Spotlight on Annals

From immunoglobulin replacement to anaphylactic reactions in patients with mastocytosis

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October 9, 2017

The October issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has many articles and features that should be of interest to our readers. We have published on a wide variety that will impact practice.

One such article is written by Mark Ballow, MD, FACAAI, and provides an excellent evidence-based overview of the pragmatic aspects of immunoglobulin replacement. He traces the history of immunoglobulin replacement technology from intramuscular injections to current subcutaneous therapy, and the evolution of dosing strategies including amount and frequency. This is all accomplished using a clinical case and is a must read for all who engage in Ig replacement.

Office-based eligibility for biologics and probiotic therapy for chronic urticaria

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July 3, 2017

The July issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has a variety of features that should be interesting for our readers. I would like to call attention to two specific ones that I encourage you to read.

The first, authored by Enrico Heffler, MD, PhD and colleagues, sought to determine whether a point-of-service device that can provide a blood eosinophil count was accurate enough compared to a standard laboratory-based analyzer. The data suggest that the correlation between the two methodologies was very high. This could provide immediate, office based eligibility for the use of certain biologicals in patients with severe asthma requiring a qualifying blood eosinophil level.

Year in review and an updated practice parameter

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January 3, 2017

Each issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology offers new opportunities for learning. The January issue is full of new features and manuscripts that will fulfil learning opportunities with wide and varying interests.

Two articles in particular are worth special mention. The first is the annual Year in Review: The Best of 2016 in the Annals, authored by the editors. We carefully selected these articles based upon our perception of greatest utility to our readers. It is a succinct way for you to see the highlights of the two volumes of the Annals published in 2016, organized based upon subheadings derived from the table of contents of each issue.