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New Case!

A 29-year-old male is referred to the clinic for anaphylaxis after jogging for 15 minutes. Do you think you know what the real diagnosis is?

"Syncope During Exercise”, By Chen Hsing Lin, MD and Richard F. Lockey, MD


Interactive Case Reports give you the chance to test your knowledge and make a diagnosis on an unusual case history. The case study is pictorially presented, along with questions and possible diagnoses. When you select your diagnosis, you immediately learn whether or not your diagnosis corresponds to that of the experts who posted the case, and you are able to read the rationale for the diagnosis and suggested treatment provided by the expert. Visit the Interactive Case Reports section to test your knowledge on all the cases:


A new article developed by the WAO Committee on Pediatric Asthma, led by Prof. Elham Hossny, has just published in the WAO Journal: “The use of inhaled corticosteroids in pediatric asthma; update” (Hossny et al, 2016). To expand upon the valuable clinical information presented in the article, several experts throughout WAO have collaborated with Dr. Dana Wallace, Prof. Juan Carlos Ivancevich and the WAO Web Editorial Board to provide additional resources on this important topic:

Treatment of Asthma in Children 5 Years and Under, Based on Different Global Guidelines
Elham Hossny, Children's Hospital of Ain Shams University (Egypt)
Paul C. Potter, University of Cape Town Lung Institute (South Africa)
Disease Summary, Allergic Diseases Resource Center

Difficult to Manage Asthma in Childhood with Steroid Complications
Bob Lanier, University of North Texas HSC (United States)
Interactive Case Report

Asthmatic Getting Sicker Despite Medication
Bob Lanier, University of North Texas HSC (United States)
Interactive Case Report

Inhaled Corticosteroids in Pediatric Asthma
Glenis Scadding, The Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital (United Kingdom)
Allergy Quiz

Will My Child Outgrow Asthma
Gary Steven, Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center, S.C. (United States)
Video Presentation, WAO TV

Interview with Prof. Elham Hossny
Available soon on WAO TV

All of these new pediatric asthma resources are included in a list here in the Allergic Diseases Resource Center.


New Question!

Anaphylaxis Episodes and Anaphylaxis Deaths: There is discordance between anaphylaxis episodes (increasing markedly) and anaphylaxis deaths (remaining stable) in developed countries, at least in Australia where good figures are available. What is the explanation?

Are you curious to read what the experts have to say on this question? Click here to read their answers.

To pose educational, scientific or medical questions about allergy, asthma and clinical immunology to WAO international experts, click here if you are a physician. Find a growing list of answered questions here.


Check out this month’s Junior Members News by WAO Junior Member, Dr. Darío Antolin-Amerigo, on eHealth and allergy management. We greatly thank Dr. Antolin-Amerigo for his contribution to this month’s WAO Junior Members News.



WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC 2016) Jerusalem

COSA Symposium: Severe Asthma
Thursday, 8 December 2016
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Peter Howarth, University of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Neville Berkman, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center (Israel)

Severe Asthma Phenotypes and Fungal Allergic Respiratory Disease
Paul Greenberger, Northwestern University (United States)

Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease
Shmuel Kivity, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Israel)

Novel Therapies for Severe-Unresponsive Asthma
Elliot Israel, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (United States)

A COSA initiative, supported through an independent education grant from Teva Pharmaceuticals.

Learn more about the work of the Collaboration on Severe Asthma (COSA), including educational programs, scientific articles, and other online resources on severe asthma at:


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:

Arabic: Yehia El-Gamal and Elham Hossny

French: Liliane Gendreau-Reid

Italian: Maria Bova

Polish: Krzystof Kowal

Portuguese: Herberto Jose Chong Neto

Spanish: Anna Sala Cunill and Lorena Soto Retes

Read their biographies to find out more about the WAO translators. If you are interested in becoming a translator, contact WAO at


The World Allergy Organization is partnering with Medscape to develop a 90-minute symposium with continuing medical education (CME) credit that will take place in Jerusalem on 5 December 2016, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

During the interactive symposium, "Severe Asthma: Advancing the Art of Control,” key opinion leaders will discuss the management of severe asthma before a live audience of invited physicians and healthcare professionals who will engage with the panel via polling, case dialogue and Question/Answer.

Course Director: Lanny J. Rosenwasser, MD, University of Missouri at Kansas City, School of Medicine
Program Moderator: Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc, National Jewish Health
Panel Member: Peter Howarth, BSc (Hons), MBBS, DM, University of Southampton
Panel Member: Parameswaran Nair, MD, PhD, McMaster University
Panel Member: Mario Castro, MD, MPH, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

The symposium will focus on the assessment and management of severe asthma, with an emphasis on eosinophilic presentations including the role of biologics, and global best practices to improve patient outcomes.

The program is supported by an independent educational grant from Teva.


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