WAO News and Notes

Volume 11, Issue 6, June 2014

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President's Message

Dear Friends,

We have just returned from participating in the EAACI Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark from 7 - 11 June. I would like to extend our congratulations to Nikos Papadapolous and the EAACI Executive Committee and Staff for once again hosting a superb Congress. [...] Read more>>

WAO International Scientific Conference 2014

Travel Grants are available for WAO Junior Members to attend WISC 2014! For more information, click here.

Book Your Accommodations Today! Click here for all your hotel options.

 World Allergy Training School (WATS): 20 June 2014 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

On 20 June 2014, the Emerging Societies Program (ESP), a joint initiative of the World Allergy Organization (WAO) and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) along with the Asia Pacific Association of Pediatric Allergy, Respirology and Immunology (APAPARI), will be holding the World Allergy Training School (WATS) at the Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace in Ulaabaatar, Mongolia.

A big thank you to the Mongolia Allergy Society and Mongolia Ministry of Health for their help in making this great initiative a success!

View the WAO Meetings Calendar for more professional events!

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


Asthma in the elderly: What we know and what we have yet to know
Anahí Yáñez, Sang-Hoen Cho, Joan B Soriano, Lanny J Rosenwasser et al.
Full Text

Systems biology approaches to understanding Epithelial Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) in mucosal remodeling and signaling in asthma
Talha Ijaz, Konrad Pazdrak, Mridul Kalita, Rolf Konig, Sanjeev Choudhary et al.
Abstract (Provisional PDF available)


International consensus on (ICON) anaphylaxis
F Estelle R Simons, Ledit RF Ardusso, M Bilò, Victoria Cardona, Motohiro Ebisawa et al.
Full Text


Happy 25th birthday, Bet v 1!
Erika Jensen-Jarolim
Abstract (Provisional PDF available)

Allergic diseases and asthma: a global public health concern and a call to action
Ruby Pawankar
Full Text

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Medical Journal Reviews

Editors' Choice
Literature Review

Juan Carlos Ivancevich, MD
Dana Wallace, MD

Wheeze and atopy in young children at risk of developing asthma are associated with defective antiviral responses

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Allergy Book Review

Book Review

Adverse Cutaneous Drug Eruptions

Edited by L.E. French

Reviewed by Enrico Heffler, MD, PhD

Read the Review

What is New in Small Airways Research?

By Ves Dimov, MD

Monoclonal antibody (AMG 157) against a new target in asthma, thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP)

Read this and all article reviews

Research Article Summaries

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

International Consensus on Drug Allergy (Demoly P et al, 2014)

Read the newest summaries

Read past summaries

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


In Memory of Professor Alberto K. Oehling

Alberto K. Oehling passed away on 22 May 2014. He had a lovely and prolific life and had an outstanding career in the field of Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Diseases.

For the full obituary by Prof. Carlos E. Baena-Cagnani, please continue reading here.

New Education and Programs

Allergy Quiz
Developed by Zeinab Awad El-Sayd
A thirteen year old female patient presents with daily urticaria of 7 months duration. The weals are 3-5 cm in diameter, itchy and each lesion persists for 1-2 hours. She also gives history of photosensitivity. Her urine analysis shows proteinuria 700 mg/day and red blood cell casts.
What is the most probable cause of the urticaria?

Ask the Expert
Food Desensitization and SLIT
Food desensitization by SLIT is supposed to reduce the degree of sensitivity. Can we introduce SLIT for food in our routine practice? If permitted what is the suggested dose of MD/M?
Expert Responses from: Corinne Keet, MD, Wesley Burks, MD, Hugh Sampson, MD, Ulrich Wahn, PhD

WAO would like to thank Dr. Dana Wallace for her contribution to this feature and Dr. John Weiner's continued support of this feature. WAO would like to welcome Dr. Mandel Sher as a new Editor of Ask the Expert.

WAO Junior Member Group News

Check out this month’s WAO Junior Members News written by the 2014-2015 WAO Junior Members Group Committee Member, Hongfrei Lou!

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!

International consensus on (ICON) anaphylaxis

The ICON: Anaphylaxis paper focuses on the principal anaphylaxis guidelines developed and published independently by the collaborating organizations from 2010 through 2014, other anaphylaxis-relevant guidelines and publications from these organizations, and more than 100 additional key publications that contribute to the evidence base for diagnosis, management, and prevention of anaphylaxis recurrences. In addition, it describes unmet needs in the diagnosis and treatment of anaphylaxis in high-, mid-, and low-resources countries and proposes and international agenda for anaphylaxis research.

iCAALL, the International Collaboration in Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, is designed to collect and disseminate consensus-driven information about allergies, asthma and immunological diseases. Communicating this knowledge can positively impact diagnosis and treatment, as well as cost containment and policy decisions. A major focus of this initiative is the production of a series of International Consensus (ICON) reports.

Access the ICON here.

Click here for all ICON documents.

Asthma: Comorbidities, Coexisting Conditions, and Differential Diagnosis

Asthma: Comorbidities, Coexisting Conditions, and Differential Diagnosis edited by Richard F. Lockey and Dennis K. Ledford with the World Allergy Organization is now available!

This book is the first volume to provide a centralized, comprehensive clinical reference on the diagnosis and management of the comorbid conditions that affect asthma. Because comorbid conditions of asthma have not yet been included in international and national management guidelines, this volume will help fill a gap in current clinical knowledge, aiding physicians in delivering optimal patient care. Click here to order.

Call for Clinical Allergy Tips

Would you like the opportunity to write a allergy tip on allergy/immunology and related topics?

WAO is looking for volunteers for the Clinical Allergy Tip section of the website. Each Clinical Allergy Tip is announced in the monthly newsletter, WAO News & Notes. Your published review counts for academic stature and can be included on your CV.

We hope you will join in developing an enjoyable learning experience for allergist/immunologist and trainees around the world.

For more information, contact Samantha Machart.