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Mary Beth Nierengarten, MA
Mary Beth Nierengarten is a freelance medical writer with over 25 years of experience. Her work appears regularly in a number of print and online publications.
How to diagnose neurologic problems in neonates
The presentation described a number of neonatal neurology issues about which pediatricians commonly have questions and described an efficient and evidence-based approach to doing a neonatal neurology exam called the Dubowitz exam.
Counsel parents on environmental health issues
Pediatricians are often asked questions by parents about the effect of environmental exposures on the health of their children. Although some environmental exposures can be detrimental to children’s health, not all are despite the often erroneous claims made by the media.
New recommendations for preventing food allergies
With studies showing that delaying introduction of highly allergenic food making food allergies more likely, new recommendations shed light on when and how to introduce these foods.
Updated guideline for “brief resolved unexplained events”
A recently published 2016 guideline by the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends replacing “apparent life-threatening event” or ALTE with the more accurate term “brief resolved unexplained event” or BRUE.
Recognizing signs of sexual assault in teens
Sexual abuse among adolescents and young adults is very common. This presentation emphasized the key role pediatricians play in recognizing the signs of sexual assault in their patients and provided them with information on how to respond.
Helping kids cope with skin diseases
Among the stressors that can have a significant negative impact on the quality of life of children are skin diseases, particularly those that affect physical appearance such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and acne.
Treatment of opioid use disorder
As problems with opioid use and abuse in the United States increasingly emerge to create what is being called a public health epidemic, clinicians are facing the great challenge of trying to provide optimal pain management for their patients while being mindful of the potential deleterious effects of the highly addictive opioids.
Gluten-free diet: Not for all children
Gluten-free diet: Not for all children
The popularity of gluten-free diets continues to grow as people increasingly turn to diet as a way to manage copious symptoms from gastrointestinal disturbances, which can range from headaches to skin rashes, behavioral problems, and psychological difficulties.
Hypothyroidism in children
Of the many forms of thyroid disease in children, hypothyroidism remains the most common. Since the 1970s with the advent of neonatal screening for thyroid disease in most industrialized countries, the incidence of congenital hypothyroidism has increased from about 1 in 6700 live births to about 1 in 2500 births.
Kids on planes
With a few tips, parents and adults flying with kids can diminish some of the angst that can set in at the thought of trying to subdue a crying baby in flight or concerns with potential risks posed to children, such as dehydration and gastrointestinal discomfort, by sending them up in the air.

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