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Peanut allergies are a major concern for parents with infants and small children. In this Clinical Coffee Break, Wayne Shreffler of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, takes a deeper dive into the recently published LEAP study, which examined the effects of peanut avoidance in infancy on the likelihood of children developing peanut allergies.


This talk will discuss adverse food reactions, both immunologic and non-immunologic. The session will focus on immunoglobulin E (IgE) mediated immune reactions. Along with discussing how to diagnose and treat food allergies, the faculty will review common food allergens in adults and risk factors associated with severe food allergies.


This activity is part of the ConnectED Learning: Asthma curriculum. Despite the dramatic increase in asthma prevalence over the past few decades in both children and adults, delays in asthma diagnosis are common, leading to poor control. Join expert faculty as they review how the heterogeneous nature of the disease impacts the diagnosis, assessment, and management of asthma. Recognize the strengths and limitations of current guideline recommendations, and review the available and emerging pharmacologic treatments for asthma in order to control the disease. Lastly, appropriate use of each inhaler class will be demonstrated.

Get the latest updates on the new clinical practice guidelines for food allergies management by the NIAID. Learn about the definition of food allergy and how to differentiate between allergy and intolerance. The faculty will also discuss the management of acute and non-acute allergic reactions and review prevention strategies.

Discuss how to improve understanding of current best practices in diagnosis of IgE and non-IgE mediated food allergy. Dr. Shreffler will go over strategies to raise awareness of the unmet needs in food allergy management. He will also discuss state of the research on food allergy treatment and the identification of surrogates for clinical efficacy.


This activity is part of the ConnectED Learning: Asthma curriculum. Follow the case of a 46-year-old male who presents to his PCP with poorly controlled asthma. Understand the heterogeneity of asthma and the importance of individualized care based on patient and disease specific characteristics. In the context of this case, the faculty will outline the strengths and limitations of current guideline recommendations and review the available and emerging pharmacologic treatments for asthma in order to effectively treat this patient. Furthermore, faculty will discuss how correct inhaler use impacts asthma outcomes, and demonstrate appropriate use of each inhaler class.

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National and international guidelines provide step-wise treatment plans to achieve good asthma control. But what should you do when your patient with asthma is not doing well despite treatment with guidelines-directed high-dose inhaled corticosteroids, a long-acting beta-agonist bronchodilator, and a leukotriene modifier? This activity will provide a systematic approach to thinking about the patient with difficult-to-control asthma and explore some novel therapeutic options to treat true therapy-resistant asthma.


Follow the case of a 23-year-old female who presents to her PCP with recurrent episodes of acute bronchitis. In the context of this case, you will be exposed to the challenges to a timely diagnosis of asthma, including differential diagnoses. Furthermore, the heterogeneity of asthma, including its various presentations and phenotypes will be discussed. Lastly, the significance of spirometry testing and practical tips for interpretation will be reviewed in addition to a demonstration of appropriate inhaler technique.

This activity will describe a condition called eosinophilic esophagitis which is an immune-mediated disorder of the esophagus with symptoms related to esophageal dysfunction and histology consistent with eosinophilic predominant inflammation. Dr. Gonsalves will review the epidemiology, clinical presentation, pathophysiology and treatment options for this condition.