WAO News and Notes

Volume 11, Issue 5, May 2014

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President's Message

Dear Friends,

As the World Cup is just about to kick off, we hope that you too are focusing on Brazil and making your travel plans to participate in the WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC) 2014 in collaboration with the XLI Annual Congress of the Brazilian Association of Allergy and Immunology (ASBAI) from 6-9 December 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The joint meeting in Brazil offers opportunities for participants to gain insights into the most effective advances in the treatment and prevention of allergic and immunologic diseases: [...] Read more>>

WAO International Scientific Conference 2014

Participate in the Scientific Program of WISC 2014 by Submitting your Abstract by 31 July 2014!

Register before 31 July 2014 for a reduced price

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 in C1 M2. Visit WAF online.

Programmed by WAO and EAACI. 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 Executive Committee.

WAO updates will include information 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!

View the WAO Meetings Calendar for more exciting events!

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


Immunological cross-reactivity between olive and grass pollen: implication of major and minor allergens.
Cases B, Ibanez MD, Tudela JI, Sanchez-Garcia S, Rodriguez del Rio P, Fernandez EA, Escudero C, Fernandez-Caldas E.
Provisional Abstract


Precautionary labeling of foods for allergen content: are we ready for a global framework?
Allen KJ, Turner PJ, Pawankar R, Taylor S, Sicherer S, Lack G, Rosario N et al.
Full Text


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.
Full Text


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
Full Text

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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
Dana Wallace, MD

Genetics in the development, progression and treatment of asthma

Read this and all reviews

Allergy Book Review

Book Review

Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Edited by Chris A. Liacouras and Jonathan E. MarKowitz

Reviewed by Zeinab A El-Sayed, MD, PhD

Read the Review

What is New in Small Airways Research?

By Ves Dimov, MD

Outdoor air pollution and asthma

Read this and all article reviews

Research Article Summaries

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

EAACI Positon Paper on Assessment of Cough in the Workplace (Moscato G, et al, 2014)

Read the newest summaries

Read past summaries

Thank You, Website Translators!

Every month the President’s Message, Journal Article Reviews, and Book Reviews are translated into several different languages.

WAO would like to welcome the new Portuguese translator, Herberto Juan Chong Neto

WAO extends their appreciation to these translators for their ongoing contributions:

Yehia El-Gamal and Elham Hossny
Liliane Gendreau-Reid
Krzystof Kowal
Anna Sala Cunill and Lorena Soto Retes

If you are interested in becoming a translator and for more information contact Samantha Machart smachart@worldallergy.org

What's New

New Education and Programs

Interactive Case Report
Recurrent sinopulmonary infections
Written by Amber N. Pepper, Nauman Salim, Richard F. Lockey
Reviewed by Bob Lanier
Go to Interactive Case Reports

Allergy Quiz
Which of the following are minor characteristics are difficult to control asthma?
By Bilkisu Garba, MD

Ask the Expert
Constant Itchy Throat with Cough
I have a case to present. A woman who is 62 years old complained of constant itchy throat for many years. She tried many kinds of antihistamine drugs without good effect. I can't find any environmental factors influencing her disease. She has been to Australia without a change in symptoms. The SPT showed negative results. I prescribed 1st generation and 2nd generation antihistamines for her without good effect. I can't explain it. She does not have asthma nor allergic rhinitis, etc. She coughs sometimes because of the itching.
Experts Responses from: Giovanni Passalacqua, MD, Desiree Larenas-Linneman, MD, Gary Stadtmauer, MD

WAO would like to thank Dr. Wallace for her contribution to this feature and Dr Weiner's continued support of this feature. WAO would like to welcome Dr Mandel Sher as the new Editor of Ask the Expert. We look forward to your expert knowledge to this WAO feature.

WAO TV - New Videos!


Each month a WAO Junior Member interviews an author who has had an important paper recently published in a major allergy journal for WAO TV series, Scientific Interviews with Experts

Watch the new Interviews:

Anaphylaxis in America  - Phil Lieberman, MD

World Allergy Organization Anaphylaxis Guidelines 2013 Update - Richard Lockey, MD

Efficacy of Omalizumab in Patients with Chronic Urticaria - Thomas Casale, MD

WAO would like to thank Dr. Ves Dimov for his time interviewing for WAO TV during the AAAAI Annual Meeting in San Diego and for his ongoing support of this feature of the WAO website that shares the thoughts of experts on scientific topics of importance to WAO member societies.

PhARF Award 2014

The winner of the PhARF award 2014 will be announced at the Opening Ceremony of the EAACI congress at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, Saturday 7 June from 19:00 to 19:45. The objective of PhARF is to encourage progress in allergy research, specifically through the PhARF Award, which is aimed at recognizing outstanding younger investigators. The Award amounts to 50,000 USD.