Giants in Allergy-Immunology, plus the relationships between upper airway dysfunction and obstructive sleep apnea

July 27, 2015

There are two particularly interesting articles in the August issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to which I would call your attention. 

After the publication of the very well received Perspectives article on Robert Good, MD, PhD, FACAAI, authored by Sami Bahna, MD, FACAAI, earlier this year, the editors decided to launch a new series called “Giants in Allergy-Immunology” that would help younger colleagues get to know (and more senior readers reflect on) the giants in our field, past and present, who have made seminal contributions to the discipline. These are being written by authors who have knowledge of these giants, both professionally and personally. The first installment in this new series is about Roy Patterson, MD, FACAAI, former chair of medicine and AI division chief at Northwestern University and a true giant in our field. This is authored by Phil Lieberman, MD, FACAAI, who was both his fellow and his friend. I trust you will find this both informative and pleasant to read. If there are giants that you would particularly want to read about, please let me know.

The other manuscript I would like to call to your attention is the CME review authored by Dr. Wilhelm and colleagues reviewing the relationships between upper airway dysfunction and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The review is both concise and comprehensive, explaining the basics of OSA including current diagnostic criteria and the role of the nose in OSA and the approach to diagnosis and therapy. There is a section on outcomes as well. Rhinitis-OSA relationships are being increasingly recognized by both sleep medicine professionals and allergists-immunologists in their respective practices. The information here provides the basis for additional two way referrals in those suspected of having OSA complicated by chronic rhinitis/upper airway dysfunction.

These are but two of the many outstanding features in our August issue of the Annals. I invite you to be on the lookout for the print journal in your mail or the online version available after Aug. 3.

Gailen D. Marshall, Jr., MD, PhD, FACAAI, Annals editor-in-chief