John Jesitus
John Jesitus is a medical writer based in Westminster, CO.
Coding 2017 and beyond
Recent Medicare changes include the apparent disappearance of consultation codes, the addition of site-specific soft-tissue excision codes, and increasing pressure from overseers and auditors, says an expert.
Diagnosing melanoma
Newer tools to help diagnose challenging lesions include combined immunohistochemical stains and a growing array of genetic tests, one of which has shown the potential to gauge metastatic risk.
Rosacea treatments
Newer topical agents for rosacea including ivermectin and brimonidine are effective, and soon could be joined by oxymetazoline cream, experts say. Initial results from phase 2 trials of minocycline foam in rosacea could be available by year's end.
Factors in rosacea pathogenesis clearer
Keeping abreast of findings regarding the immunological, neurological and vascular roots of rosacea helps dermatologists target treatments accordingly, experts say.
Wet pants and constipation
The relationship between the urinary tract and the lower gastrointestinal tract impacts urinary tract infections (UTIs) and urinary incontinence in children.
Pediatric hypertension
Hypertension in children is not just a specialty problem. It's much more common in general pediatrics than community pediatricians might realize.
NAFLD: Silent manifestation of obesity
As the prevalence of childhood obesity has grown, said David Brumbaugh, MD, FAAP, so has the importance of identifying early signs of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
New weight-management algorithm
The long-awaited American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) weight-management algorithm for obesity provides a comprehensive, evidence-based translation for real-world use.
Family meals matter
Teaching children healthy eating habits requires setting a good example by sharing meals with them, said Irene Chatoor, MD, FAAP, in her session "Food refusal: From picky eating to feeding disorders."
Antibiotics, UTI, and VUR
The diagnosis and treatment of reflux in children with a history of urinary tract infections (UTIs) keeps evolving—it's hardly a settled issue. Regarding antibiotic prophylaxis in these children, said Saul P. Greenfield, MD, FAAP, FACS, the Randomized Intervention for Children with Vesicoureteral Reflux (RIVUR) trial reveals that it may be better to overtreat than undertreat.

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