IG Living Advocate Podcast

Every quarter, IG Living will hold a podcast on a topic that affects those with autoimmune and immunodeficiency disorders. Industry experts will share the latest immune globulin (IG) news and information and answer questions from our community.

Podcasts will cover topics such as the increased demand for IG products, Medicare, IG side effects, and reimbursement. more info

Listen to the episode Policy and Health Unveiled: Navigating the Nexus of Politics, Health Care and Chronic Illness.

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Columns

Let's Talk! Vanda Vanover Kercher

As A Child, Vanda Vanover Kercher was often sick, frequently missing school. Later as an adult, her poor health caused her to miss work and social functions. Thankfully, Vanda's recent diagnosis of common variable immune deficiency (CVID) has finally given her answers to questions that years of doctor visits could not seem to provide. Today, this resilient 60-year-old is optimistic that her new infusion regimen will begin to restore her energy and quality of life… full article (pdf)

Product Guide: Emergency Preparedness

Product Guide

Emergency Preparedness

Hope for the best; plan for the worst. Those who fail to plan, plan to fail. Expect the unexpected. This list of clichés could go on and on. When it comes to emergencies, I bet you know you should be prepared, but are you? A few years ago, my father-in-law came to my house to check on me and the kids while my husband was out of town. A severe thunderstorm was brewing and he wanted to make sure I was ready for it… full article (pdf)

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Ask the Experts

Reader: How Do You Balance Treatment for an Immune Deficiency with Treatment for Cancer?

Abbie: I spoke with Terry O. Harville, MD, PhD, medical director of the Special Immunology Laboratory at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and he said the concept of low immunity for immunodeficiency and high immunity for autoimmunity is not totally correct. We now know of approximately 500 genes that can cause immunodeficiency and autoimmunity or that may cause both in the same person. Therefore, we now consider this as dysfunctional or disordered immunity. Indeed, there are so-called gain-of-function disorders of immunity (what may be called high immunity) that result in immunodeficiency, which can be improved by prescribing medications that are typically considered immunosuppressive. Therefore, each patient and condition have to be… full article (pdf)

Meet the Staff

Rachel Maier, MS
Associate Editor

Abbie Cornett
Patient Advocate

Advisory Board

Bob Geng, MD, MA
Assistant Professor, Division of Allergy & Immunology
University of California, San Diego

Terry O. Harville,
MD, PhD

Medical Director Special Immunology Laboratory University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Todd Levine, MD
Director, Department of Neurophysiology Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology University of Arizona

Fred Modell
Co-founder of the Jeffrey Modell Foundation

Marc Riedl, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology University of California, San Diego