provides particularly useful insights when … Continued