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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

New! Full-color and spiral-bound printed version now available
Limited copies of the book are available for purchase.

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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Enterovirus: What should I do to protect myself, and my children?

Fever and a runny nose. Sneezing and coughing. Body and muscle aches. Wheezing and difficulty breathing. For most of us, these are symptoms of a cold. But for some – especially children with asthma - they can be the signs of a far more serious and deadly condition: Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).

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Asthma Symptoms Kicking Up? Check Your Exposure to Air Pollution.

People who suffer from asthma may think there’s not a lot they can do to control their asthma besides taking their medications and avoiding allergic triggers. According to a new article in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, asthma sufferers can learn lessons by examining their lifestyle.

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 Ask the Allergist

Ask Dr. James Sublett, ACAAI president, and other ACAAI Experts answer your questions on allergies and asthma!

Allergic to Milk?

Q: Recently I discovered I might have an allergy to milk.  After drinking milk, I have some irritation and a few hives.  A friend of mine suggested I try Lactaid, soy or organic milk.  Was he correct?  What are my options? Should I avoid food that has milk ingredients listed?

A:We are sorry to hear you are having difficulty with cow’s milk. Certainly, symptoms of hives after drinking milk might indicate a milk allergy. Before you restrict your diet excessively it would be a good idea to see a board-certified allergist to determine the cause of your symptoms, since hives are not always caused by a food allergy. 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

Study: Adults poor at identifying stinging insects

Adults are poor at identifying stinging insects and their nests, except for the honeybee, according to a study in Annals of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology. Men were more accurate than women in the picture-based survey, and subjects who had been stung by at least four insects were more accurate overall. Read More.

FDA approves OTC Flonase for nasal, eye symptoms

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved over-the-counter (OTC) fluticasone propionate 50 mcg nasal spray, called Flonase Allergy Relief, indicated for relief of all nasal and eye-related allergy symptoms. It will be available OTC in early 2015, according to a company news release.

 ACAAI Announcements

Are you UpToDate?

As an ACAAI member, you can save up to 25% on an annual subscription to UpToDate. With your subscription you:
  • have access to more than 10,000 clinical topics covering 22 medical specialties
  • can get a broad overview of a condition or drill down to specific treatment recommendations
  • will earn CME when you research a topic

Do you know how to manage acute loss of asthma control in the yellow zone?

A new practice parameter, “Management of Acute Loss of Asthma Control in the Yellow Zone: A Practice Parameter,” can be found in the August issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
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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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 Certified CME Activities

 Letters to the Web Editor

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)

Conferences On-Line Allergy (COLA) is a collaborative program with Children’s Mercy Hospitals. COLA's provide access to allergy-related educational experiences for the practicing and academic allergist as well as for primary-care providers and the general public.
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December 15 (Monday)
10:00 am Antigen Presentation to T Lymphocytes, Christina Ciaccio, MD
11:00 am Allergy and Asthma in Pregnancy, Jennifer Namazy, MD

December 19 (Friday)
10:00 am Laboratory Series: Application of Genetic Techniques, Marcia Chan, PhD

December 22-31: No conferences. Happy Holidays.

January 5 (Monday)
08:00 am Patient Management Conference, Jill Hanson, MD
10:00 am Immunology Jeopardy, Christina Ciaccio, MD

January 9 (Friday)
10:00 am Immune Complex-Mediated Diseases, Alison Humphrey, MD

January 12 (Monday)
10:00 am Getting Published: Part 2, Jay Portnoy MD and Charles Barnes PhD
11:00 am Desensitization to non-antibiotic medications, Aleena Banerji,

January 16 (Friday)
10:00 am How to review a Journal Article, Gailen Marshall, MD, Editor of the Annals of Allergy

January 19 (Monday)
10:00 am Signaling Through Immune System Receptors, Christina Ciaccio, MD
11:00 am Laboratory Series: Monoclonal Antibodies, Charles Barnes, PhD

January 23 (Friday)
10:00 am Asthma and Allergies in the Elderly, Gailen Marshall, MD
11:00 am Allergy Journal Club, Neha Patel, MD

January 26 (Monday)
10:00 am Development and Survival of Lymphocytes, Christina Ciaccio, MD

January 30 (Friday)
10:00 am Getting Published: Part 3, Jay Portnoy, MD

 Ask the Expert

"Hypoallergenic" Vs. Feather Bedding: Which Is Better?

Q. Which is preferable as a recommendation for a person with allergies - "hypoallergenic" synthetic bedding or bedding made with natural down/feathers?Read more.

A. Feathers have long been blamed as potential allergens in worsening nasal allergies and asthma. Much of this thinking is a result of case reports showing improvement in symptoms when people limited exposure to feather bedding, rather than any data from controlled clinical trials. Read more.

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

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