WAO News and Notes

Volume 12, Issue 5, May 2015

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President's Message

Dear Friends,

World Allergy Week 2015 was a great success! There was participation from over 29 countries and addressing the challenges of airway allergies was promoted on a world-wide stage. Thank you to all of our Member Societies for your participation. To view the various activities and initiatives that took place around the world, please visit: www.worldallergyweek.org. If you participated in or held an event not currently included on the website, please make sure to send us pictures or a summary of the event and we’ll make sure to include it to show the true extent and reach of World Allergy Week 2015. [...] Read More>>

XXIV World Allergy Congress (WAC 2015)

Register by 31 August 2015 to receive a reduced registration price.

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Announcing the WAO Member Society Reception!

WAO invites you to participate in the Member Society Reception. This is an opportunity for WAO member societies to receive updates and provide feedback over cocktails and light appetizers.

The WAO Member Society Reception will be held:
Monday, 8 June 2015
CCIB – The Barcelona International Convention Centre, Room 122 & 123
Barcelona, Spain

To RSVP, please contact Eric Johnson II at ejohnson@worldallergy.org.

All representatives that attend the Member Society Forum will be entered into a drawing and have the chance to win a free registration to WAC 2015!

We look forward to welcoming you to this important Member Society event!

View the WAO Meetings Calendar for more professional events!

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May 2015
Volume 8
Alessandro Fiocchi, MD
Erika Jensen-Jarolim, MD
Deputy Editor


Budesonide inhalation suspension versus methylprednisolone for treatment of moderate bronchial asthma attacks.
Yanagida N, Tomikawa M, Shukuya A, Iguchi M, Ebisawa M.
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Severity of allergic rhinitis and asthma development in children
Di Cara G, Carelli A, Latini A, Panfili E, Bizzarri I, Ciprandi G, Buttafava S, Frati F et al.
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Urticarial vasculitis induced by OTC diet pills: a case report
Cherrez-Ojeda I, Loayza E, Greiding L, Calderon JC, Cherrez A, Adum F
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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
John Oppenheimer, MD

Relevance of fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) in clinical practice.

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Allergy Book Review

Book Review

Mouse Models of Allergic Disease: Methods and Protocols

Edited by Irving C. Allen

Reviewed by Sandeep Kumar, PhD

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What Is New in Small Airways Research?

By Ves Dimov, MD

Asthma and its relation with microbes: 2015 review

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Thank You, Website Translators!

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

WAO extends their appreciation to these translators for their ongoing contributions:
Yehia El-Gamal and Elham Hossny
Liliane Gendreau-Reid
Krzystof Kowal
Herberto Jose Chong Neto
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


Allergic Diseases Resource Center
Allergic Remodeling
By John Oppenheimer, MD and Mauli Desai, MD

Ask the Expert
Allergen-component Dx Food Pollen Allergy
We are encouraged to utilize allergen-component diagnostics for food-pollen allergy in order to guide advice. But these tests are expensive in our country. What is the minimum test profile you would recommend to identify PR-10, profilin, and LTP components? For example, would Pru p 1,3 and 4 be sufficient?


New Lecture!

In his lecture on “Flow Cytometry and SCID”, Dr Soma Jyonouchi provides an overview of Flow Cytometry and discusses the test’s application in four clinical cases where it was used in screening for Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID). This presentation was made possible by Kathleen Sullivan, MD, PhD, and the Committee on Immunodeficiency of the World Allergy Organization (WAO). Many thanks to Dr Jyonouchi for his contribution to WAO’s education library.
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The WAO Henning Løwenstein Research Award is a biennial award given to a young scientist who has shown excellence within the field of allergy. The 2015 Award includes €20,000* and a travel grant to attend the Symposium of Specific Allergy, SOSA, in Rome, Italy, 19-21 November, 2015.

Deadline of application: 30 June 2015

For more information and how to apply, click here.

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?

Dr. Glenis Scadding, Editor, 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. Join Dr. Scadding in developing an enjoyable learning experience for allergists/immunologists and trainees around the world

For more information, contact Samantha Machart.


WAO Junior Member, Prof Andrea Vereda Ortiz gives a great recollection of her experiences as a fellow-in-training in allergic diseases travelling to over 14 countries in Latin America and Southeast Asia. Please check out the WAO Junior Members News for more details!