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The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) represents over 2,700 Board-certified otolaryngologists and health care providers. Otolaryngology, frequently referred to as Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT), uniquely combines medical and surgical expertise to care for patients with a variety of conditions affecting the ears, nose, and throat, as well as commonly related conditions. AAOA members devote part of their practice to the diagnosis and treatment of allergic disease. The AAOA actively supports its membership through education, research, and advocacy in the care of allergic patients.

"Dedicated to enhancing knowledge and skill in the care of the allergic patient."

ADVOCACY UPDATES

EpiPen Shortage Update

FDA has a drug shortage database which includes reasons for and updates on drug shortages. Today the…

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Breaking News on USP Chapter 797

An updated draft of USP Chapter 797 was released today. Updated Chapter 797 Posted for Public Comment: Separate Requirements…

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Congress Makes Changes to MACRA

The second year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) authorized by the Medicare Access and…

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Changes in MACRA

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Before the close of 2017, all physicians must take action to avoid the 4 percent cut that will be assessed in 2019 for not participating in the new Quality Payment Program (QPP) authorized by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).  Read More

CMS Announces Changes in MACRA Implementation Timeline. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced major changes to the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization (MACRA).
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Upcoming Dates

02/15/19: Call For Proposals Deadline
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04/01/19: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/19: Research Grant Cycle
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06/7/19: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2019 Basic Course

07/31/19: Membership Application Deadline to be voted in at the 2019 Annual Meeting and to be eligible for AAOA Member Rate (FREE) for the 2019 Annual Meeting
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12/01/19: Research Grant Cycle
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Call For Proposals

We want your input to help build a program that delivers on your expectations! Blending clinical and practice management content, the AAOA is now accepting proposals for a number of exciting new formats. Submit Proposal

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Working together with AAOA staff, volunteer leadership and members will enable us to have a positive impact on our members’ practices.

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2019 Interactive Allergy & Rhinology Course
February 8-10, 2019 | Dallas, TX
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2019 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
June 27-29 | Minneapolis, MN
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2019 AAOA Annual Meeting
September 13-15 | New Orleans, LA
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2019 Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology
December 12-14 | Austin, TX
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History of Allergy Treatment

The history of modern allergy treatment dates back to the early decades of the twentieth century with the demonstration of decreased response to grass pollens following conjunctival challenge done by Noon and Freeman.

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News and Updates

Burnout: A Real Problem, Not Just a Trendy Talk Show Topic

When you really look at hot topics in medicine, physician burnout seems to really skyrocket…

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So, You Think You Have Been to the Advanced Course….

We all suffer from the need to find new and innovative educational content to help…

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2018 AAOA Basic Course…This is not the same course you may have attended before!

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A Brief History of Allergy Treatment

The history of modern allergy treatment dates back to the early decades of the twentieth century with the demonstration of decreased response to grass pollens following conjunctival challenge done by Noon and Freeman.  These techniques were subsequently modified that led to the development of subcutaneous introduction of allergens or subcutaneous immunothearpy (SCIT). Sublingual immunotherapy was first pioneered in the 1940s. In 2014, the FDA approved commercially prepared sublingual therapies for grass and ragweed.

Antihistamines were developed in the 1930s and became clinically available in the 1940s.  Second generations antihistamines were approved in mid-1980s providing relief of symptoms with decreased central nervous system side effects.

Corticosteroid nasal sprays were reportedly used as early as 1950s but did not gain prominent use until the 1970s with later generations improving patient tolerance and reducing impact on hypothalamic-pituitary axis.  In 2012 the release of a coformulated nasal spray with antihistamine and corticosteroid offered even greater efficacy.

Leukotrienes were discovered in the 1970s.   The discovery and introduction of Montelukast (Singulair) a decade later providing additional pharmacological management of inflammatory mediators.  

The most recent therapeutic introductions for allergy include monoclonal antibodies that are produced using recombinant DNA techniques.  These medications block IgE and various leukotrienes to eliminate or significantly ameliorate the inflammatory reaction.

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References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3651049/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4761089/
https://www.jacionline.org/article/S0091-6749(10)01853-1/pdf

Allergies for the Otolaryngologist; Ferguson,B.J. and Golla,S;l Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America; June 2011; Volume 44; Number 3

http://www.allergiesexplained.com/pages/Desensitisation%20or%20Immuno%20Therapy.htm