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This special series of expert commentaries is part of a collaboration between Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Medscape and is designed to provide practicing clinicians with updates and analysis on a range of clinically important topics from specialists affiliated with this world-famous pediatric facility.

Latest Features from CHOP

  • School Is Here: Helping Kids With ADHD Start Out Right Ensuring success both at home and at school requires that pediatric clinicians and teachers combine forces.
  • T2D in Teens: More Severe Complications   Long-term results of the TODAY study find a concerning rate of complications in youth with type 2 diabetes. Investigator Dr Lorraine Levitt Katz provides an update of the data presented at ADA 2019.
  • When Is Stuttering Cause for Concern?   Dr Joe Donaher, from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, explains when to be concerned about stuttering and provides resources available to help patients and families.
  • Are Smartphone Pics Good Enough in Pediatric Dermatology?   Dr Patrick McMahon describes his study finding that diagnosis of pediatric skin conditions based on smartphone photos has good concordance with in-person diagnosis.
 

Offit on Vaccines

  • Paul A. Offit, MDPaul A. Offit, MD, Director, Vaccine Education Center and Attending Physician, Division of Infectious Diseases, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Paul Offit is the co-inventor of the RotaTeq® vaccine, but he receives no financial remuneration for sales of the vaccine from either the manufacturer or his employing institution
     
  • Not Vaccinating Migrant Children Is 'Unconscionable'   Dr Paul Offit comments on the US Customs and Border Protection agency's decision to not vaccinate migrant children against influenza.
  • What Will It Take to Eradicate Mumps?   Mumps isn't a trivial infection because it can lead to sterility. How can we end these outbreaks?
  • Measles: Will It Take a Death to Get Kids Vaccinated?   Paul Offit argues that it's unconscionable to let unvaccinated kids get and transmit measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases.
  • The Overwhelming Safety of the HPV Vaccine Why has one of the most well-studied vaccines in history been unable to dispel fears about its safety?
  • Vaccine Science Taken Hostage? Paul Offit Responds Paul Offit responds to a column in the New York Times that claims there is a 'conspiracy of silence' among vaccine scientists about the harms of vaccines.
  • FluMist: Flu Vaccine Option or 'Last Resort'?   Dr Paul Offit discusses the 'new, improved' FluMist and clarifies competing recommendations for its use.
 

A Musing Pediatrician

  • L. Gregory Lawton, MDL. Gregory Lawton, MD, is a pediatrician with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Primary Care, HighPoint, Chalfont, Pennsylvania. He attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia on a scholarship from the US Air Force and completed his pediatric residency at a teaching affiliate of the University of California, Davis, at Travis Air Force Base, California. He exchanged the polyester Air Force uniform for cotton fiber in 2003 when he moved to the Philadelphia suburbs.
     
  • Back to School: In Praise of the Routine Summer is wonderful, but many welcome the return to the well-worn routines of fall. Helping families establish those routines is the unique purview of pediatrics.
  • Pediatrician Burnout: Similar, yet Different Burnout in pediatricians has some of the same root causes as in all types of physician. But some causes are unique to the challenges and joys of caring for children.
  • Pediatrics by the Numbers: Putting Our Time Where It Works Best Are you asking the right questions? Providing the right advice? Greg Lawton, MD, discusses the issues and hazards that provide the biggest risk to kids and how to use our time wisely to mitigate them.
  • A Musing on Interpreters in the Pediatric Exam Room Interpreters can become a critical part of the interaction with a family.
  • Can Teenagers Solve Our Nation's Most Intractable Problem? Can impetuous, unruly, infuriating, passionate, inspiring teenagers prevail where adults have failed?
  • SOAP to EHR to Scribe: What's Next? From handwritten notes to the loved and hated EHR. Will scribes change the game?