John Jesitus
John Jesitus is a medical writer based in Westminster, CO.
Biopsy process helps pathologist determine accurate diagnosis
Common mistakes related to pediatric biopsies include using the wrong biopsy technique or transfer medium, sending inadequate samples and omitting the child's age.
Neurotransmitters may fuel inflammatory flares in skin conditions
The connection between emotional stress and skin disease is clear enough, an expert says, that it makes sense to recommend stress relief for patients who say their inflammatory skin disease flares under duress.
EMERGENCY MEDICINE: Top 4 abdominal emergencies
Avoiding misconceptions and practice gaps are keys to recognizing the most common abdominal emergencies in community pediatrics, said Joan E Shook, MD, MBA, FAAP.
HEMATOLOGY: Kids and clots
As the number of clots in hospitalized children continues climbing, said Shannon L Carpenter, MD, MS, pediatricians must know when and how to screen for risk factors.1 With many serious chronic illnesses now being treated more effectively, pediatricians are seeing increasing numbers of children who previously might not have survived very long, she said during the presentation “Clots and Kids: An Increasing Problem.”
HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE MEDICINE: Breaking bad news
Delivering unsettling news to patients and families demands at least as much listening as talking, said Emma Jones, MD, and Christopher Collura, MD, during their interactive session “Breaking Bad News: A Roadmap for the Most Difficult Conversations,” which allowed attendees to role-play these skills.
NEUROLOGY: Brain pain and migraine variants
Recognizing that children’s migraines don’t necessarily look or act like those of adults can speed diagnosis and appropriate treatment, said Eric Pearlman, MD, PhD, during his presentation “Brain Pain: Migraine and Its Variants.”
CHILD ABUSE/NEGLECT: Alternatives to spanking
Sparing a child the rod of corporal punishment can circumvent a lifetime of adverse health consequences, said Victor Vieth, JD, in his presentation “Spanking: The Why and How of Counseling Families on Alternative Discipline Measures.”
DEVELOPMENTAL PEDIATRICS: Encopresis education
Managing fecal incontinence begins with recognizing that it’s usually a physiologic, not behavioral, problem, said Mary Pipan, MD, FAAP, during the session “Encopresis by Any Other Name: Successful Management of Fecal Incontinence.”
ORTHOPEDICS: More hip dysplasia questions than answers
With heated debate surrounding the very definition of developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), said Brian A Shaw, MD, this topic yields more unanswered questions today than it did over a decade ago.

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