Talk:Maria New

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Biased[edit]

The article reads to me as if it was written by a pr-agency, for example

  • list of awards and honors that awkwardly dominates the article
  • "Her three children have given her eight grandchildren. All three children have become successful doctors. [...] All the children and grandchildren have a great love of music which they inherited from their maternal ancestors [...]" - — Preceding unsigned comment added by [[User:{{{1}}}|{{{1}}}]] ([[User talk:{{{1}}}|talk]] • [[Special:Contributions/{{{1}}}|contribs]])
    • It should be noted that Dr. New's supposed research into "homosexuality" was actually a long-term follow-up study on the psychological effects of the prenatal dexamethasone regimen. Dr. New received NIH funding for this research through the rare disease program. [[1]] She has an almost unique cohort of patients and the opportunity to conduct such research with a cohort large enough to allow for statistical analysis might not arise again soon. Prenatal dexamethasone remains an important tool for treating the physical abnormalities associated with CAH, and her long-term follow up of the psychological effects provides important data about the safety of the treatment. Dr. New has never recommended prenatal dexamethasone for use for psychological/social purposes. Pengolodhlerner (talk) 19:33, 31 January 2014 (UTC)
This assertion is not true. Here is something that she and Nimkarn saw published in 2010 (my highlights):

Without prenatal therapy, masculinization of external genitalia in females is potentially devastating. It carries the risk of wrong sex assignment at birth, difficult reconstructive surgery, and subsequent long-term effects on quality of life. Gender-related behaviors, namely childhood play, peer association, career and leisure time preferences in adolescence and adulthood, maternalism, aggression, and sexual orientation become musculinized in 46,XX girls and women with 21OHD deficiency. [...] We anticipate that prenatal dexamethasone therapy will reduce the well-documented behavioral masculinization and difficulties related to reconstructive surgeries.

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    • Also, if you check the history, you will see that I wrote much of the article, and I assure you I am not a PR agency. I have moved the awards section to the end of the article in order to facilitate readability. Pengolodhlerner (talk) 19:51, 31 January 2014 (UTC)

I agree. I've documented a number of instances of editorializing (and removed one instance in the lead). With Alice Dreger's new book out, Galileo's Middle Finger, you can imagine that this page will receive much more scrutiny, and it doesn't look good for Wikipedia that it (1) not only fails to reflect the controversy associated with the concerns raised about New's work (from Dan Savage's popular concerns, the NIH vs Cornell lawsuit, and the Time story on 'A Prenatal Treatment Raises Questions of Medical Ethics') but that it (2) has so many flattery words. -Reagle (talk) 11:39, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

The book of Dreger is indeed interesting and she spends 3 chapters on the prenatal dexamethasone subject. So I concur with (1) in the above that it doesn't look good, if Wikipedia does not refer to that. (Although the Times article is quoted and referred in the first paragraph, strangely enough). Pjtverheijen (talk) 22:21, 11 July 2015 (UTC)

I agree with these comments, and would add that numerous WP:Peacock terms are used inappropriately throughout the article. Trankuility (talk) 19:42, 29 June 2016 (UTC)

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  1. ^ Nimkarn, Saroj; New, Maria I. (April 2010). "Congenital adrenal hyperplasia due to 21-hydroxylase deficiency". Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1192 (1): 5–11. doi:10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.05225.x. ISSN 1749-6632.