WAO News and Notes

Volume 11, Issue 10, October 2014

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President's Message

Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

I am pleased to announce that two new web-based allergy resources for clinicians have been made available online at worldallergy.org, after extensive work by committee members:

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EBM Prevention of Pediatric Allergy: Myth or Reality

29-30 January 2015, Rome

Evidence-based prevention and management of pediatric allergy – a WAO-endorsed meeting – will be held in Rome on 29-30 January 2015. International experts from around the world will cover several topics on prevention and treatment of pediatric allergy. Of particular note will be the launch of the first part of the “WAO Guidelines on Prevention of Atopic Disease (GLAD-P)” initiated in 2012 and led by Professors Alessandro Fiocchi, Ruby Pawankar, Holger Schünemann and Hugh Sampson. Please join us in this exciting meeting to be held at the Roma Eventi – Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre. For a preliminary program and other information, visit: http://www.biomedia.net/mitorealt%C3%A02015.

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October 2014
Volume 10
Alessandro Fiocchi, MD
Erika Jensen-Jarolim, MD
Deputy Editor


ICON: chronic rhinosinusitis
Claus Bachert, Ruby Pawankar, Luo Zhang, Chaweewan Bunnag, Wytske J Fokkens, Daniel L Hamilos, Orathai Jirapongsananuruk, Robert Kern, Eli O Meltzer, Joaquim Mullol, Robert Naclerio, Renata Pilan, Chae-Seo Rhee, Harumi Suzaki, Richard Voegels, Michael Blaiss
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Allergy-associated T cell epitope repertoires are surprisingly diverse and include non-IgE reactive antigens
April Frazier, Veronique Schulten, Denise Hinz, Carla Oseroff, John Sidney, Bjoern Peters, and Alessandro Sette
United States
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Current status of sublingual immunotherapy in the United States
Shelby Elenburg and Michael S Blaiss
United States
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Recommendations for appropriate sublingual immunotherapy clinical trials
Giovanni Passalacqua
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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
John Oppenheimer, MD

Network meta-analysis (NMA) to examine the comparative effectiveness of medical interventions.

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Allergy Book Review

Book Review

Diseases of the Sinuses
Edited by Chang CC, Incaudo GA, Gershwin ME
Reviewed by Omursen Yildirim, MD
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What Is New in Small Airways Research?

By Ves Dimov, MD

Vitamin D 50,000 IU per week together with ICS or ICS/LABA improved FEV1 in asthma after 6 months

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Research Article Summaries

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

Anaphylaxis: Guidelines from the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (Muraro A et al, 2014)

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What's New


World Atlas of Aeroallergens

The World Atlas of Aeroallergens website has brought together experts from all the WAO regions to focus on the growing concern about indoor and outdoor allergens worldwide. The website provides AEROallergen information in regions, based on availability in existing database, published studies, up-to-date aerobiology websites, and national and regional society resources, and these data have been organized into a web-based atlas.

Eosinophils, Mast Cells, and Basophil Disorders in Allergy

The Eosinophil, Mast Cell, and Basophil Disorders in Allergic Disease website is a web-based resource for those interested in the role of these cells in allergy. The new resource includes a searchable reference list of recent publications, and a definitive view provided by WAO of why these cells are important in allergy. The resource also contains monthly article summaries and an Ask the Expert Feature.

WAO Junior Members Group - October Member News

Check out this month’s Junior Members News by Dr. Yuan Zhan, on SERINASIA and 17th Asian Research Symposium in Rhinology (ARSR) 2015! We greatly thank Prof Zhang for her contribution to this month’s WAO Junior Members News!

WAO Junior Members- Updates!

Thank You, Website Translators!

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

Read the newly updated bios to find out more about the WAO translators.

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.