News & Events


With summer here, remember to prevent sunburn with sunscreen and limited exposure.  Also remember that swim-ear drops (concentrated rubbing alcohol) are useful in preventing swimmer’s ear caused by frequent swimming along with heat and humidity promoting germ growth in moist ear canals.  Tell your children to let you know if they start getting any pain so it can be treated before it gets too bad.
We are overdue for a new flu strain and heavy flu season – we’ll see…  The last heavy flu season was 2012-2013 when Dr. Scott did the study that found previous flu illness to be a strong predictor of need for yearly vaccination.  FluMist will not be available for the second flu season in a row.  See Dr. Scott’s comments posted on-line to the May issue of Pediatrics’ recent CDC study about flu vaccine effectiveness against flu-associated pediatric deaths.

Expecting moms who may not be inclined to breastfeed need to be aware that a published study did find a significant association between not nursing and Alzheimer’s disease (Fox M, J Alzheimer’s Dis 2013 “Maternal breastfeeding history and Alzheimer’s disease risk”).  This lends evidence to Dr. Scott’s theory in his ADHD/autism study (p. 657) of that risk due to the role of prolactin in restoring fatty acids depleted from a mother’s brain during pregnancy.  Risk for breast cancer and likely ovarian cancer is also reduced by breastfeeding.  We encourage moms, if at all possible, to breast feed their babies.

Featured Research


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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Nutritional Factors in Autism and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

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Reasons for Influenza Vaccine Underutilization: A Case Control Study

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How do Genes and Environment cause Autism?

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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."


Another newer 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 recently published in the American Journal of Infection Control.





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