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.
New timeline for early detection of hearing loss
Early detection of hearing status in children is critical to prevent the significant detrimental effect on cognitive development it can have if not appropriately addressed.
Influence of social media on teenagers' body image
Visually oriented social media platforms created by their peers can have a significant negative impact on adolescents’ body image.
Talking about female sexual dysfunction in specific patient populations
For particular groups of women, reluctance to talk about sexual difficulties may be enhanced by perceived societal judgements and misconceptions.
Talking to women about sexual dysfunction: Just do it!
Female sexual dysfunction is not rare. In the United States, 44% of women are reported to experience some form of sexual dysfunction and 12% of these women report distress associated with dysfunction. Despite this high prevalence, many women never talk to their providers about their sexual difficulties or concerns and many providers fail to broach the topic with their patients.
Asthma and food allergies associated with early-onset AD
Children with early-onset atopic dermatitis (AD) have an increased risk of developing asthma and food allergies by age 6 years, especially those with persistent dermatitis symptoms.
Bacteriotherapy holds promise for treatment of recurrent AOM
A novel therapy to prevent recurrent acute otitis media (RAOM) shows promise in offering a new way to safely and effectively address this challenging problem.
Types of Female Sexual Dysfunction
Despite its prevalence and adverse effect on women’s quality of life, female sexual dysfunction is often not addressed for a myriad of reasons.
Making it easier to prevent ear infections in children
Results of a new study show the feasibility and efficacy of preventing otitis media (OM), and potentially treat OM recurrence, through the simple use of a Band-Aid to deliver a vaccine targeted at one of the most common pathogens responsible for OM.
Novel antimicrobial shows promise for children with AOM
Children with acute otitis media (AOM) are routinely and successfully treated with antimicrobials, with data showing that the combination of amoxicillin-clavulanate (A/C) to treat AOM in children aged younger than 3 years is associated with more favorable outcomes than placebo.
When losing weight leads to eating disorders
Eating disorders often begin when an adolescent tries to lose weight. New AAP guidance provides tools to address the unhealthy eating behaviors that put teens at risk.

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