Immunotherapy - top articles for August 2012

Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles about immunotherapy for August 2012:

Immunotherapy prescribed for 5 years by 75% of US-Canadian allergists, for 3 years by the rest of the world

Intralymphatic immunotherapy for cat allergy induces tolerance after only 3 injections - first human study ILIT with MAT–Fel d 1

Eosinophilic esophagitis induced by milk oral immunotherapy - 3 case reports

Allergen immunotherapy is a cost-effective treatment in modifying existing allergic respiratory diseases - Chest 2012

Therapies for allergic inflammation: refining strategies to induce tolerance - Nature Medicine 2012 review, full text

Fear needles? Looking away while you're getting an injection makes it hurt less (study)

Allergen immunotherapy causes production of high-affinity allergen-specific blocking IgG(4)

Safety of Allergen Immunotherapy - 2012 Medscape review

Epinephrine in the treatment of anaphylaxis. Adult intramuscular dose is 0.3 to 0.5 ml of 1:1,000 concentration

To expect clinical efficacy from SLIT for allergic rhinitis, sufficiently high doses have to be regularly administered for at least 3 consecutive years

Allergy shots: Do patients feel pain or fear? - Full text PDF:

"Beat Allergies Drop by Drop" - WSJ - However, most insurers don't cover SLIT cost, typically $30-150/month

The articles were selected from my Twitter stream @Allergy and Google Reader RSS subscriptions. Some of the top allergy accounts on Twitter contributed links. I appreciate the curation provided by @JuanCIvancevich @AllergyNet @IgECPD4 @DrAnneEllis @AACMaven @AllergieVoeding @allergistmommy @mrathkopf @wheezemd.

Please feel free to send suggestions for articles to and you will receive acknowledgement in the next edition of this publication.

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