Spotlight on Annals

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

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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

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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

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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

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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).

Eosinophilic esophagitis: from biology to medical and dietary management

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August 13, 2018

August has arrived, and the heat index is high just about everywhere in the northern hemisphere. That is also true of the August issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology which contains some hot articles on a variety of topics that will inform and hopefully guide the practicing allergist/immunologist towards improved patient care. This month’s emphasis is eosinophilic esophagitis and we have multiple manuscripts that are focused in this area. I would like to call your attention to two in particular.

The impact of rhinoconjunctivitis on the quality of an adolescent’s life and honoring the great Elliot Ellis, MD

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July 23, 2018

Some of you may be going on vacation this month. That is a great time to sit down and spend some time reading articles and features in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology that you may not have had time to read yet. In keeping with our “something for everyone in every issue” promise, I want to call a couple of articles to your attention.

Barriers to medication adherence and stress in allergic disease

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July 9, 2018

July has arrived and the weather is hot just about any place in the Northern hemisphere that you choose to visit. That may mean you spend a bit more time indoors which could give you more time to peruse the pages of our July 2018 issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Our emphasis in this month’s issue is nonpharmacologic allergy and asthma therapies which focuses on the psychosocial aspects of patient care. There are multiple articles that will have impact on your practice, and I would like to call your attention to two in particular.

Pediatric asthma yardstick and attitudes about early peanut introduction

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June 25, 2018

As we begin summer, I hope you take time to sit with a cool drink (or morning coffee) and peruse the pages of the June issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. As previously mentioned, the emphasis for this month is allergic skin diseases. However, in keeping with the Annals philosophy of “something for everyone in every issue,” I want to call your attention to two articles that should be useful to you in caring for patients who may not have allergic skin diseases.

Occupational contact dermatitis, a review of contact dermatitis and a new instrument to asses chronic idiopathic urticaria and angioedema

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June 11, 2018

The June issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology is another installment of our renewed commitment to provide cutting edge information that can be used by practicing allergists-immunologists. This month’s emphasis is on allergic skin diseases and we have multiple articles on this broad topic. Three are of particular notice for our readers.