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Faculty Member Publishes Two Papers on Allergy-related Topics

A physician and faculty member at East Tennessee State University recently published two papers related to his areas of expertise.

In November, an article by Dr. Alexei Gonzalez, an allergy/immunology specialist at Quillen ETSU Physicans and assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Quillen College of Medicine, was published addressing the educational quality of asthma-related information found on YouTube.

The paper, which Gonzalez wrote with seven others, included the analysis of 200 YouTube videos relating to asthma. They were analyzed for characteristics, source and content.

The result of the study indicates that YouTube videos about asthma were frequently viewed but were a poor source of accurate health care information. Gonzalez and his co-authors further determined that the allergy/immunology community has a clear opportunity to enhance the value of educational material on YouTube.

Dr. Alexei Gonzalez

 

The paper, Popular on YouTube: A critical appraisal of the educational quality of information regarding asthma, was published by Allergy and Asthma Proceedings.

In a paper published this month, Gonzalez co-authored an assessment of whether there is always a need for prescription eyedrops for patients with allergic conjunctivitis, ultimately determining that not all patients require them.

We reserve prescription drops for patients with persistent bothersome symptoms despite using over-the-counter drops, Gonzales writes.

The article, Does allergic conjunctivitis always require prescription eyedrops?, was published in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine.

Throughout his career, Gonzalez has published more than 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He joined ETSU earlier this year and is currently accepting patients at Quillen ETSU Physicians, where he sees individuals for issues related to asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, drug allergies, immune deficiencies, acute and chronic sinusitis, stinging insect allergies, food allergies, anaphylaxis and more.

Appointments and referrals with Gonzalez can be scheduled by calling Quillen ETSU Physicians at 423-439-7280.

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