Spotlight on Annals

The microbiome of the nose and the development of allergic diseases


January 14, 2019

It is amazing that 2019 is already upon us. The contents of this month’s Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology feature an emphasis on our old friend, chronic rhinosinusitis. Those of us who see patients regularly are faced with increasingly severe presentations of this family of diseases as the more straightforward nasal symptoms are increasingly cared for by primary care providers and/or patient self-management. Accordingly, we have multiple articles that focus on more severe presentations that should help our readers better care for these patients. There are a couple of articles I would like to call to your attention.

Best therapy for atopic dermatitis and an update to the College’s Asthma Yardstick


December 31, 2018

We are well into the holiday season and tomorrow is New Year’s Day. Hopefully you are contemplating your New Year’s resolutions and you have spending more time reading the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology on your list. We have many good features in our December issue that can assist you in your practice.

Unnecessary food allergy testing and prophylactic treatment for HAE


December 10, 2018

The year is rapidly drawing to a close. Holiday preparations abound, and we are all looking forward to the new year. Many of us are thinking about how we can operate our practices more efficiently, take better care of our patients and enjoy what we do even more in 2019 than we have this year. For many of us, we are anticipating a bit of downtime mixed in with bustling activity over the next several weeks. I hope you will save some time to spend with your print or online copy of the December issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. This issue is dedicated to addressing challenges that occur in many of our offices.

A review of professional liability when prescribing beta-lactams and the contributions and life of Henry Claman, MD


November 26, 2018

As we return to work after our holiday weekend celebrating Thanksgiving, our minds are still full of gratitude for our family and friends we’ve spent time with. Hopefully, you’ll now have an opportunity to peruse the November Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology issue either online or in print. The emphasis for this month’s issue is penicillin allergy, an important and timely topic.

Who really needs penicillin allergy testing and reviewing penicillin minor determinants


November 12, 2018

Our Annual Scientific Meeting will soon be upon us. I hope many of you will be in attendance for what promises to be a unique, fun meeting. You can still register online 24/7 (even during the meeting) or in person at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. But if you can’t travel this year, consider streaming key sessions from the meeting with our Virtual Meeting instead! Our new November issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology focuses on a very important topic – penicillin allergy and how it can impact our patients and our practice.

Biomarkers for asthma and picking the perfect biologic


October 22, 2018

Hopefully it has finally cooled off (but not started snowing) where you live. October is a transition month as many of us will see an increasing amount of asthma patients in our practices during these fall and winter months. The complexity of asthma patients has steadily increased in the years I have been practicing. Some wonder if the disease is different now than it was 30 years ago or whether we are just more skilled at understanding the spectrum of disease. Two review articles in this month’s Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology can help shed some light on this conundrum.

The origins of asthma, impact of caregiver depression and safety of LABAs


October 8, 2018

At least in some parts of North America, October has brought cooler temperatures, wonderfully colorful foliage and a decrease in fall pollen counts. Those of us who see patients naturally turn our thoughts to illnesses that we see more with colder weather. Central to that is asthma, which is the emphasis of this month’s Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. We have a variety of reviews, perspectives and original research that address the various components of this complex illness. I assure you that there is a wide variety of offerings and warn you that once you start reading, you will have trouble putting this issue down. I want to call your attention to a couple of articles that are truly “must reads.”

Modifications in SCIT and a review of reported mechanism of effectiveness of allergen-specific immunotherapy


September 24, 2018

As September winds down, I am hopeful that your teams are winning, that the weather is starting to cool off and that you have had a robust fall allergy season. This month’s Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology issue emphasizes allergen immunotherapy (AIT). Several articles provide new and updated information regarding the basis for effective use of AIT, and I would like to call your attention to two of them, both written by our European colleagues.

Challenges in SLIT vs SCIT and initial results of a food allergen oral immunotherapy study


September 17, 2018

Fall is coming to the Northern hemisphere. School has started everywhere, and the football season is firing up in North America. Along with these societal events is the inevitable fall allergen season. Many pollen allergic individuals seriously contemplate (and some actually begin) allergen immunotherapy. This month’s issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has an outstanding lineup of articles and other features that emphasize new developments in allergen immunotherapy. An ongoing discussion/debate is the utility of sublingual (SLIT) vs. subcutaneous (SCIT) immunotherapy for treating aeroallergen sensitivities. Several articles address this topic and provide important new information within the context of what we currently know.

Subtypes of EoE, and exploring eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases beyond EoE


August 27, 2018

The month is starting to wind down. Football season is just around the corner and hopefully the afternoons will soon begin to cool. I hope you have your copy of this month’s Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and that you have already read much of it. However, I want to be sure you have noticed two articles in particular that deal with this month’s emphasis of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE).