|Year : 2012 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 49
From the Editor's desk
Editor-in-Chief, IJAAI, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, University of Delhi, Delhi, India
|Date of Web Publication||27-May-2013|
S N Gaur
Editor-in-Chief, IJAAI, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, University of Delhi, Delhi
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Gaur S N. From the Editor's desk. Indian J Allergy Asthma Immunol 2012;26:49
You are holding the second issue of 2012 of the Indian Journal of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (Vol. 26, no. 2). The change in the appearance and the contents and composition from this year has been appreciated by many of our college persons. I am thankful to them. Our efforts will continue to improve it further and for that I want the cooperation from all of you by submitting your scientific papers online and for the referee to respond in time. The Journal is now available online and the online link to the Journal (www.journalonweb.com/ijaai) offers authors and reviewers an interactive platform to submit and follow the progress of their submitted articles. Authors/reviewers are requested to communicate thorough this facility henceforth as from now onwards we do not encourage submission/communication through post. The Journal is now indexed with Caspur, EBSCO Publishing's Electronic Databases, Expanded Academic ASAP, Genamics Journal Seek, Global Health, Google Scholar, Health and Wellness Research Center, Health Reference Center Academic, Hinari, Index Copernicus, Indian Science Abstracts, IndMed, MANTIS, Open J Gate, Primo Central, ProQuest, SCOLOAR, SIIC databases, Summon by Serial Solutions and Ulrich's International Periodical Directory. Also, efforts are being made to get the Journal indexed with other databases.
This issue contains a review article on allergy and immunotherapy with clinical presentations of different allergic diseases mainly connected with respiratory system, testing methods for allergic diseases, the immune mechanism involved in immunotherapy and details of immunotherapy including types, methodology, clinical trials, and laboratory evidences. The article also includes various recommendations and the guidelines prepared for India in 2009. Another article is on air sampling of the environment for presence of microbes, especially fungi and bacteria producing respiratory problems in the flora of Davangare, Karnataka. The concentration of fungi was found highest in winter and bacterial concentration was high in summer season.
A detailed study on the result of skin sensitization in patients of allergic Rhinitis and Asthma from different part of India is published. It has given the overall picture of the skin sensitivity pattern to various aeroallergens in India. Another paper from Jalandhar, Punjab reported results of skin sensitivity to various fungal antigens in patients of respiratory allergy. However, these were all known fungal antigen and no new antigen was detected.
The result of a survey on adherence and understanding the asthma management guidelines of GINA conducted on doctors including respiratory physicians is reported in yet another paper. The result show an overall positive results in 39% and 67% among the respiratory physicians. The study was conducted in a tertiary care hospital in Nigeria.
A study to find out as to whether there is any difference in lung volumes if tested at different postures, like sitting and standing. The result were although not statistically significant, the standing position testing found airway reversibility in additional 9.3% cases of airway obstruction in FVC than the test done in sitting position. However, due to small sample size, on conclusion can be drawn, but the effort is appreciated.
A rare disease of Hereditary Angioedema due to deficiency of C1 inhibitor involving many systems is presented as a case report.
Finally, this issue contains selected and interesting abstracts of scientific papers presented at the annual conference of European College of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology, held in 2012 for our knowledge.
We request researchers/allergologists/clinicians/allergists who are associated with research on allergy, asthma, and immunology, to contribute research articles in the form of original research, case reports, reviews for consideration of publication in the IJAAI. We welcome any suggestions for improvement in the Journal. We thank all the pharmaceutical concerns and advertisers for financial support to the journal.
Wish you happy reading!