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is a professional association of 6,000 allergist/immunologists and allied health professionals. Established in 1942, the College is dedicated to improving the quality of patient care in allergy and immunology through research, advocacy and professional and public education.

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Board Relevant Review 2nd Edition for the ABAI Exam Available to Download

The second edition (2013) of the ACAAI Review for the Allergy and Immunology Boards is available for download. Please click the title above to access the file.

This text for the ABAI certification and recertification examinations features:

  • Concise topic summaries ideal for quick review
  • Hundreds of color images and tables that enhance study
  • Key facts and mnemonics for easy memorization
  • Embedded flashcards to test critical concepts

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The ACAAI Job Source  connects members with new employment opportunities, and also lets members post available positions. The Job Source includes all categories of allergy, asthma and immunology personnel. 

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Learn more about allergies and asthma, read about people who found relief and locate an ACAAI member allergists.


Allergy Tablet Approval Warrants Caution for Some

A pill a day keeps spring allergies away. In a perfect world, it would be that easy. And for those suffering from an allergy to some grasses, the Food and Drug Administration‘s (FDA) approval of the oral dissolvable tablets designed to help treat symptoms may be beneficial. But for the majority of seasonal sufferers relief isn’t that easy.

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Five Things you Should Know
about Spring Allergies

April’s showers bring May flowers, but they also bring on sneezing, runny noses and watery eyes for some of the 50 million Americans with allergies. The spring allergy season begins in some regions of the country as early as February and can last into the summer months.

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 Ask the Allergist

Ask Dr. Michael Foggs, ACAAI president, and ACAAI Experts your questions on allergies and asthma!

What’s the best way to give epinephrine in anaphylaxis?

Q: I am a school nurse and our school system stocks vials of epinephrine in the event of an anaphylactic reaction. We administer epinephrine under the skin when the student doesn’t have their own auto-injector. I have researched that delivering the epinephrine in the muscle has advantages over this approach. Which delivery is preferred? Read more.

A: Your question could not be a more timely one, as anaphylaxis is the focus of the World Allergy Organization, for World Allergy Week this April. The current recommendation is for epinephrine to be administered in the muscle (IM) in anaphylaxis. Read more

What is Nitric Oxide Testing?

Q: Recently, my child visited his allergist because of seasonal nasal allergies mixed with cough and wheezing. The allergist recommended a breathing test called “FeNO” and explained that my insurance may not cover the cost. What is “FeNO” and do you feel its value outweighs its cost? Read more.

A: FeNO stands for “Fractional exhaled Nitric Oxide.” Nitric oxide is an objective biomarker of inflammation in the lungs. Your doctor ordered this important test to determine if your child’s symptoms were caused by asthma or something else -nitric oxide testing helps to determine this. Read more

Link to Archived Questions and Answers

Disclaimer: This advice is not intended to diagnose or treat, but concerns general recommendations; the archived questions and answers may not reflect all of the current knowledge in our field. As always, consult with your own physician.

 In the News

Allergic disease may reduce lung cancer risk

Asthma, eczema, and hay fever are inversely associated with lung cancer, according to a study in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. History of allergic diseases seems to have a protective role in lung cancer incidence, said the authors. Read More.

Allergic disease may reduce lung cancer risk

People with prednisone-dependent severe asthma are more likely to be depressed than people with severe asthma who aren't prednisone-dependent, according to a study in Respiratory Medicine. Subjects with prednisone-dependent severe asthma were more than three times more likely to be depressed than non-prednisone dependent subjects with severe asthma. Read More.

 ACAAI Announcements

Wondering why the costs of the ABAI secure exam are so high?
The answer to this and other MOC questions were addressed during the first ACAAI House of Delegates webinar held recently. A recording and transcript of the webinar are now available.

Call for Abstracts
Submit your clinical and research findings for presentation at the 2014 ACAAI Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Nov. 6-10. The deadline is July 7 and there is a $40 submission fee (except for medical students, residents and FITs). Read FAQs. 

ACAAI Webinar - Physician Payment Sunshine Act: 
What Allergists Need To Know

The Physician Payment Sunshine Act is part of the U.S. Affordable Care Act which requires manufacturers of drugs, medical devices and biologicals that participate in U.S. federal health care programs to report certain payments and items of value given to all licensed physicians and select teaching hospitals. Beginning Aug. 1, 2013, manufacturers are required to collect and track payments, transfers and ownership information for reporting to the government in early 2014.

Get answers to these and other important questions by viewing the archived July 17 complimentary webinar available to ACAAI Members.

Vaccines as Tools in the Evaluation of Primary Immune Deficiencies

Not for Credit. Physicians need educational initiatives to help identify patients with possible immune deficiency. A valuable instrument in this process is the use of vaccine to determine adequate specific antibody responses. This program will provide a synopsis of the guidelines for the use of vaccine responses in evaluation of patients with recurrent infections and review the most current literature on the use of Ig replacement therapy.


ACAAI awarded ACCME Accreditation with Commendation

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has been resurveyed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and awarded Accreditation with Commendation for six years as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians.

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Medicare/Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and the Allergist: Some Third Person Decides Your Fate

We all agree that with the escalating healthcare costs in the US, we must start to deliver healthcare in a more cost effective manner. However, I am NOT convinced that the ACO model as it is currently structured is THE answer or even a viable alternative. Read more

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 Conferences on Line Allergy (COLA)

April 14
10:00am Immunology Abbas Chapter 14: Immunologic Tolerance: Christina Ciaccio, MD and Fellows
11:00am Research Conference; David Jara, MD

April 18
10:00am Cutaneous Immunology (Chapter 33 Middleton); Manika Girdhar, DO
11:00am Journal Club: Occupational Medicine; Sara Anvari, MD

April 21
10:00am Immunology : Jeopardy, Christina; Ciaccio, MD and Fellows
11:00am Laboratory Series: Cellular Assays of Biologic Function; Marcia Chan. PhD

April 25
10:30am STATISTICS: Agreement , Diagnostic Testing & Missing Data, Daisy Dai, PhD

April 28
10:00am Immunology Abbas Chapter 18 or PrimerChapter 6: Hypersensitivity Disorders; Christina Ciaccio, MD and Fellows
11:00am Fellow’s Consult/Clinic Review; Fellows and Staff

All times are Central

 Ask the Expert

Ask our expert panel about your challenging allergy/immunology case!

Venom Allergy in Children

Q. I have two questions related to the possibility of stinging insect hypersensitivity in a 2-year old toddler:
1. Can a child of this age be treated with hymenoptera venom immunotherapy?
2. Is hymenoptera venom skin testing indicated in this patient? Read more

A. Young children who have experienced systemic adverse reactions to hymenoptera stings should be treated with hymenoptera venom immunotherapy (VIT). Anaphylactic reactions to stings can occur decades apart, with or without interval stings. Read answers

Can Patients With Egg Allergy Receive Propofol Anesthetic?

Q. Can patients with egg allergy receive propofol anesthetic? Read more.

A. Propofol is a lipid-soluble anesthetic agent. Given its lipophilicity, propofol must be emulsified in a lipid mixture for injection. Current preparations of propofol available in the US include a generic form and one branded as Diprivan. Read answers

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