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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516366/patient-centered-outcomes-in-food-allergy
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Brooke I Polk, Chitra Dinakar
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Food allergy prevalence is increasing very rapidly, causing a significant disease burden. The threat of severe allergic reactions occurring unexpectedly and in settings that are not equipped to recognize and treat anaphylaxis is a constant source of worry for individuals and families with food allergies. Inadequate knowledge and understanding in the community significantly impairs the overall quality of life of these individuals and families. Additionally, families face challenges in finding and affording appropriate allergen-free foods...
June 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501976/component-resolved-diagnosis-in-hymenoptera-anaphylaxis
#2
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D Tomsitz, K Brockow
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hymenoptera anaphylaxis is one of the leading causes of severe allergic reactions and can be fatal. Venom-specific immunotherapy (VIT) can prevent a life-threatening reaction; however, confirmation of an allergy to a Hymenoptera venom is a prerequisite before starting such a treatment. Component resolved diagnostics (CRD) have helped to better identify the responsible allergen. RECENT FINDINGS: Many new insect venom allergens have been identified within the last few years...
June 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484946/rural-asthma-current-understanding-of-prevalence-patterns-and-interventions-for-children-and-adolescents
#3
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Robin Dawson Estrada, Dennis R Ownby
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Asthma is the most common chronic illness of children and adolescents in the USA. While asthma has been understood to disproportionately affect urban dwellers, recent investigations have revealed rural pediatric asthma prevalence to be very similar to urban and to be more closely correlated with socioeconomic and environmental factors than geographic location or population density. RECENT FINDINGS: Rural children experience factors unique to location that impact asthma development and outcomes, including housing quality, cigarette smoke exposure, and small/large-scale farming...
June 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477263/photodermatitis-for-the-allergist
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Samuel L Coffin, Jake E Turrentine, Ponciano D Cruz
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The photodermatoses represent a group of disorders of sensitivity to light that continue to pose difficulties in diagnosis and management. Photodermatoses are of interest to allergists because many photosensitive skin disorders have immunologic underpinnings, and patients often present to clinic complaining of "allergy" to the sun. We provide a concise reference for allergists on the clinical recognition and management of photodermatitis. RECENT FINDINGS: New developments in the understanding of immunomodulatory effects of light have demonstrated normally immunosuppressive responses in the skin to light exposure, and a blunted immunosuppressive response in the pathogenesis of many photodermatoses...
June 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470372/food-allergy-in-south-africa
#5
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Claudia L Gray
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: Whilst food allergy seems to have increased significantly in many developed countries in the past few decades, quality data on the burden of food allergy in many developing countries is scanty. Until recently, South Africa had a dearth of robustly designed food allergy studies. This article summarizes some of the recent research and observations regarding food allergy from the South African setting. RECENT FINDINGS: South Africa has recently seen two important food allergy prevalence studies in selected and unselected populations...
June 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456910/microbes-and-the-role-of-antibiotic-treatment-for-wheezy-lower-respiratory-tract-illnesses-in-preschool-children
#6
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Christina G Kwong, Leonard B Bacharier
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Antibiotics are commonly used to treat wheezy lower respiratory tract illnesses in preschoolers, although these infections have been traditionally thought to be predominantly of viral origin. Our purpose is to review recent research pertaining to the role of antibiotics in lower respiratory tract illnesses and on subsequent asthma development, as well as the possible mechanisms of their effects. RECENT FINDINGS: Increasing evidence suggests that asthma pathogenesis is associated with events during infancy and early childhood, particularly respiratory tract infections...
May 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455742/eosinophilic-otitis-media-the-aftermath-of-eosinophil-extracellular-trap-cell-death
#7
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Shigeharu Ueki, Nobuo Ohta, Masahide Takeda, Yasunori Konno, Makoto Hirokawa
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Eosinophilic otitis media (EOM) is a refractory disease characterized by the accumulation of eosinophils in middle ear effusion and mucosa. We summarize current knowledge regarding the clinical characteristics and management of EOM. Although eosinophil activation in inflamed foci is involved in the pathogenesis of EOM, little is known about the fate of the eosinophils and aftermath of their cell death. We discuss the possibility that eosinophils undergo non-apoptotic cell death that worsens tissue damage and increases effusion viscosity...
May 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429308/chronic-candidiasis-in-children
#8
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Laura Green, William K Dolen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Healthy children may develop candidal infections as the result of exposure to antibiotics or corticosteroids, but chronic candidiasis in children after the newborn period is unusual. Chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis (CMC) refers to a group of conditions characterized by recurrent or persistent infections with Candida species, particularly Candida albicans. CMC is a phenotype observed in a spectrum of immunologic disorders, some with endocrinologic and autoimmune features...
May 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429307/emerging-approaches-to-food-desensitization-in-children
#9
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Ahmad Hamad, Wesley A Burks
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to highlight the recent advances in food desensitization in children with food allergy. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent advancements in epicutaneous, sublingual, and oral immunotherapy for food allergy in the future may offer children with food allergy and their families a viable option to reduce risk or severity of anaphylaxis with phase III trials ongoing for two of these treatment modalities. Food allergy prevalence in children is estimated to be up to 8%...
May 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429306/mitochondrial-function-in-allergic-disease
#10
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Divyaanka Iyer, Navya Mishra, Anurag Agrawal
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: The connections between allergy, asthma and metabolic syndrome are becoming increasingly clear. Recent research suggests a unifying mitochondrial link between the diverse phenotypes of these interlinked morbidities. The scope of this review is to highlight cellular mechanisms, epidemiology and environmental allergens influencing mitochondrial function and its importance in allergy and asthma. We briefly also consider the potential of mitochondria-targeted therapies in prevention and cure...
May 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429305/the-role-of-macrolides-in-chronic-rhinosinusitis-crssnp-and-crswnp
#11
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Gretchen M Oakley, Richard J Harvey, Valerie J Lund
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We assess the literature on the pharmacokinetics, indications, important considerations, and effectiveness of long-term, low-dose macrolide antibiotics in chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). RECENT FINDINGS: The key to effective implementation of macrolide therapy in CRS is appropriate patient selection. Macrolides have demonstrated the most benefit in Th1-mediated non-eosinophilic CRS when used for durations of at least 3 months. Macrolide antibiotics have demonstrated great benefit when used for their anti-inflammatory or immunomodulatory properties, which include the blockage of pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as interleukin (IL)-8 and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α)...
May 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429304/new-perspectives-on-the-diagnosis-of-allergy-to-anisakis-spp
#12
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Ignacio Moneo, Noelia Carballeda-Sangiao, Miguel González-Muñoz
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To compare the prevalence of sensitization in different countries based on specific IgE values and to evaluate the use of isolated native or recombinant allergens for diagnosis. RECENT FINDINGS: Isolated allergens help in the diagnosis of truly sensitized patients avoiding false positives due to cross-reactions. Their use is therefore highly recommended, especially when used as a combination of several relevant allergens. The use of purified allergens allows an accurate diagnosis and this has led to three important findings: (1) in addition to the digestive route of sensitization, occupational and non-digestive exposure seems to be clinically relevant...
May 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429303/natural-evolution-of-ige-responses-to-mite-allergens-and-relationship-to-progression-of-allergic-disease-a-review
#13
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Daniela Posa, Stephanie Hofmaier, Stefania Arasi, Paolo Maria Matricardi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Allergenic molecules of the house dust mite (HDM) are crucially important indoor allergens, contributing to allergic rhinitis and asthma around the globe. In the past years, recombinant molecules for diagnostics opened new pathways to investigate individual sensitization profiles and new chances for the prevention and treatment of HDM allergy. This review summarizes the latest findings on the evolution of IgE responses towards mite allergens. RECENT FINDINGS: Several cross-sectional and longitudinal studies confirmed the role of Der p 1 and Der p 2 as major allergenic proteins of the HDM...
May 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421513/primary-prevention-of-food-allergy
#14
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Matthew J Greenhawt, David M Fleischer
Food allergy is estimated to affect approximately 8% of children in the USA. This is a disease without any known treatment or cure and, for some, a disease that can be quite severe, even life-threatening. While recent advances in potential treatment have made remarkable strides, with two food-targeted immunotherapy products now in phase III trials, perhaps the biggest gains in the field have come in the advent of potential preventative strategies to avoid the development of food allergy in high-risk individuals...
April 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421512/new-insights-into-cockroach-allergens
#15
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Anna Pomés, Geoffrey A Mueller, Thomas A Randall, Martin D Chapman, L Karla Arruda
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review addresses the most recent developments on cockroach allergen research in relation to allergic diseases, especially asthma. RECENT FINDINGS: The number of allergens relevant to cockroach allergy has recently expanded considerably up to 12 groups. New X-ray crystal structures of allergens from groups 1, 2, and 5 revealed interesting features with implications for allergen standardization, sensitization, diagnosis, and therapy. Cockroach allergy is strongly associated with asthma particularly among children and young adults living in inner-city environments, posing challenges for disease control...
April 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389843/impact-of-respiratory-virus-infections-in-exacerbation-of-acute-and-chronic-rhinosinusitis
#16
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Kai Sen Tan, Yan Yan, Hsiao Hui Ong, Vincent T K Chow, Li Shi, De-Yun Wang
Rhinosinusitis (RS) is a symptomatic disease classification of many causes and is a major economic burden worldwide. It is widely accepted that RS is further classified into acute (ARS) and chronic (CRS) rhinosinusitis based on the duration of the symptoms, and that viral infection plays a large role in initiating or potentiating the disease. In this review, we examine the role of respiratory virus infection in the exacerbation of ARS and CRS. We explore the epidemiology of viral exacerbation of ARS and CRS and highlight key viruses that may cause exacerbation...
April 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382604/non-immediate-cutaneous-reactions-to-beta-lactams-approach-to-diagnosis
#17
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Antonino Romano, Rocco Luigi Valluzzi, Cristiano Caruso, Michela Maggioletti, Francesco Gaeta
Non-immediate cutaneous reactions (i.e., occurring at least 1 h after the initial drug administration), particularly maculopapular exanthemas and urticarial eruptions, are common during beta-lactam treatments. A T cell-mediated pathogenic mechanism has been demonstrated in some cutaneous reactions, such as maculopapular exanthema, fixed drug eruption, acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis, and drug-induced hypersensitivity syndrome. In the diagnostic work-up, patch testing is useful, together with delayed-reading intradermal testing...
April 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361386/human-immune-monitoring-techniques-during-food-allergen-immunotherapy
#18
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Blake Rust, Erik Wambre
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Encouraging results from recent food allergen immunotherapy clinical trials indicate that the immune system plays an essential role in peripheral tolerance to food allergen. Thus, the monitoring of changes in immune responses and their possible correlation with clinical outcome in allergic patients receiving immunotherapies could theoretically serve as surrogate markers and be harnessed as rationale for food allergen immunotherapy development. RECENT FINDINGS: A shift towards antigen specificity in recent assays has provided a solid foundation for the elucidation of cellular mechanisms involved in food allergen immunotherapy as well as the tracking of allergen-specific immune cells...
April 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353215/severe-asthma-in-children
#19
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Bradley E Chipps, Neil G Parikh, Sheena K Maharaj
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this study is to characterize, diagnose, evaluate, and treat severe childhood asthma. RECENT FINDINGS: Understanding the occurrence of the physiologic and clinical presentations of childhood severe asthma, the treatment and response may be predicted by biomarkers, but the patient's response is highly variable. The onset of severe asthma occurs early and is primarily predicted by severity of viral infection and coexistence of the atopic state...
April 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337570/economics-of-chronic-rhinosinusitis
#20
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Luke Rudmik
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The objective of this article is to provide an updated review of the economic burden of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) and discuss how both medical and surgical interventions impact direct and indirect costs related to CRS. By understanding the economics of CRS, clinicians may improve the patient-centeredness of their care and help distinguish between low and high value interventions. RECENT FINDINGS: Direct costs related to CRS are primarily driven by outpatient physician visits, prescription medical therapy, and endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS)...
April 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
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