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Majority of U.S. Parents Would Support Teen Switching Gender: Survey

Posted 21 Aug 2017 by

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 – More than half of U.S. adults surveyed would be supportive if they had a teenage child who wanted to transition to the opposite gender, a new online survey finds. Women, college graduates and Northeast residents were slightly more likely than others to support kids who made this choice, according to the Harris Poll survey. It was commissioned by the American Osteopathic Association. "Trans children are living in a body that doesn't match how they view themselves," said Dr. Laura Arrowsmith, a transgender specialist in Oklahoma City, Okla. "To address the 'dysphoria', some may wish to transition socially or to medically transition through gender-confirmation surgery and/or hormone treatment," she said in an association news release. More than 2,100 adults participated in the online survey, conducted in June. Fifty-three percent of the respondents said they would ... Read more

Related support groups: Menstrual Disorders, Precocious Puberty, Gender Dysphoria

Arbor Pharmaceuticals, LLC Announces FDA Approval for Triptodur (triptorelin)

Posted 2 Jul 2017 by

Atlanta, GA and Lausanne, Switzerland – June 30, 2017 – Arbor Pharmaceuticals, LLC, a U.S.-based specialty pharmaceutical company, and Debiopharm International SA, part of Debiopharm Group™, a Swiss-based global biopharmaceutical company, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Triptodur for the treatment of pediatric patients 2 years and older with central precocious puberty (CPP). CPP occurs when a child shows signs of puberty sooner than normal - before age 8 in girls and 9 nine in boys. “We are excited to be bringing Triptodur™, a new treatment option for children impacted by the disruptive effects of CPP, to the U.S. market,” said Ed Schutter, President and CEO of Arbor. “Triptodur adds to our growing portfolio of approved medications that may help to improve the lives of our patients.” Triptodur, a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonis ... Read more

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Is Early Puberty in Girls a Risk Factor for Dating Abuse?

Posted 8 May 2017 by

MONDAY, May 8, 2017 – Girls who go through puberty earlier than their peers may be more vulnerable to abuse from a boyfriend, new research suggests. These girls were more likely to say a boyfriend had verbally or physically abused them: 32 percent did, versus 28 percent of their peers who went through puberty "on time." It's a small difference, said senior researcher Sara Jaffee, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Clearly, Jaffee pointed out, not all girls who mature early experience dating abuse – and girls who mature later are not immune from it. It's actually striking that dating abuse was common across the board, she said. But the findings do suggest that girls who mature early can be more vulnerable, especially if many of their friends are boys. In this study, the correlation between early maturity and dating violence was stronger when ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Emergency Contraception, Postcoital Contraception, Precocious Puberty

DNA Identified That Dictate Puberty's Onset

Posted 26 Apr 2017 by

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 – Hundreds of new genes tied to the start of puberty have been identified. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 369,000 women and pinpointed 389 genetic signals linked to the timing of puberty. That's four times the number that had been known. The study also found new genetic evidence linking earlier puberty to increased risk in later life for several cancers that are sensitive to sex hormones. Those include breast, ovary and endometrial cancers in women, and prostate cancer in men. "Previous studies suggested that the timing of puberty in childhood was associated with risks of disease decades later, but until now it was unclear if those were circumstantial observations, for example, secondary to other factors such as body weight," said study senior author John Perry. He is a senior investigator scientist in the epidemiology unit at the University of Cambridge ... Read more

Related support groups: Precocious Puberty, Delayed Puberty - Male, Prepubertal Cryptorchidism

Sexual Abuse May Cause Early Puberty in Girls: Study

Posted 31 Mar 2017 by

FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 – It's common for parents to worry that their kids are growing up too fast. But in certain cases, early puberty in girls may be linked to sexual abuse, a small study suggests. Pennsylvania State University researchers examined data from 84 girls with a history of sexual abuse and 89 girls with no history of abuse. Those who were abused entered puberty eight to 12 months earlier than those who weren't abused, the investigators found. "Though a year's difference may seem trivial in the grand scheme of a life, this accelerated maturation has been linked to concerning consequences, including behavioral and mental health problems, and reproductive cancers," said study author Jennie Noll. She is director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State. Typically, children's physical and mental development occur in tandem. "High-stress situations, such as ... Read more

Related support groups: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Precocious Puberty, Sexual Deviations or Disorders

Have Scientists Found 'Virginity Genes'?

Posted 18 Apr 2016 by

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

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Emergency Contraception, Postcoital Contraception, Delayed Puberty - Male, Precocious Puberty

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

Posted 27 Jan 2016 by

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

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Delayed Puberty - Male, Precocious Puberty, Prepubertal Cryptorchidism, Pubertal Gynecomastia

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

Posted 14 Dec 2015 by

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

Related support groups: Precocious Puberty, Delayed Puberty - Male, Prepubertal Cryptorchidism, Pubertal Gynecomastia

Early Puberty in Girls Might Be Linked to Bad Behavior

Posted 9 Dec 2013 by

MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 – Girls who hit puberty early might be more likely than their peers to get into fights or skip school, a new study suggests. Researchers found that girls who started their menstrual periods early – before age 11 – were more likely to admit to a "delinquent act." Those acts included getting into fights at school, skipping classes and running away from home. Early bloomers also seemed more susceptible to the negative influence of friends who behaved badly, the researchers said in the Dec. 9 online issue of the journal Pediatrics. This study is not the first to find a connection between early puberty and delinquency, but none of the findings can prove that early maturation is definitely to blame. "There could also be other reasons, such as family structure and socioeconomic status, that may drive both early puberty and problem behaviors," said lead researcher Sylvie ... Read more

Related support groups: Precocious Puberty

Scientists ID Gene Behind Early Onset Puberty

Posted 5 Jun 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, June 5 – Scientists say they've identified a gene mutation behind a condition that causes children to undergo puberty before the age of 9. The condition, known as central precocious puberty, appears to be inherited via a gene passed along by fathers, say researchers reporting online June 5 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Besides helping children with central precocious puberty, "these findings will open the door for a new understanding of what controls the timing of puberty" generally, co-senior study author Dr. Ursula Kaiser, chief of the endocrinology, diabetes and hypertension division at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said in a hospital news release. According to the authors, the mutation leads to the start of puberty before age 8 in girls and before age 9 in boys. That's earlier than the typical onset of puberty, which begins in girls between ages 8 and ... Read more

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Abbott Labs Says FDA Approves Longer-Acting Lupron

Posted 17 Aug 2011 by

From Associated Press (August 16, 2011) NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. – Abbott Laboratories said Tuesday the Food and Drug Administration approved two longer-acting doses of its drug Lupron as a treatment for premature puberty. Abbott said the FDA approved two doses of Lupron that last for three months each, allowing patients to be injected with the drug four times a year instead of once every month. The agency approved the new doses as a treatment for central precocious puberty, a condition that causes children to enter puberty too soon. It causes the development of secondary sex characteristics, and can also lead to reduced adult height. Central precocious puberty is defined as puberty that starts before age 8 in girls and before age 9 in boys. Abbott said the condition is diagnosed in one out of every 5,000 to 10,000 children. It said Lupron can suppress hormones, delaying puberty to a more ... Read more

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