WAO News and Notes

Volume 11, Issue 3, March 2014

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President's Message

Dear Friends,

Many of us have just returned from the AAAAI Annual Meeting in San Diego where the WAO Board of Directors and several of the WAO Committees met and discussed their vision and plans for the next two years. I look forward to sharing with you all some of the ambitious goals and outcomes our Committees identified in San Diego.

I would now like to take a few moments and highlight the upcoming World Allergy Week – 7-13 April 2014. This year WAO has selected the theme Anaphylaxis – When Allergies Can Be Severe and Fatal. Anaphylaxis is rising in prevalence around the world and there is a need for awareness and understanding of anaphylaxis. WAO will reach out globally to share information and encourage dialogue and collaboration toward improved patient care and quality of life for those who suffer from anaphylaxis: [...] Read more>>

WAO International Scientific Conference 2014

WISC 2014 Registration and Abstract Submission - Now Open!

To register for WISC 2014 click here

To submit an abstract to be considered for inclusion in the WISC 2014 Scientific Program click here

Find more information on the stimulating science to be offered in our Preliminary Program. Access

World Allergy Forum

The World Allergy Forum (WAF) on, "Anaphylaxis: From Mechanisms to Novel Therapies,” was presented at the 2014 AAAAI Annual Meeting in San Diego, California (USA). The Symposium was a great success with over 550 participants in attendance. Visit WAF online.

Programmed by AAAAI and WAO. Funded through an educational grant from Novartis.

View the WAO Meetings Calendar for more exciting events!

World Allergy Week 2014

Save the Date: WAO, in collaboration with its Member Societies, will host World Allergy Week 2014 (7-13 April) on the theme of Anaphylaxis — When Allergies Can Be Severe and Fatal.

Don't know what to plan for your member society? See what other member societies have done in the past for World Allergy Week, click here 

Member Societies: Click here to download the World Allergy Week 2014 logo for your website and be sure to link the logo back to WorldAllergyWeek.org

What activites are you planning to increase awareness of anaphylaxis. Tell us at info@worldallergy.org

 Join the Conversation at:

Twitter: @worldallergy

Facebook: facebook.com/worldallergyorg

Remember to use the hashtag #WorldAllergyWeek


March 2014
Volume 7
Alessandro Fiocchi, MD
Erika Jensen-Jarolim, MD
Deputy Editor


Off-label prescribing for allergic diseases in children
Silva D, Ansotegui I, Morais-Almeida M
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45 year-old male with recurrent angioedema: WAO international case-based discussions
Leiding JW, Beakes D, Dreskin SC, Grumach A, Hide M, Reshef A, Triggiani M, Kaliner MA
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Prevalence trends in respiratory symptoms and asthma in relation to smoking: Two cross-sectional studies ten years apart among adults in northern Sweden
Backman H, Hedman L, Jansson SA, Lindberg A, Lundbäck B, Rönmark E
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2013 WAO Symposium on Immunotherapy and Biologics, Meeting Abstracts
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Articles published in the WAO Journal are available through PubMed Central and PubMed.

Authors wishing to submit manuscripts can obtain a submission checklist online.

The worldwide platform of the WAO Journal offers a special opportunity for exchange of information and ideas among different regions of the world. But it is worth remembering that we are all dedicated to the care of patients with allergic diseases, and the Journal is dedicated to promoting any activity that enhances our capabilities in this area and extends new knowledge and information.
– Alessandro Fiocchi, MD

Allergy is a global clinical problem, but the answer to it lies in the allergen molecules. Only when understanding the mechanisms will we have a chance to prevent, diagnosis, and treat allergies in our patients in an optimal way.
– Erika Jensen-Jarolim, MD

Medical Journal Reviews

Editors' Choice
Literature Review

Juan Carlos Ivancevich, MD
Phillip Lieberman, MD

Drug desensitization to chemotherapeutic agents and monoclonal antibodies

Read this and all reviews

Allergy Book Review

Book Review

Allergic Rhinitis

Edited by Marek L. Kowalski

Reviewed by María Adelina Prieto Patrón, MD

Read the Review

What is New in Small Airways Research?

By Ves Dimov, MD

Biologic targeted therapy in allergic asthma

Read this and all article reviews

Research Article Summaries

By Juan Carlos Aldave Becerra, MD
Juan Felix Aldave Pita, MD

Atopic Dermatitis and the Atopic March Revisited (Dharmage SC, et al, 2014)

Read the newest summaries

Read past summaries

Call for Translators

WAO is looking for physician volunteers with native Portuguese language and a strong command of English to translate sections of the monthly newsletter into Portuguese (both Brazil and Portugal are needed).

The sections to be translated include each new month’s edition of Editors’ Choice Literature Reviews, WAO Medical Book Reviews (one review), and the President’s Message.

For more information, contact Samantha Machart.

Thank you to all of the WAO review authors and translators!

What's New

WAO Junior Members Group - March Member News!

WAO Junior Members were very active during the AAAAI Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA earlier this month. Be sure to check out this month’s WAO Junior Members News to read more about it!

WAO Centers of Excellence - 2014 Southampton

We are pleased to announce the WAO Center of Excellence for 2014 is Southampton Allergy Center.

Southampton has an international reputation for scientific and patient based research in Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology. They have expertise in the clinical trials, epidemiology, diagnostic laboratory and scientific basis of food, drug, skin, eye, airway and pediatric allergies and have established cross disciplinary research programs that examine Life Course Immunity. The three key physicians in the leading roles are Professor Hasan Arshad (Research Lead), Dr. Anthony Williams (Clinical Lead) and Dr. Judith Holloway (Education Lead).

Please stop by the WAO Centers of Excellence webpage to read more about Southampton, and find out how to become part of the WAO Centers of Excellence program! 

Interact with WAO on Facebook and Twitter! 

Have you visited WAO’s social media sites on Facebook and Twitter? These social media pages will bring you up-to-date information about current news and events of interest to allergists/immunologists. You will also get updates on future meetings, scientific content, and what is new at www.worldallergy.org

WAO would like to thank our followers:
We now have over 1,575 followers on Twitter and 1,275 likes on Facebook!

Make sure to visit both of our pages for the latest WAO news!

Twitter: @worldallergy

Facebook: facebook.com/worldallergyorg

New Education and Programs!

Allergy Quiz
Which following statements regarding oral aspirin desensitization in AERD are true?
By Mandel Sher, MD

Ask the Expert
Climate Change Effects on Allergy
I am an allergist in a small community and I have been invited to be part of a panel on a TV current events program to discuss the effects of climate change on allergy in the community. I am aware of some data on the earlier start and prolonged nature of seasonal pollens. Is there good evidence of other changes we can expect?
Experts Responses from: Nelson Rosario, MD, PhD, Leonard Bielory, MD, Gennaro D’Amato, MD