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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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