Medical Journal Reviews
1. Asthma as a heterogeneous group of conditions.
Martinez FD, Vercelli D. Asthma. The Lancet 2013; 382(9901): 1360-1372. [doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)61536-6]
Editor’s comment: In this interesting and comprehensive Asthma Seminar the authors reviewed the literature on asthma since 2002, when the last Lancet Seminar on the disease was published. They performed a non-systematic review of articles giving priority to randomized controlled trials when available, larger studies, and articles published in high-quality journals.
2. The atopic march hypothesis linking atopic dermatitis (AD) as the initial manifestation of atopy with progression to asthma and allergic rhinitis.
Dharmage SC, Lowel AJ, Matheson MC, Burgess JA, Allen KJ, Abramson MJ. Atopic dermatitis and the atopic march revisited. Allergy 2013; published online before print, 14 October. (doi:10.1111/all.12268)
Editor’s comment: In this excellent review the authors concluded that the atopic march is relevant for counseling the parents of children with AD about the increased risk of developing asthma and allergic rhinitis later in childhood or even adulthood. They identify interventions that can be implemented for primary and secondary prevention.
3. Level of allergy training and the characteristics of the use of immunotherapy in Latin America.
Baena-Cagnani CE, Larenas Linnemann D, Gómez M, González Díaz S, Solé D, Sánchez-Borges M, Bousquet J et al. Allergy training and immunotherapy in Latin America: results of a regional overview. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 2013; 111(5): 415-419. (doi:10.1016/j.anai.2013.08.011)
Editor’s comment: The present report is the first document available in the international literature providing a detailed and up-to-date description of the level of allergy training and application of specific immunotherapy in Latin America. The authors include a discussion of the regulatory and legal aspects relating to these topics.