Spotlight on Annals

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.

The best of 2018 and how allergy and gender intersect

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February 11, 2019

It’s been a cold and wet winter across much of our country. The month of February holds promise for a warmer spring, and soon trees will begin blooming across our country. From my home in central Mississippi, I’m already beginning to see buds on the oak trees. And this means increased numbers of patients in our offices who will present with both seasonal and nonseasonal symptoms. The February issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology contains a great deal of information for you, the practicing clinician, at whatever level of experience you have and whatever practice setting you occupy.

The value of dupilumab in persistent asthma and the life of Kimishige Ishizaka, MD, co-discoverer of IgE

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January 28, 2019

For many of us, this month is cold and rainy, and down time can be spent with a warm beverage and your January copy of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. There are a few features you might find of interest for you as well as benefit in the care of your patients.

The microbiome of the nose and the development of allergic diseases

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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.