Prof. Richard F. Lockey, MD, WAO Web Editor-in-Chief, reviewed premier January medical journal articles for practicing allergists. Read his top 3 picks below and for the other 8 reviews, click here.
1. TREATING ACUTE RHINOSINUSITIS – EFFICACY OF MOMETASONE FUROATE NASAL SPRAY, AMOXICILLIN, OR PLACEBO
2. SYSTEMIC AND UPPER AND LOWER AIRWAY INFLAMMATION AND EXACERBATION OF COPD
3. CLINICAL EFFECTS OF PROBIOTICS IN CHILDREN 6 TO 18 MONTHS WITH ATOPIC DERMATITIS
To read the additional reviews, click here.
Two thousand and three marked the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Italian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (SIAIC). The SIAIC is one of the oldest scientific Societies of allergy and clinical immunology in the world and one of the oldest medical societies in Italy. Its mandate covers three main areas:
The SIAIC is part of national and international networks. At a national level, Regional Sections safeguard the interests of and interact with practicing allergists and allergists working in medical institutions and teaching hospitals. In addition, a newly established section for Junior Members is devoted to the many aspects of education of Fellows in Allergy and Clinical Immunology and Fellows in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics interested in the specialty. At an International Level, the SIAIC represents Italy within the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) and is a member of the World Allergy Organization (WAO).
The SIAIC has launched a number of practical activities regarding the diagnosis and treatment of patients with allergic and immunolgic disorders. From a practical point of view, the SIAIC has produced a series of guidelines and position papers on major topics in allergy that have already been published or are in press in SIAIC's journal, Italian Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (GIAIC), e.g., biological products; immunotherapy; drug allergy; adverse reactions to general anesthetics; insect allergy; immunodeficiencies; food allergy; and allergy to latex. The journal publishes original articles and reviews in English and in Italian (with abstracts in English).
SIAIC's website (www.siaic.net) provides updated news and scientific events at national and international levels in the field of allergy and clinical immunology.
The SIAIC recognizes the importance of postgraduate education and scientific meetings as an educational tool. It holds an annual national congress, with the next annual SIAIC meeting in Turin (April 27 – 29, 2006) under the leadership of Giovanni Rolla (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In spring 2004 the SIAIC introduced in Italy the annual Allergy Day. The next one will be held March 18, 2006 and organized by all Regional Sections. The SIAIC participated in the first World Allergy Day organized by WAO and the posters produced for the occasion were shown at the World Allergy Congress 2005 in Munich.
New on the Home Page this month - "WAO Conversations" and "Interactive Case Reviews"
Translations of the E-letter Now Available
The e-letter is now being translated into seven languages - Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. To access a translation, click on the respective language's name, located below "This Month's Feature" on the Home Page. As more translations become available, they will be added to the site. To see a list of languages, click here.
World Allergy Forum: AAAAI 2006 Annual Meeting
"Sublingual Immunotherapy – Is There a Role?"
A superb international faculty chaired by Michael Kaliner will provide an update on Sublingual Immunotherapy. G. Walter Canonica (Genova, Italy) will analyze the long-term efficacy and safety of sublingual immunotherapy. Anthony J. Frew (Brighton, UK) will describe the mechanisms of sublingual immunotherapy and how it differs from injection immunotherapy, and Linda Cox (Fort Lauderdale, FL, US) will discuss whether the US is ready for sublingual immunotherapy.
WAO Emerging Societies Program Meeting to be held in Conjunction with the 7th Malaysian Congress of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
March 10-12, 2006
Prof. Connie H. Katelaris and Prof. Cassim Motala, WAO Board Members, will travel to Malaysia for an Emerging Societies Meeting, to be held at the 7th Malaysian Congress, March 10-12, 2006. Prof. Motala will be traveling to Malaysia as part of the WAO Seminars & Conferences program and both he and Prof. Katelaris will give GLORIA presentations.
The focus for this meeting will be to provide outreach in regions where established allergy societies do not exist, to help existing allergy societies improve their outreach and scope of activities, and to help establish excellent standards for local research programs.
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Allergy Book Review
List Price: $53.00 USD
Reviewer: Dr Lucinda Berglund MB BS
HIV is a practical book addressing the management of patients with HIV. It ranges from discussing basic concepts such as viral load to details of antiretroviral regimes and resistance mutations. There is a strong emphasis on primary care, from pre-test counseling and diagnosing HIV, to community prevention and screening measures. It provides practical advice about ongoing management issues including monitoring for adverse medication effects and how to investigate and treat opportunistic infections. Information is up to date and evidence-based with extensive references.
The book is divided into ten chapters which can easily be read consecutively but also has a detailed index for use as a reference. Each chapter is written by several different authors and ends with a summary of key points. Concise tables present information including differential diagnoses of common symptoms and treatment options. A useful drug glossary lists doses and toxicities of frequently prescribed medications.
This book would be an excellent resource for general practitioners; general physicians; junior, doctors in training and medical students.
Find more allergy book reviews on the WAO Website here.
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