Spotlight on Annals

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

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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

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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.

Biomarkers for asthma and picking the perfect biologic

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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

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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.