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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.

 

 

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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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We are primarily interested in providing optimal health for our patients, but when we can hope to discover answers to medical mysteries though clinical research we (mainly Dr. Scott) pursue that as time allows. Our patients have been very supportive of these efforts. We are very thankful to our patients for that as well as just being great patients.

 

Dr. Scott has always been interested in infectious diseases which is one of the reasons he went into pediatrics. Also, since about 2007 he has been interested in the potential role of nutritional deficiencies of omega-3 fatty acids in disorders of the brain as well as in autoimmune and chronic inflammatory diseases. With the help of our patients and lots of hours of research, he conducted a case control (comparing children affected by ADHD and autism with children not affected) study that was published in the journal Medical Hypotheses in 2014.

 

The paper is titled “Interaction of Genes and Nutritional Factors in the Etiology of ADHD and Autism: a Case Control Study.” Over a dozen new related hypotheses are proposed, and data regarding interactions and factors not previously reported in the medical literature shed new light and offer hope for prevention of at least some autism cases. Other related articles were published in open access journals: "Nutritional Factors in Autism and Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder" in the Journal of Nutritional Disorders and Therapy in 2014 and "How do Genes and Environment cause Autism?" in Austin Journal of Nutrition & Metabolism in 2015."

 

Dr. Scott’s first published medical letter challenged the then accepted dogma that antibiotic treatment had no significant effect on the clinical course of streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat) by examining original data from a classic study. It was published in Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal in 1986 (Vol 5, No. 1, p. 112) He had another letter in the same journal a year later regarding “Bacteremia without fever.” (Vol 6, No. 10, p. 946) based on research done during residency. Several letters have been published in Pediatrics starting with “Omega-3 fatty acids, prematurity, and autism” in 2008 (Vol 122, No. 6, pp. 1416-1417. A more recent letter to the editor was published in Advances in Nutrition 2016 Vol 7, pp.420-421 entitled "Nutrition and Autism: Intervention Compared with Identification." The latest letter, recently published online, will be in the October 2018 print edition of JAMA Pediatrics. It was in response to an article that looked at vaccination rates in siblings of autistic children, and explained that there is a good model for the cause of autism that vaccines don’t fit. That information could ease some of the fears that parents may have about vaccines.

 

Another publication involved a tragic case of a baby fatally infected with type 1 herpes simplex from newly acquired maternal herpetic breast lesions.  It was an extremely rare situation in which breastfeeding had a tragic consequence, but one that needed to be shared with lactation specialists in order to potentially prevent other such cases in the future.  It was a case report published in the Journal of Human Lactation 2016 Vol 32, pp.86-88.

 

A more recent (2013) research project was done regarding influenza and why vaccines against it are not more readily accepted by parents. He found that the live “Mist” vaccine gave significantly better protection in that season for children from 2 to 18 years of age, and that those who have never had flu before may have inherent resistance to flu and may not benefit as much from vaccines as those who have had flu before. That study, entitled 'Reasons for Influenza Vaccine Underutilization: A Case Control Study,' was published in the American Journal of Infection Control in October 2016 He is now looking to find out more information about factors influencing who gets flu and how severe it is, utilizing our recent very heavy flu season. Hopefully, some useful publishable data will come from this current study.  Stay tuned.

 

 

 

 
 
 
     

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