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.
Early puberty in girls has long-term psychosocial effects
Pediatricians need a better understanding of the effects of early puberty for girls beyond adolescence into adulthood.
Animal study reveals causes and consequences of how bone cells “age”
Premature cellular aging induced by glucocorticoids during puberty may cause children’s bone loss, osteoporosis, and fracture risk later in life.
How to diagnose and manage localized wheezing
Wheezing in children is often associated with asthma. However, localized wheezing should alert the clinician that something other than asthma may be present.
Medical marijuana for children with cancer
Pediatricians have had concerns about the known risks of marijuana use in children. What’s next for kids with cancer?
Health literacy: A challenge in diverse populations
Health illiteracy is widespread across all populations, but it has the extra burden of language and cultural barriers in diverse and underserved populations. Here’s how pediatricians can help.
Pediatric high-grade glioma is not one tumor type but many
Stratifying tumors by their clinical characteristics and underlying biology will enable future targeting of specific therapies for glioma in children.
Two potential drugs to treat Dravet syndrome
Phase III clinical trials of new antiepileptic medications show promise for reducing frequency of convulsive seizures in children.
Noninvasive imaging monitors early human brain development
New research looks at the role of maternal-placental-fetal interaction on cognitive function and disease.
Growth-accommodating implants could repair heart valve defects
A new device for the heart is designed to accommodate a child’s growth, potentially improving the success rate of a valve repair and reducing the need for more operations.
Stepwise Approach to Treat Sexual Dysfunction in Women
A stepwise approach ensures that all the potential issues and needs affecting a women’s sexual dysfunction are addressed prior to initiating management strategies.

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