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Dr. Charlotte Thompson Medical Doctor

Specialty: Pediatrics
La Jolla, California
Dr. Charlotte E. Thompson has been a practicing physician for fifty years. She is a board certified pediatrician and in 2005-2006 was named as one of the top pediatricians in the U.S. Her special area of expertise is in children's neuromuscular disorders. She is an assistant clinical professor of... Full Bio
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Rx for Summer Medical Problems by Dr. Charlotte Thompson Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Most people look forward to summer as a time to relax, have a vacation, and some fun. Without careful planning and awareness and anticipation of possible medical proble ... Read on »
Checking for Dangerous Drug Interactions by Dr. Charlotte Thompson Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Many people these days take several drugs.  Even children with special needs may take one or two medicines. Sadly, I have found that few doctors, even in big medical ce ... Read on »
Parenting a Child with Special Needs by Dr. Charlotte Thompson Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Parenting a child with special needs can bring great rewards, but frequently many challenges. If as parents you realize something is not quite right with a child, despi ... Read on »
Diagnostic Workup for Patients with Muscle Weakness by Dr. Charlotte Thompson Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I am always amazed and sad that any physician would base a diagnosis completely on a laboratory test. As medical students are being taught to use computers rather than ... Read on »
Guns and Tragic Deaths by Dr. Charlotte Thompson Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health As a young medical student, I  had to care for a little boy who was shot by a friend who had taken the gun from his home. The little boy died despite all of our efforts ... Read on »
Nurses Practicing Medicine without an M.D. by Dr. Charlotte Thompson Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health In the 5/26/15 New York Times an article by Sabrina Tavernise discusses nurse practitioners who can now see patients without supervision by an M.D. Nebraska is the 20th ... Read on »
Help for Children with Rare Disorders by Dr. Charlotte Thompson Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I recently had an e-mail from a  parent whose child was formerly diagnosed as having a mitochondrial myopathy. The mother is quite remarkable having fought hard to get  ... Read on »
Concerns about DNA Testing by Dr. Charlotte Thompson Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I was pleased to see an article in the New York Times today that the National Institute of Standards and Technology has developed "reference materials"  laboratories ca ... Read on »
College Students and Drinking by Dr. Charlotte Thompson Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I heard a startling statistic today that 1825 college students die of alcohol ingestion each year.  This is a terrible tragedy. I cannot imagine sending a child off to ... Read on »
Scary Online Courses for Nurses and Physicians Assistants by Dr. Charlotte Thompson Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I was delighted to  read an article in today's New York Times by Tamar Lewin stating that Yale Medical School was denied an online program for physician assistant maste ... Read on »
Bathing Babies and Children Daily Does NOT Cause Eczema by Dr. Charlotte Thompson Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health There is a puzzling small article in the April Parents magazine that cites a dermatologist at University of Oregon Medical School who says that daily baths can cause ec ... Read on »
Beware of Doctors Who Think They are Infallible by Dr. Charlotte Thompson Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health It is always painful to hear accounts of doctors who make statements that are false for which they  have no basis. Yes, there are some great doctors, but there are doct ... Read on »
Nursing Homes and Care of the Elderly by Dr. Charlotte Thompson Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Choosing a nursing home for someone can be a daunting task. I had to do it for my father and have visited other nursing homes where friends and a few teenage patients w ... Read on »
All Muscle Weakness in Children is NOT Muscular Dystrophy by Dr. Charlotte Thompson Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health When a child, especially a boy or teenage male, develops muscle weakness, the immediate diagnosis that seems to come to doctors' minds is muscular dystrophy. Because th ... Read on »
Virtual Medicine is a Frightening Concept by Dr. Charlotte Thompson Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I recently was sent an e-mail by a company trying to entice doctors to sign up for "Virtual medicine" The idea is that a mother or father would hold a child up to a vid ... Read on »
Enrollment for the Affordable Health Care Act is Over February 15TH by Dr. Charlotte Thompson Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health As millions of Americans are now receiving health insurance thanks to the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare), the Republicans just had their 56th vote to repeal it. ... Read on »
When Parents Don't Allow Their Children to be Immunized by Dr. Charlotte Thompson Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health One hundred cases of measles are  currently reported in several U.S. states. These cases follow the 59 cases that developed after several unimmunized children visited D ... Read on »
Domestic Abuse and the Need for More Shelters, Funding, and Help by Dr. Charlotte Thompson Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health It is a sad commentary on this country when so many women and children are being abused and no help is available. If you  have ever seen an abused child  or seen the fe ... Read on »
Skin Cancers are Increasing with Frequent Tanning by Dr. Charlotte Thompson Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health The American Cancer Society has reported that 3.5 million skin cancers are found in two million Americans. This is from a report in the American Academy of Pediatrics n ... Read on »
Cheap Heatlh Insurance May = Poor Medical Care by Dr. Charlotte Thompson Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I am always amazed  how many people put good medical care at the bottom of their priorities. Whenever I have moved to a new area, I have always made finding the best do ... Read on »