Spotlight on Annals
As I write this column for the Insider, I recognize the absolute pandemonium – both personal and professional – that has embraced all of us to one degree or another because of the COVID pandemic. This has disrupted so very much of what we do, yet life does move on. I have been amazed at the continued efforts to produce our journal in a timely fashion. Our submission rate has actually increased, rather than decreased. Our editors and reviewers have stepped up and gone well beyond what might be expected. Our editorial staff has not missed a single day during this entire time of lockdown. And our publisher has maintained schedules in creative ways. To everyone who had had a part in keeping the June issue on time, may I just say a heartfelt “thank you!”
Spring is starting to morph into summer, but this one is unlike any that most of us have ever seen, given the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the unclear future sequence of events. By now, everyone should have received their May copy of the Annals and hopefully had time to look it over. This month has many important features for the practicing allergist-immunologist, and I hope you will take time to read and ponder as many as you can. Toward that goal, I have a couple of suggestions.
The last few months have been rough for all of us with the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges it has presented to us, for personal and family safety as well as adverse impact on our patients and our practices. Yet we still need to learn new and important things that will allow us to deepen our knowledge and better care for our patients. The May issue of Annals is focused on food allergy, and there are many different articles that will interest and inform you. I wish to call your attention to several of them.
The days are getting longer as we get closer to the spring allergy season. Although our emphasis in this month’s issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has been on anaphylaxis, there are other features of interest and importance that should be useful to you.
Groundhog Day came and went, and the little guy did not see his shadow, which means an early spring. Many of us are gearing up for the seasonal rush that we all look forward to every spring. However, as you have a little down time between clinics, I want to be sure you take time to examine the February issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. The emphasis this month is anaphylaxis and there are multiple offerings that should be interesting to you. I suggest you begin by reading the outstanding editorial by Associate Editor Mariana Castells, MD, FACAAI.
I hope your winter hasn’t been too harsh so far. The midsouth of the United States is having a milder than usual season, but there is still a great deal of moisture. Such days offer opportunities for a little inside time for reading. I can think of no better reading material than the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. I’d like to suggest a few articles for your reading and educational pleasure. An absolute “must read” is the latest idiopathic anaphylaxis yardstick, which is focused on practical recommendations for clinical practice. This series has been very popular among readers, as it is a succinct overview of the specific disease with focused approaches to diagnostic and therapeutic challenges.
Happy New Year! For many of us, 2019 absolutely flew by. As new information, new consensus and new guidelines continue to emerge, keeping up with what may seem to be familiar diseases and syndromes remains paramount to providing the best possible care for our patients. Accordingly, the emphasis for our January issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology is allergic skin diseases. There are several articles that I would like to mention as good reads with great educational messages.
Christmas Day is right around the corner. Hopefully everyone (whether you personally celebrate Christmas or not) will have some down time coming with the new year holiday. This will be a perfect time to peruse the December issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. I am pleased to offer a few suggestions for those interested.
First, as I hope you have noticed, the Annals has had an uptick in the number of articles that are short and to the point, allowing readers to gain new information in a matter of minutes. A prime component of this is our Letters feature. We typically have 10 – 12 letters per issue on a variety of topics that will interest a broad percentage of our readers. I encourage you to check them out.
Next week many of us will gather in Houston for our Annual Meeting. There will be many learning opportunities, including great information on asthma. I thought I would point out a few more articles in the October issue to recommend for your reading pleasure and information. It is a great way to spend a cool autumn afternoon/evening.
Well, we are all finally into the fall season in North America and there are signs of autumn everywhere ̶ even in the deep South where we have had amazingly warm weather to date. It is finally cooling down. All the football teams (high school, college, pros) are far enough into their seasons that the playoff picture is beginning to come into focus. That will allow many of us to slow down a bit and take time to peruse the October issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. I want to provide my thoughts on the whole issue and particularly some “don’t miss” reading opportunities.