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Have Scientists Found 'Virginity Genes'?

Posted 18 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 18, 2016 – Parents, when you have "the talk" with your kids, keep these new study findings in mind: Genetic makeup may help determine when people lose their virginity. The study results matter because people who have sex and babies earlier appear to fare worse educationally and have poorer physical and mental health, said study co-author Ken Ong. "Genes influence the ages of first intercourse and first birth by acting on both personality and physical characteristics," said Ong. He is an epidemiologist with the University of Cambridge in England, who analyzed genetic data of hundreds of thousands of people. Researchers have previously linked the start of puberty to genetic factors, but Ong said it wasn't known how genes may affect the timing of first sex and when females first give birth. The new study finds a "moderate genetic component" for both, although not a direct ... Read more

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Excess Weight Has 'Unexpected' Effect on Puberty Onset in Boys

Posted 27 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 – Excess weight can delay or speed up puberty in young boys, depending on how many extra pounds they carry, a new study suggests. Overweight boys tend to enter and finish puberty somewhat earlier than usual, researchers found in a study of nearly 3,900 males aged 6 to 16. But boys who have become obese appear to go through puberty slower than boys who weigh less, according to study results published Jan. 27 in the journal Pediatrics. "We found something we didn't expect, which is obese boys go later but overweight boys seem to go earlier," said study author Dr. Joyce Lee, an associate professor of pediatrics and public health at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. "You would expect a linear relationship between weight and the timing of puberty, but we found that isn't the case." The female hormone estrogen is a suspected cause for these shifts in the ... Read more

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Bodily Changes Don't Always Signal 'Precocious' Puberty in Kids

Posted 14 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 – Children who develop certain signs of puberty at an early age are commonly referred to specialists for an evaluation. But most of the time it's nothing to worry about, says a new report from a leading group of U.S. pediatricians. It's not uncommon for young children to show certain traits associated with puberty, including some pubic hair, underarm hair and the beginnings of breast development, said Dr. Paul Kaplowitz, who led the American Academy of Pediatrics report. He said early signs of sexual maturation are one of the most common reasons that children are referred to pediatric endocrinologists – specialists in treating hormone-related disorders. But the vast majority of those kids do not have so-called "precocious puberty," said Kaplowitz, an endocrinologist at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. In general, precocious puberty is ... Read more

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