All posts by Clay Jones

Clay Jones, M.D. is a pediatrician practicing at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, MA, 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 @skepticpedi and is the co-host of The Prism Podcast with fellow SBM contributor Grant Ritchey.

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The Ethics of Involuntary Pediatric Drug Testing

Although it may seem like a good idea, testing for recreational drug use on an adolescent patient without consent is ethically questionable, challenging to interpret, and unlikely to benefit patient or family.

/ June 16, 2017
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Quackery for Kids

A brief rant and a few random observations on quackery for kids.

/ June 2, 2017
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NCCIH Announces Development of Revolutionary “Needleless” Acupuncture System

The NCCIH has announced the development of a revolutionary form of "needleless" acupuncture that may soon replace the use of surgical-grade, .25 millimeter thick stainless steel needles that have been in use for millennia.

/ May 19, 2017
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New Study Reveals Increase in Babies Injured by Nursery Products

After years of steady decline, a new study reveals a concerning increase in overall baby product-related injuries since 2003 and a sharp rise in concussions.

/ May 5, 2017
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Separating Fact from Fiction in the Not-So-Normal Newborn Nursery: Undescended Testes in Babies

There is a safe and effective science-based approach to the undescended testicle in newborns. This hasn't stopped some from proposing alternatives that are neither.

/ April 21, 2017
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Do Canadian Babies Really Cry the Most?

Despite an exaggerated and largely inaccurate interpretation by the media, a recently published study in the Journal of Pediatrics does little to update our understanding of infant crying and colic.

/ April 7, 2017
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Another Child Suffers From the Effects of Anti-Vaccine Propaganda…and Tetanus

As an Australian child suffers from tetanus, a horrific and virtually 100% preventable illness, a prominent local anti-vaccine propagandist goes on the attack.

/ March 24, 2017
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Medical Lore in Modern Pediatric Practice

Examples of modern medical lore that are passed down from doctor to doctor are commonplace in pediatric medicine and share similar features with the most egregious examples of medical pseudoscience

/ March 10, 2017
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Vaginal Seeding: To Swab or Not to Swab Your Newborn Baby

More mothers are requesting vaginal seeding, but does the evidence support this potentially risky intervention?

/ February 10, 2017
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Acupuncture for Infant Colic Part 2: Acupuncture Boogaloo

A detailed discussion of infant colic plus a few more thoughts on why acupuncture does not play a role in science-based management.

/ January 27, 2017