Pat F Bass III, MD, MS, MPH
Dr Bass is Chief Medical Information officer and professor of Medicine and of Pediatrics, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center–Shreveport.
Vaccine refusal
If there is no link between vaccines and conditions such as autism, why do pediatricians spend so much time talking about this topic with parents?
When rash and fever become an emergency
Rashes and fevers are among the most common complaints seen in the pediatrician’s office. The differential diagnosis is often large and ranges from entities the pediatrician sees commonly such as erythema infectiosum to the less common diseases such as Kawasaki syndrome, to more potentially serious conditions such as vaccine preventable illnesses and everything in between.
Evidence-based support for breastfeeding
Evidence-based support for breastfeeding
Although nearly 80% of mothers initiate breastfeeding, only 50% of mothers are still breastfeeding at 6 weeks, and less than 15% are exclusively breastfeeding at 6 months.
Pertussis makes a nasty comeback
Pertussis makes a nasty comeback
Pertussis has recently made an unwelcome comeback. The resurgence of this disease, also known as "whooping cough," leaves pediatricians with a number of problems.
Neonatal abstinence syndrome
Neonatal abstinence syndrome that occurs in a newborn following birth is attributed to the withdrawal of opioids, prescription medications, or illicit drugs that were ingested by the mother during pregnancy. Because symptoms may or may not be present at birth, early screening and pharmacologic treatment can stabilize an infant experiencing narcotic withdrawal.
"Is my kid ready for a smartphone?"
“Mom/Dad, can I have a smartphone?” Children are posing this question to their parents at earlier and earlier ages. If parents wait until they are asked to consider how they will monitor technology and their children, they are already behind.
The emotional parent: Why empathy matters
Learning to empathetically communicate with patients and parents in everyday practice builds trust that increases the likelihood of compliance with treatment plans.
Alternative medicine for atopic dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common, chronic inflammatory disorder affecting 15% to 30% of pediatric patients.
Living past cancer: Late effects and long-term care
Living past cancer: Late effects and long-term care
Whereas the incidence of cancer among kids is increasing, death from childhood cancer is decreasing.
Managing a patient after concussion
A review of how to manage a patient with a concussion from the initial injury to postinjury follow-up.


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