Spotlight on the Annual Meeting

A whole new meeting experience awaits you in Seattle

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January 1, 2018

Put Nov. 15-19 on your calendar because you’re going to want to join the College in Seattle for a whole new meeting experience. The 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting is all about you, and we’re shaking things up to bring you more of what you want.

“The theme for next year is Practice Empowerment: Patients. Community. Partners. We will profile the allergists unique role in working with our partners to better serve our patients,” said Todd Mahr, MD, FACAAI, vice president and program chair. “We will also highlight the many opportunities we have to work within our communities.”

Claim your CME credit now!

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November 6, 2017

We’ve closed the books on another great ACAAI Annual Meeting, but if you still haven’t claimed your CME credit, it’s not too late.

For your convenience, ACAAI is using an online evaluation and credit claiming system for the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting. The system allows you to complete evaluations and claim credit for sessions attended. After completing an overall meeting evaluation, you will be able to save and/or print your certificate.

Latest food allergy research

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October 30, 2017

Two research studies highlighted at the Annual Meeting unveiled important new information for allergists. Both studies stemmed from a national survey conducted by Ruchi Gupta, MD, ACAAI member.

The first study suggests that peanut allergy in children has increased 21 percent since 2010, and that nearly 2.5 percent of U.S. children may have an allergy to peanuts.

Is it finally a brave new world?

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October 30, 2017

For years, allergists were assured that changes in health care delivery would revolutionize the way they practiced medicine. Have predictions fulfilled their expectations?

In the annual Bela Schick Lecture, which has traditionally focused on the future of allergy, Allen Meadows, MD, FACAAI, asked Is it FINALLY a Brave New World? with the overarching theme of, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”

“We have been promised that new systems being proposed for medicine will change the future of medicine forever. But none, except Medicare, have quite lived up to the hype,” said Dr. Meadows, Advocacy Council chair.

A world of precision medicine

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October 30, 2017

As we celebrated 75 years of excellence during the Annual Meeting, we also looked to the future. Predicting the future can be a precarious task that often turns into visions of flying cars and plots of Star Trek episodes. When Susan Rudd Bailey, MD, FACAAI, looks ahead, she stays closer to the ground, to a world that has refined the research of today to make it the reality of tomorrow.

“Who would have thought 10 years ago that we would be holding in our hands a very powerful computer,” she said, referencing the smartphone. “What technologies will we have 10 years from now?”

Do your patients have food allergy questions?

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October 9, 2017

Food allergies have been in the headlines all year. It began when the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced new guidelines for introducing peanut-containing products to high, moderate and low-risk infants to prevent peanut allergy. Ten months later, many parents are still confused about the guidelines, and are probably coming to you for answers. That’s just the first glance when it comes to food allergy as a hot topic. The College Annual Scientific Meeting Oct. 26-30 in Boston has a lot of answers, and will provide the information you need to be the go-to resource for your patients.