WAO News and Notes

Volume 10, Issue 10, October 2013

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President's Message

Ruby Pawankar

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Greetings from the World Allergy Organization!

As I reflect on the future of our field, I continue to find encouragement and energy in WAO’s Junior Members Group. I’ve had the privilege of meeting with the Jr. Members in person and on conference calls and at the JMA educational session at WAAC 2013 in Milan. I have always found a renewed sense of purpose and energy after each meeting. This group is very driven and their passion for the field is inspiring [...] Read more >>

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53 abstracts have been added to the WAO Symposium Scientific Program!

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Upcoming WAO Meetings

National Clinical Immunology Symposium
Malaysian Society of Allergy and Immunology
26-27 October, 2013
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

ACAAI 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting
American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
7-12 November, 2013
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

APAAACI 2013 Congress
Asia Pacific Association of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology
14-17 November, 2013
Taipei, Taiwan

DOHaD Congress
Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
17-20 November, 2013
Suntec City, Singapore

View the WAO Meetings Calendar for more exciting events!

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 Did You Know…

The President’s Message, Journal Reviews and Book Reviews are translated every month into several different languages, including: Arabic, French, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

WAO would like to thank our translators for all of their hard work!


October 2013
Volume 6
Lanny Rosenwasser, MD
Chief Editor


A WAO – ARIA – GA2LEN consensus document on molecular-based allergy diagnostics
Canonica GW, Ansotegui IJ, Pawankar R, Schmid-Grendelmeier P, van Hage M, et al
Provisional Abstract (and PDF)


Oral vancomycin desensitization to treat Clostridium difficile infection in a vancomycin allergic patient
Mahabir S, Lim RY, Magee C, Fitzatrick F, Keogan M
United Kingdom / Ireland
Provisional Abstract (and PDF)


Patient related outcomes in a real life prospective follow up study: Allergen immunotherapy increase quality of life and reduce sick days
Petersen KD, Kronborg C, Larsen JN, Dahl R, Gyrd-Hansen D
Full Text

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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. – Dr. Lanny Rosenwasser

Medical Journal Reviews

Editor's Choice
Literature Review

Juan Carlos Ivancevich, MD
Phillip Lieberman, MD

Updating the World Allergy Organization Guidelines for the assessment and management of anaphylaxis

Read this and all reviews

Allergy Book Review

Book Review

Landmark Papers in Allergy, Seminal Papers in Allergy with Expert Commentaries

By Aziz Sheikh, Tom Platts-Mills, and Allison Worth

Reviewed by Jaisubash Jayakumar, PhD

Read the review

What is New in Small Airways Research?

By Ves Dimov, MD

Bronchial thermoplasty for treatment of severe persistent asthma shows 5-year durability of the benefits for disease control and safety

Read this and all article reviews

Junior Members Group Monthly Research Article Summaries

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

A systematic review of the effect of thermal processing on the allergenicity of tree nuts (Masthoff LJ et al 2013)

Read this month’s summaries

Now also available to read in Spanish!

Read past summaries

Thank you to all of the
WAO reviews authors!

What's New

WAO Junior Members Group - October Member News!

Check out this month’s Junior Members News by Prof. Alexander Diaz Rodriguez on “Allergology in Cuba. General Overview and Future Perspectives.” We greatly thank Prof. Diaz for his contribution to this month’s WAO Junior Members News!

If you are interested in becoming a WAO Junior Member, or you would like to learn more about the benefits the Junior Members Group offers, please visit our homepage.


WAO TV is introducing a new series - Scientific Interviews with Experts. The first episode is coming soon!

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Allergic Diseases Resource Center

Read the Allergic Diseases Resource Center’s newly updated articles: 

Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD)

By Marek L. Kowalski, MD, PhD
        Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis in the Workplace

By Santiago Quirce, MD, PhD (left)
Joaquín Sastre, MD, PhD (right)