John Jesitus
John Jesitus is a medical writer based in Westminster, CO.
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.
Bigger, faster, stronger
Properly supervised strength training can help children both short-term and long-term, providing the foundation for an active, healthy life.
Primary care psychopharmacology
Evidence-based guidance is available to help primary care practitioners provide psychopharmacologic treatment for behavioral disorders.
Brittle or battered?
Many pediatricians need to step up their game in understanding and diagnosing rare disease processes whose symptoms can mimic those of child abuse.
When to look harder at jaundice
Even though most babies with jaundice have uncomplicated jaundice, 18% of them will have their course complicated by hemolysis.
What's autism, what's not
One in 68 children has an autism-spectrum disorder (ASD). When screening children, however, physicians must be aware that many other developmental disorders occur more commonly.
Push the HPV vaccine
To reduce human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers, pediatricians must strongly recommend the underutilized HPV vaccine in preteens.
Tackling tough areas with fillers
Filling more challenging areas such as the temples, frontalis, tear trough, jawline and chin can help dermatologists and other core aesthetic specialists stand out among providers of injectable treatments, an expert says.
Melasma data strengthens therapeutic insight
Agents that can attack melasma on multiple fronts include retinoids, glucosamine, hydroquinone, topical steroids, phytosterol, glycyrrhetinic acid, niacinamide, soybean extracts, retinoids, salicylic acid and liquirtin, an expert says.
Courteous to the core
Managing referrals successfully requires being honest with patients and equitable with peers, experts say.


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