Spotlight on Annals

Spotlight on Annals

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July 8, 2019

For those reading this who reside in the United States I hope you had a great Fourth of July weekend as we celebrated our great country. For those living elsewhere, I hope your weekend was restful as well. The middle of summer is here in our northern hemisphere bringing hot weather, rain showers (or, in some places drought conditions) and drives many inside for relaxation/recreation. That provides an ideal time to sit with your favorite beverage and peruse the pages of the July Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. This month’s issue has an emphasis on drug allergy – evaluation and approaches to management.

Current practices and perceptions on sublingual immunotherapy and galactose a-1, 3-galactose phenotypes

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June 24, 2019

I am guessing that by now most of you are staying inside as much as possible this long, hot summer, which has really just begun in many parts of the country. I can think of only a few things more useful to you professionally than spending some time reading this month's issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. This issue has many different features that will assist you in your day to day clinical practice. Let me point out a couple of them for you.  

Non-Ige-mediated food allergic gastrointestinal disorders: feeding difficulties in children and food sensitivities involving the gut

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June 10, 2019

June is finally here and school is out. The long, hot summer (at least for most of us in the U.S.) has begun. Hopefully you will have some quality downtime with friends and family soon. There will be picnics, parties and cookouts. No doubt many of you will see patients with food reactions for which you will do workups. The June emphasis of the Annals is food allergy and we have several offerings that I believe will be interesting, informative and useful in your practice. 

The importance of shared decision-making and the correlation between asthma control and school performance

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May 28, 2019

Memorial Day has passed and summer is upon us. I hope your May has been productive and exciting to you as you care for patients with allergy, asthma and immune-based diseases. This month’s issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, has a variety of features to pique your interest. I want to mention a couple of articles that you may not have seen yet but have considerable value, for your consideration.

Clinical issues in the allergist-immunologist’s office due to racial differences

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May 13, 2019

Where has the spring gone? Much of our country has had a great deal of moisture that will nourish many fields of grass. I suspect this will keep many of us busy with patient matters well into the summer. I do hope you will still have time to thumb through the pages of the May issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. As always, we have multiple different features to try to appeal to the interests of the broadest number of our readers as possible. This month’s emphasis is on the clinical issues in the allergist-immunologist’s office because of racial differences. We have a broad number of articles that address this, either directly or indirectly, as specific components of illness that we know differ by race are considered. I would like to point out a few key articles for you to read and consider.

Socioeconomics of food allergy and biologic asthma therapies

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April 22, 2019

As spring begins its march toward summer, the tree pollens will give way to the beginning of grass season. This transition will keep the patients coming who need our help to manage their allergy, asthma and/or immune-based diseases. We have features in the April issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology that should help you in your patient management strategies.

Socioeconomics of atopic dermatitis and new therapies

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April 8, 2019

Happy spring everyone! For most of us, spring allergy season is in full “bloom”! I know it is a busy time in the clinic as many patients (both new and established) are trying to get in to see us. But hopefully you will reserve some down time to relax and recharge. A good and useful activity is reading the April issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. This month’s issue emphasizes socioeconomic aspects of allergy/immunology practice. Some may think socioeconomic concerns only apply to patients who do not have insurance or are otherwise socially disadvantaged. However, with the literal explosion on the market of new and very expensive therapies for many of the conditions we treat such as asthma, atopic dermatitis, hereditary angioedema and others, even insured patients often face challenges.

The asthma controller step-down yardstick, the role of the microbiome in asthma and the gut microbiome in food allergy

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March 25, 2019

As March comes to a close and the temperature (and pollen levels!) continue to rise, I hope many of you will take the time to pick up your March copy of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to see what you may have missed earlier in the month. I would like to call your attention to a few features.

The microbiome

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March 11, 2019

Happy March to all! It looks like the end of winter is in sight for most of our country. We are all beginning to see a warming trend coming. It is this time of year that news media, patients’ and providers’ thoughts turn to allergy. While pollen may be a big part of the discussion, many are turning their attention to factors that may influence whether – and how much – they may suffer from allergies this season. A recent emphasis that has an ancient history has captured the attention of many patients, providers and the public and is the emphasis of this month’s Annals issue – the microbiome. We have some very interesting papers that I believe you will find engaging, informative and useful in your patient care efforts.

How viral infections impact asthma in urban-dwelling kids, and inpatient β-lactam test-dose protocol for an antimicrobial stewardship program

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February 25, 2019

As we move rapidly toward March, things are starting to warm up and bud all over the nation. I hope you have had time to look at the table of contents from the February issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. We have a number of features that cover a broad part of our field. I would like to call several to your attention in case you may have missed one.