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February 2018
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Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Article Wins Elsevier Atlas Award

The recent Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI) article “Allergy and immunology in Africa: Challenges and unmet needs” has won the Elsevier Atlas Award for the November 2017 issue.
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Joint Congress Updates: Early Bird Pricing Ends Tomorrow, Abstracts Now Available
Register for the Joint Congress before prices go up. You can also view abstracts or pre-order session recordings. Read more »
Visit the Education Station or Practice Resources Corner in Orlando
New in 2018, visit with AAAAI staff members to get the latest updates in online education, practice resources and upcoming events. Read more »
View the 2018 Honorary Award Recipients
Honorary Awards are presented to individuals whose contributions have advanced the science and knowledge of allergy/immunology and have improved patient care. Read more »
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AAAAI Ask the Expert Updates
One year ago, Ask the Expert returned with experts Daniel J. Jackson, MD, FAAAAI; Dennis K. Ledford, MD, FAAAAI; Patricia A. McNally, MD, FAAAAI; Andrew W. Murphy, MD, FAAAAI; Jacqueline A. Pongracic, MD, FAAAAI, and a team of members who assist as needed.

Recent improvements include a new search algorithm to help you navigate the question archive. There are thousands of questions represented from the last five years in the archive. Additionally, the results page now creates a URL you can share with colleagues.

Ask the Expert is a member benefit, thus only AAAAI members can ask questions. If you have a question, be sure to search the archive first to see if there is already an answer posted.

Ask the Expert is for general educational, communication and information purposes only and is neither designed nor intended to constitute case specific or other medical advice, treatments or diagnosis. Questions with specific patient information will not be answered.

From the President

Dear Colleagues,

The 2018 AAAAI/WAO Joint Congress, March 2-5 in Orlando, is quickly approaching. On behalf of the AAAAI, I am pleased we had the opportunity to partner with the World Allergy Organization (WAO) to produce the educational program you will experience there. It all starts with our theme, Global Environmental Change and Respiratory Health, which reflects the unique opportunity of having a Joint Congress.

Consider the following statistics:

  • According to the World Health Organization, up to 44% of the asthma burden worldwide is attributable to environmental factors.
  • Recent Environmental Protection Agency data reveals that in the United States, 119,401,000 people live in areas out of attainment for O3, and 23,223,000 people live in areas that are out of attainment for PM2.5.
  • More than 5.5 million people per year worldwide die prematurely as a result of air pollution.

These figures clearly illustrate a problem, especially when you consider that environmental factors have an impact on economic outcomes such as healthcare spending. Our vision for the Joint Congress is that it will enable us to come together and be objective conveyors of the science behind our theme.