CAR-T cell therapies in myeloma, nutritional management of PCOS & Covid-19 vaccinations in women
APRIL 1, 2021

Managing PCOS Symptoms with Nutrition Modifications & Supplements

with  Angela Grassi 
April 16, 2021, 2:30 PM EST

Diet and medical nutrition therapy is a crucial part of PCOS management. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Nutrition Care Manual includes evidence-based medical nutrition therapy guidelines for adolescents & young adults with PCOS which indicates that proper management of macronutrient intake & supplementation of a few micronutrients are helpful in reducing symptoms of PCOS such as bloating, male-pattern baldness, acne, irregular menstruation, hyperandrogenism & more. However, one size does not fit all & personalised nutrition guidance is recommended for all women. What supplements have been shown to regulate periods and improve fertility? Which nutrient reduces excess hair growth and acne? What helps reduce bloating before periods? Does intermittent fasting work? Is low carb better or low fat? What does evidence tell us? To get answers to these questions and more from the PCOS Tracker community as well as women from the larger community, we are talking to registered dietician Angela Grassi, a PCOS survivor herself who is an internationally known nutrition and health expert on PCOS, author of several books on PCOS and founder of PCOS Nutrition Center. Anglea will educate us about the most effective dietary modifications to improve various manifestations of PCOS in different age groups. 

Angela Grassi
Ashley Levinson
Shweta Mishra
March 3, 2021, 2 PM EST
Covid19 vaccines roll out began in mid December 2020, with the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines as the first widely available shots. However these vaccines use the mRNA technology for which there is virtually no data – and will likely not be available for months – as to how they might affect pregnant women and their babies. There is also a widespread confusion amongst women who are breastfeeding and are trying to conceive. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says “People who are pregnant and part of a group recommended to receive the COVID-19 vaccine may choose to be vaccinated.” Although many pregnant women have taken the vaccine so far with a leap of faith, the dilemma persists. We are talking to reproductive endocrinologist & virologist Dr Cindy Duke of Nevada Fertility Institute to get answers to common questions and clear the air around myths related to use of COVID19 vaccines in women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive naturally/via ART, and dig deeper into why the CDC quotes “they are unlikely to pose a significant risk for people who are pregnant.”
Dr Cindy Duke
Davina Fankhauser
Valerie Landis
Erika Volk
Shweta Mishra
January 27, 2021, 10 AM EST
We kickstart the new year with a discussion on CAR T cells in myeloma treatment with a focus on the CT053, a CAR T-cell therapy targeting the BCMA protein and granted orphan drug status by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of multiple myeloma. CAR T- cell therapy harnesses a patient’s own immune cells to fight cancer. These therapies consist of collecting a patient’s T-cells — a type of immune cell with the ability to fight cancers — and genetically modifying them in the lab to produce a chimeric antigen receptor, or CAR, that targets a specific cancer protein. American Society of Hematology (ASH) 2020 meeting saw CAR T cell therapies for myeloma presented and discussed at length. The Myeloma panel of Gary Petersen, Jack Aiello, and Cynthia Chmielewski is talking to Dr. Shaji Kumar of Mayo Clinic about CT053 and other CART therapies in the pipeline for myeloma treatment.

Dr Shaji Kumar
Gary Petersen
Jack Aiello 
Cynthia Chmielewski
Priya Menon
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