Prof. Richard F. Lockey, MD, WAO Web Editor-in-Chief, reviewed premier August medical journal articles for practicing allergists. Read his top 3 picks below and for the other 9 reviews, click here.
1. DIRECT DETECTION OF BACTERIAL BIOFILMS ON THE MIDDLE-EAR MUCOSA (MEM) OF CHILDREN WITH CHRONIC OTITIS MEDIA (OM)
2. ULTRA-RUSH VENOM IMMUNOTHERAPY (VIT) INDUCES DIFFERENTIAL T CELL ACTIVATION AND REGULATORY PATTERNS ACCORDING TO THE SEVERITY OF ALLERGY
3. CONTROL OF AIRWAY INFLAMMATION MAINTAINED AT A LOWER STEROID DOSE WITH 100/50 μg OF FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE (FP)/SALMETEROL
To read the additional reviews, click here.
The CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) Society of Allergology and Immunology is a non-government organization that co-ordinates the activities of medical scientists and public health specialists in Russia and other CIS countries in the field of allergology, immunology and asthma basic research, prophylaxis and management. The Society unites over 4,500 members from 12 CIS countries as well as 15 national and 7 regional societies of allergologists and immunologists. The CIS Society of Allergology and Immunology publishes four journals: "Allergology and Immunology," "Asthma," "International Journal on Immunorehabilitation," and an Abstract Journal "Immunophysiology, Immunorehabilitology, Clinical Immunology and Allergology" (jointly published with the Russian Academy of Sciences). Our Society is the successor of the Soviet Union Immunological Society that was founded in June 1983 with the first Congress held in 1989.
The CIS Society of Allergology and Immunology is a WAO member alongside international and regional organizations such as EAACI, AAAAI, and ACAAI.
Our Society has a wealth of experience in organizing important international congresses and conferences. In 2001, we hosted the I European Asthma Congress in Moscow; in 2003, the XVII World Asthma Congress was held in Saint-Petersburg, and our events in the Bolshoi Theater in 2001 and in Petershoff in 2003 are engraved in the memory of these congress participants.
On September 11-13, 2006, the VI CIS Congress of Immunology and Allergology took place in Moscow. The Opening Ceremony of the Congress included the official presentation of the Russian Edition of Allergy & Clinical Immunology International – Journal of the World Allergy Organization. It was a very important event for allergists and immunologists in post-Soviet countries and became a reality due to our cooperation with Professor Allen Kaplan, a former President of WAO, and financial support of the project by the Immunology Research Institute of New England (IRINE). We hope that the publication of such a prominent journal in Russian will contribute to further development of allergology and immunology in the CIS countries and improve educational levels of not only allergologists and immunologists but also specialists involved in related fields. It will also promote higher levels of medical care standards in the CIS countries and the implementation of recent research into clinical practice, which is one of the key tasks of our Society. Another important aim of the CIS Society of Allergology and Immunology is to establish a bridge connecting scientists and health care practitioners.
In April 2007, the VII CIS Congress of Allergology and Immunology will take place in Moscow. From April 21 through April 24, 2007, we will have a great chance to host the V European Asthma Congress and the I World Congress on COPD in Moscow. We would be happy to meet allergologists, immunologists, pulmonologists, pediatricians and other health care practitioners from all over the world. Our guests will have an opportunity to visit the most beautiful and famous sights of Moscow such as the Kremlin, the Red Square, the Manezh Exhibition Hall, the Bolshoi Theater, the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum, Christ the Savior Cathedral, Vassily the Blessed Cathedral, the State Tretyakov Gallery complex, the Panorama museum of the Battle of Borodino, the Novodevichy Convent, and the Memorial museum on Poklonnaya Gora.
Provided by: Professor Revaz Sepiashvili, MD, PhD
WAO, in collaboration with the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI), is excited to launch our first year of the US GLORIA program, which has been developed to promote the mission of both WAO and ACAAI to optimize allergy care in the United States.
Launching this fall, GLORIA modules will be presented at US Regional, State and Local allergy societies for CME credit. Click here if your society is interested in applying for this new program in 2007; the deadline to apply is November 30.
Northwest Allergy Forum
Emerging Societies Meeting Held in Latin America
An Emerging Societies Meeting, jointly funded by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) and WAO, took place on Friday, August 18, 2006, at the Latin American Congress of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The goals of this meeting were to provide outreach in regions where established allergy societies do not exist, improve standards for existing societies and improve standards for research.
National Allergy Society representatives from Latin America were invited to attend, and Allergy Societies that do not currently belong to WAO were asked to give brief presentations on the practice and structure of allergy services in their countries. They were able to identify the most pressing needs related to allergy education in their countries and also provide WAO with a 'wish list' of services that they would like to receive.
We are pleased to announce a new Interactive Case Review based on a Clinical Case Report published in the ACII-JWAO. "A patient with yellow nails" is presented by Denise M. Kearney and Richard F Lockey. To read the review, then make your diagnosis and learn if you agree with the experts, click here.
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Allergy Book Reviews
Mast Cells and Basophils: Development, Activation and Roles in Allergic/Autoimmune Disease
List price: $145.00 USD
PARASITES & ALLERGY
List price: $162.00 USD
The editors have assembled twelve reviews which address the complicated cellular signaling mechanisms that are involved in the phenomenon, allowing the authors to discuss the anomalies in the basic "hygiene hypothesis" and speculate on the implications for associated T1 disease states such as inflammatory bowel disease and diabetes Type 1. Nearly all the reviews use the example of schistosomiasis in their discussion, probably because of the massive and widespread prevalence in the developing world. The biology of intestinal Helminths is dealt with not only in terms of the life cycle but also in evolutionary significance.
Find more allergy book reviews on the WAO Website here.
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