All posts by Clay Jones

Clay Jones, M.D. is a pediatrician and a regular contributor to the Science-Based Medicine blog. He primarily cares for healthy newborns and hospitalized children, and devotes his full time to educating pediatric residents and medical students. Dr. Jones first became aware of and interested in the incursion of pseudoscience into his chosen profession while completing his pediatric residency at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital a decade ago. He has since focused his efforts on teaching the application of critical thinking and scientific skepticism to the practice of pediatric medicine. Dr. Jones has no conflicts of interest to disclose and no ties to the pharmaceutical industry. He can be found on Twitter as @SBMPediatrics and is the co-host of The Prism Podcast with fellow SBM contributor Grant Ritchey. The comments expressed by Dr. Jones are his own and do not represent the views or opinions of Newton-Wellesley Hospital or its administration.

Tattoos Still Won’t Boost Your Immune System

Does the repeated stress on your immune system from getting tattoo after tattoo make you better able to fight off infections? No, no it does not.

/ May 10, 2024

Science-Based Satire: More Parents Turn to Kinesiology Diapers for Fussy Infants

Are parents really turning to diapers made using kinesiology tape to help their fussy babies? Of course not. That would be incredibly silly, and profitable. This is satire.

/ April 26, 2024

New Study Finds No Link Between Autism and Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy

A new study designed to better account for hidden confounding factors has found no link between acetaminophen use during pregnancy and the risk of neurodevelopmental conditions in childhood.

/ April 12, 2024

COVID-19 Vaccination Significantly Reduces Risk of Severe Inflammatory Syndrome in Kids

A new analysis of 2023 MIS-C cases reveals that the COVID-19 vaccine significantly reduces the risk of this dreaded complication.

/ March 29, 2024

Some Good, But Preliminary Real World Data on Those Baby RSV Shots

The first post-rollout data for the RSV antibody shot looks pretty good, but far too many little ones missed out.

/ March 15, 2024

More Evidence that Ignoring Safe Sleep Advice Puts Babies at Risk of Unexpected Death

A new study of thousands of cases confirms that sharing a sleep surface with a caregiver significantly increases the risk of unexpected death in infancy.

/ March 1, 2024

Music for Reducing Pain in Newborns

Newborns are exposed to painful procedures for good reason every day. Treating pain is important in this population, and music might play a role. At least it definitely won't hurt.

/ February 16, 2024

Science-Based Satire: Historic Conference Clarifies Vertebral Subluxation Causes

Did a meeting of chiropractors from around the world come to a historic consensus on the true causes of the chiropractic subluxation? No, this is satire. Still read the post though. Please.

/ February 2, 2024

Another Year, Another Measles Outbreak

Another year is here, and that means more measles outbreaks here and around the world as far too many children (and some parents) lack protection from the safe and effective vaccine.

/ January 19, 2024

A Bit of Good News: Kids Appear to Have Lower Risk of Post-COVID Conditions Than Previously Thought

Based on a recently published study using improved criteria for determining long term COVID-related health problems, it looks like kids are less likely to be negatively impacted than previously thought.

/ January 5, 2024