WAO News and Notes

Volume 11, Issue 4, April 2014

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President's Message

Dear Friends,

I am proud to announce the publication of “Sublingual Immunotherapy: World Allergy Organization position paper 2013 update”. This is a significant achievement for WAO. Led by G. Walter Canonica, Linda Cox, and Ruby Pawankar, the 2013 paper is a condensed update of the ten chapters that appeared in the original position paper in 2009, with the addition of new chapters on emerging issues. The core document for consultation will continue to be the 2009 article, and the update contains new evidences corroborated by references and revised content based on new data: [...] Read more>>

WAO International Scientific Conference 2014

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WAO Meetings at the EAACI Congress 2014

World Allergy Forum - 10 June 2014

The World Allergy Forum (WAF) invites you to attend the session, "Origins of Severe Airway Diseases,” being presented at the EAACI Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark from 13.30-15.00 at the Bella Center. Visit WAF online.

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

WAO Member Society Forum – 10 June 2014

You are invited to attend the WAO Member Society Forum during the EAACI Congress on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 from 9.30 – 10.30 in Room: BV1 at the Bella Center in Copenhagen. Participate, network, and transform ideas into action by representing your Member Society in discussions with the WAO Board of Directors.

Recieve updates about the upcoming WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC 2014) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 6-9 December 2014.

Please RSVP to Eric Johnson at ejohnson@worldallergy.org. Please extend this invitation to any Special Representative of your choice that will be attending the EAACI Congress. We hope to see you there.

Raffle! WAO Member Society representatives in attendance will be entered into a raffle to win one free WISC 2014 Registration.

View the WAO Meetings Calendar for more exciting events!

World Allergy Week 2014 a Huge Success!

From 7-13 April, WAO hosted World Allergy Week 2014 in collaboration with its Member Societies, patient organizations, and others interested in raising awareness of Anaphylaxis – When Allergies Can Be Severe and Fatal. A wide range of activities took place during the week including live press conferences and teleconferences, patient education programs, and workshops as well as active promotions through social media channels, websites and blogs. The reports sent to WAO have been posted at www.worldallergyweek.org, which will continue to be updated throughout the next few weeks. See how you collectively raised awarenss of anaphylaxis. WAO is looking forward to collaborating with you again for World Allergy Week 2015!


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


Sublingual immunotherapy: World Allergy Organization position paper 2013 update
Canonica GW, Cox L, Pawankar R, Baena-Cagnani CE, Blaiss M, Bonini S, Bousquet J, Calderón M et al.

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AQUA© as predictor of allergy in elite marathon runners
Teixeira RN, Medes FAR, Martins MA, Mickleborough TD, Carvalho CRF
Provisional Abstract (and PDF)


Setting the stage of innovations in allergy globally
Fiocchi, A
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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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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

IL-4, IL-13, and thymic stromal lymphopoietin play a key role in allergic disease

Read this and all reviews

Allergy Book Review

Book Review

Bronchial Asthma: Emerging Therapeutic Strategies

Edited by Elizabeth Sapey

Reviewed by Delara Babaie, MD

Read the Review

What is New in Small Airways Research?

By Ves Dimov, MD

Decrease inhaled steroid dose by 50% after a period of asthma stability: risk of exacerbation remains low

Read this and all article reviews

Research Article Summaries

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

Acute and Long-Term Management of Food Allergy: Systematic Review (de Silva D, et al, 2014)

Read the newest summaries

Read past summaries

Call for Allergy Quizzes

Would you like the opportunity to submit a quiz question along with answers and explanation that can be used for future quizzes?

WAO is looking for volunteers for the Allergy Quiz section of the website. Each quiz will be featured on the homepage of the WAO website and announced in the monthly newsletter, WAO News & Notes. We hope you will join in developing an enjoyable learning experience for allergist/immunologist and trainees around the world.

This feature is under the editorial oversight of Dr. Glenis Scadding.

For more information, contact Samantha Machart.

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

What's New

New WAO Publication! Sublingual Immunotherapy: World Allergy Organization Position Paper 2013 Update

The 2013 update of the original position paper on sublingual immunotherapy of 2009 has published in the World Allergy Organization Journal. The development of this paper was a large-scale effort on the parts of the lead authors – G. Walter Canonica, Linda Cox, and Ruby Pawankar, along with a global expert task force of co-authors, and the WAO Member Society representatives who reviewed the document as it was being developed. The original paper will remain the core document, and the update contains new evidence and unmet needs as well as new chapters. Both are available in open access:

2013 Position Paper Update
2009 Position Paper

WAO Junior Members Group - April Member News

Check out this month’s WAO Junior Members News written by the 2014-2015 WAO Junior Members Group Chair, Dr Luciana Kase Tanno.

As WISC 2014 is fast approaching, be sure to reserve your accommodations! The Golden Tulip Continental Hotel is the designated Junior Member Hotel for the Conference!! Act quickly as space is limited!

New Education and Programs

Allergy Quiz
Which is the defective gene in the classic NK cell deficiency subtype 1?
By Juan Carlos Aldave Becerra, MD

Clinical Allergy Tip
The “Powerful” Treatment for Habit Sniffing
By Mandel Sher, MD

New WAO TV videos taken during AAAAI Annual Meeting

WAO TV has new videos from the AAAAI Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, USA.


Ves Dimov, MD interviewed experts in:
Allergic Rhinitis  - Anne Ellis, MD, Michelle North, PhD, Phil Lieberman, MD and Richard Lockey, MD
Anaphylaxis  - Phil Lieberman, MD and Richard Lockey, MD
Asthma  - Stanley Fineman, MD, Richard Lockey, MD, Andrea Pappalardo, MD and Jeffrey Stokes, MD
Food Allergy  - Sami Bahna, MD, David Goese, Matthew Greenhawt, MD and Scott Sicherer, MD
Sinusitis  - Fuad Baroody, MD
Urticaria - Thomas Casale, MD abd James Tarbox, MD

For more information on WAO TV and to watch WAO's videos, click here

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