Mary Beth Nierengarten, MA
Cystic fibrosis guidelines for preschool children
New guidelines have been published that address monitoring cystic fibrosis in children aged between 2 and 5 years and highlight the key issues for pediatricians in caring for young children during this critical stage of development.
Mental health services in primary care
Integrating mental health services within the primary care setting would help to provide continuity of care and benefit a myriad of issues faced by children with mental illness and the pediatricians who care for them.
Strategies to minimize liability risk in pediatric practice
Given the crucial role pediatricians play in the health of children and in the US healthcare system in general, it is vitally important that pediatric practices understand what the actual legal obligations and risks are for providing pediatric services.
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.

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