The goal of our “Ask the Expert” podcast series is to share the latest research and information on rare neuroimmune disorders and provide an avenue for individuals diagnosed with these disorders and their family members to ask questions to experts who specialize in these disorders. The podcasts are moderated based on questions submitted by our community. We would like to hear from you. If there are topics that you would like us to address in our podcasts, you can share your thoughts by sending an email to [email protected] and please use SRNA Podcast in the subject.
1103. Community Spotlight - Melanie Flood
56:15The “Community Spotlight” edition of the “Ask the Expert” podcast series shares the stories of our community members. For this episode, Melanie Flood joined Krissy Dilger of SRNA to talk about her experience with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) with Sjögren's syndrome. They discussed her initial symptoms and diagnosis, treatments, rehabilitation, and life today.
1102. COVID-19 and the Risk of CNS Demyelinating Diseases
8:18For this episode of “Ask the Expert: Research Edition,” Rebecca Whitney of SRNA was joined by Dr. Michael Levy. Dr. Levy gave a brief overview of one of his recent papers with colleagues that was featured in Frontiers in Neurology, “COVID-19 and the risk of CNS demyelinating diseases: A systematic review.” For this paper, the authors reviewed literature published in English on different platforms around the world where the diagnosis was confirmed usually with aquaporin-4 or MOG antibody testing, including children and adults. They examined whether Covid infections cause inflammatory central nervous system (CNS) demyelinating diseases, including multiple sclerosis, NMOSD, MOG antibody disease, or relapses, and at what rate. You can view the paper here: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fneur.2022.970383/full
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1101. What do we know about holistic therapies to manage symptoms of rare neuroimmune disorders?
42:47Krissy Dilger of SRNA was joined by Megan Weigel, DNP, 200RYT for an “Ask the Expert” podcast titled “What do we know about holistic therapies to manage symptoms of rare neuroimmune disorders?” Megan began by introducing holistic therapies and integrative medicine. Next, she explained where medical providers can locate information regarding supplements, their interactions with medication, and evidence in medical publications. She described how holistic therapies such as nutrition, mindfulness, yoga, chiropractic care, and acupressure may benefit rare neuroimmune disorders. Megan also emphasized the importance of working with properly educated and licensed providers. Finally, she recommended resources for those who are curious to learn more about these topics.
1011. Health Disparities and Rare Neuroimmune Disorders
17:46Krissy Dilger of SRNA was joined by Dr. Mitzi Joi Williams for an “Ask the Expert” podcast on "Health Disparities and Rare Neuroimmune Disorders.” Dr. Williams began by defining health disparities, individual health, and population health. Next, she explained the importance of social determinants of health. She discussed the ways in which economic, social, and environmental factors impact health and how marginalized populations are traditionally most impacted by disparities. Finally, Dr. Williams shared recommendations for health care providers and advocacy organizations to address or mitigate the impact of some of these health disparities and actively help to bridge these gaps.
1010. Immunology of Rare Neuroimmune Disorders Part 3
17:57Dr. GG deFiebre of SRNA was joined by Dr. Benjamin Greenberg for an “Ask the Expert” podcast episode titled, “Immunology of Rare Neuroimmune Disorders Part 3.” Dr. Greenberg began by explaining repair versus recovery in the spinal cord, the brain, and the optic nerves. He discussed how the body naturally remakes myelin and current research on astrocytic scars. He also summarized how an MRI may not correlate with how much function returns. Finally, Dr. Greenberg provided information on ongoing research on repair and stem cells, as well as the risks of stem cell clinics.
1009. Air Travel with a Disability: Blind and Guide Dog Travel
22:51Dr. GG deFiebre of SRNA was joined by Andrea Mitchell of the MOG Project for an “Ask the Expert” podcast on "Air Travel with a Disability: Blind and Guide Dog Travel." Andrea began by providing suggestions on how to prepare for a trip and notify an airline about travel with a guide dog. She detailed how to maneuver through security while never separating from the dog, the rights of passengers who have disabilities through the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), and resources available from TSA Cares staff and airlines’ Complaint Resolution Officials (CRO). Finally, Andrea described utilizing relief areas at airports, the process of boarding an airplane, flying with a guide dog, and getting off of an airplane. Helpful resources: https://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer/passengers-disabilities https://www.guidedog.org/GD/caresupport/TravelTips.aspx https://www.seeingeye.org/blog/tips_for_traveling_by_air_with_a_guide_dog.html
Bonus Track | COVID-19 Vaccines Part VII with Dr. Greenberg
25:36In Part 7 of our Q&A series, Dr. Benjamin M. Greenberg, member of SRNA’s Board of Directors and SRNA’s Medical and Scientific Council, discussed COVID-19 vaccinations and the implications for those with rare neuroimmune disorders.
1008. An Update on Poliomyelitis
39:40Dr. GG deFiebre of SRNA was joined by Drs. Amy Rosenfeld, Sarah Hopkins, and Katie Lockwood for an Ask the Expert podcast episode titled “An Update on Poliomyelitis.” The experts began by providing an overview of poliovirus and how it causes poliomyelitis. They also discussed the major symptoms of poliomyelitis, the two types of poliovirus vaccines, and how poliomyelitis differs from acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) and transverse myelitis (TM). Finally, the experts gave general recommendations about these vaccines for people who have neuroimmune disorders or who are on immunosuppression.
1007. Immunology of Rare Neuroimmune Disorders Part 2
44:14Krissy Dilger of SRNA hosted this Ask the Expert podcast on "Immunology of Rare Neuroimmune Disorders Part 2" with experts Dr. Alex Simpson and Dr. Paula Barreras. The experts provided information on how the immune system interacts with the neurological system to cause rare neuroimmune disorders. They described each of these conditions and how different treatments impact the immune system. Finally, the experts talked about long-term issues related to immune-mediated diseases, including relapses, vaccinations, pregnancy and family planning, and genetic components.
1006. Immunology of Rare Neuroimmune Disorders Part 1
59:33Dr. GG deFiebre of SRNA was joined by Dr. Philippe-Antoine Bilodeau and Dr. Anastasia Vishnevetsky for the first episode in a four part “Ask the Expert” podcast series on “Immunology of Rare Neuroimmune Disorders.” The experts began by discussing innate and acquired immunity, immune cells, and antibodies. They explained the interrelatedness and interactions between different aspects of the immune system and the nervous system. They also gave a detailed overview of how several medications affect the immune system as treatments and therapies for rare neuroimmune disorders. Finally, the experts discussed how the brain and immune system may or may not change after an injury and the direction of neuroimmunology research.