Ah, September — the weather begins to cool, the days get shorter, children go off to school, and your patients start arriving complaining of sinus pressure with the change in season. Well, this month, Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology has you covered! The focus of our September issue is chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) and you will find all you need to provide the best possible care to your patients with sinus disease.
This month contains the updated practice parameter on CRS to help you provide the best evidenced-based care to your patients. We also have review articles on the role of biologics in treating aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease and an update on allergic fungal rhinosinusitis. Also in this month’s issue is an interesting review of the surgical management of CRS – so that you can be aware of what your surgical colleagues are doing when they are operating on your patients.
Is the academic allergist dead? This month we have a probing perspective that addresses this topic, as well as one that looks at the role of child life specialists in the pediatric food allergy clinic. These are all good reads and, like all our perspectives, provide food for thought on the future of our specialty.
Original articles this month explore the effect of chronic respiratory conditions on the vaccine response of adults, the impact of obesity on oscillometry lung mechanics, the effect of tezepelumab on health care utilization in asthma, and an interesting study suggesting that prolonged resolution of inflammation in allergic asthma leads to dysfunctional interactions between neutrophils and the airway epithelium. Other articles explore whether infant feeding practices are related to food allergy, and the safety and outcomes of at-home self-provocation tests for NSAID induced urticaria/angioedema.
Letters this month cover a wide range of topics in allergy and immunology. There are studies looking at whether controller therapy works to attenuate exacerbations to SARS-CoV-2, the effect of race on in-hospital outcomes for asthma patients, the proportion of patients referred for a drug allergy evaluation who complete the evaluation, and an interesting study exploring the level of industry-sponsored research funding in allergy/immunology practitioners, amongst many others.
Hopefully you read the recent College Insider article interviewing the creative genius of the Marginal Zone. Well, this month the Marginal Zone presents “Pollen Bingo!” – a cartoon that may find its way into the FIT Bowl at the upcoming Annual Meeting. The Cartotoorial that accompanies the cartoon discusses how pollen counts are obtained and is a nice (and short) refresher on the techniques used. Oh, and our special 80th Anniversary article explores skin testing over the years – definitely something you will want to read!
As always, if you have any comments, please consider sending a correspondence to Annals (email us at annals@ACAAI.org). We are always excited to hear how Annals has helped you improve the lives of your patients!
Mitchell Grayson, MD, FACAAI