News & Events

 

As predicted last summer, we had a particularly heavy 2017-2018 flu season with a new strain of H3N2 influenza predominating. Dr. Scott is embarking on a new flu study taking advantage of this last season, so some of you may be getting calls to see if you would like to participate. FluMist will be available this fall after not being available for the previous two seasons. Both shot and “mist” will have the updated new strain in them, and we are likely to see a light flu season this year in contrast to last year.


In August of 2017, Dr. Scott gave a Grand Rounds presentation at UAB Huntsville entitled “A New Etiological Model for ADHD and Autism” based on his research that has been published in 2014 and 2015. This year, his letter to the Editor was recently published in JAMA Pediatrics arguing that more is known about the cause of autism than is shared with parents, and vaccines do not fit into that evidence-based model. There is still much to learn about potential prevention as well as treatment of autism and other disorders of the brain.

 

We still offer the HPV (Gardasil) vaccine, but concerns about a possible association between it and ovarian dysfunction have been heightened by a new (June ’18) study while lessened by an even newer (August) study. The FDA and CDC don’t think there is reason to be concerned, but we believe further research is needed.

 

 

Featured Research

 
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Scott S. Field, MD, FAAP

Interaction of Genes and Nutritional Factors in the Etiology of Autism and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders: A Case Control Study

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How do Genes and Environment cause Autism?

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Factors Affecting Vaccination in Children and Their Siblings After Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis

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Philosophies and Policies

 

It is our goal for our patients to grow up happy and healthy. Our phone number even ends in “WELL” (9355).

Healthy diets and exercise are needed for optimal health. Along with improved sanitation and antibiotics, immunizations have substantially reduced the burden of deadly infectious diseases in the past 70 years. They work so well that many people have forgotten how serious the diseases they protect against can be. We feel strongly that our patients are protected not only for their sake but for the sake of our other patients who don’t deserve to be exposed to otherwise preventable illnesses contracted because children were not appropriately vaccinated.

Overuse of antibiotics causes extra problems, so we try to be selective in prescribing them. We strive to help parents prevent accidents while children are in their care. Anticipatory guidance sheets are provided at many of the checkups to help parents make wise choices for their children. We do expect our patients to come yearly for checkups between 2 and 5 years of age and at least every other year after that. For children with chronic health problems like asthma or ADHD, we do yearly checkups and often need to see them at least once in between in order to provide appropriate and optimal care.

 

 

 

 
 
 
     

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