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Don’t Blame Adolescent Social Behavior on Hormones

Reproductive hormones that develop during puberty are not responsible for changes in social behavior that occur during adolescence, according to the results of a newly published study by a University at Buffalo researcher. "Changes in social behavior during adolescence appear to be independent of pubertal hormones. They are not triggered by puberty, so we can't [...]

Early Puberty In Girls Raises The Risk Of Depression

Pexel Images When girls come in for their physical exams, one of the questions I routinely ask is “Do you get your period?” I try to ask before I expect the answer to be yes, so that if a girl doesn’t seem to know about the changes of puberty that lie ahead, I [...]

Child Sexual Abuse By Children Demands More Clinics, NSW Health Worker Says

Dale Tolliday, a clinical advisor to the public service New Street, wants more clinics to stop children sexually abusing children. Photo: James Brickwood It is not a problem that comes up in dinner party conversation. Authorities do not properly track it. Parents often dismiss it as "doctors and nurses" games. But the statistics [...]

“My Daughter Is Fat, Isn’t It My Job To Tell Her?”

"It's not surprising parents think the worst thing that could happen to their child is to grow up fat. It's not. It's far more damaging for a child to grow up feeling ashamed and unloved." Photo: Stocksy "My daughter is fat, isn't it my job to tell her?" a well-meaning father wrote to [...]

The Search for Human Pheromones

Pheromones are chemical signals that help animals to communicate. Members of the same species respond to each other's pheromone releases by changing a behaviour or undergoing a physiological change. For example male house mice pheromones trigger aggression in other males and speed up puberty in young female mice. Though pheromones have been discovered across the [...]

Why Are Girls Starting Puberty Younger

Puberty announces itself to girls with growing breasts and their first period. This process, fuelled by significant hormonal changes, is hard on girls no matter how mentally mature they may appear. In 1901, the median age for girls going through puberty was approximately 14 years and there was little difference among ethnicities. But things have changed. As [...]

From preschool to puberty by 7 years old

25% of African American girls reach puberty by 7 years old 15% of Hispanic American girls reach puberty by 7 years old 10% of white American girls reach puberty by 7 years old A new American study published in the journal Pediatrics has found that girls are growing breasts and reaching puberty as early as [...]

Girls hitting puberty earlier, becoming more aggressive

An Australian study has found that girls are hitting puberty earlier. The study also found evidence to suggest that girls are just as aggressive as boys while in puberty. The study attributed the decrease in the age of onset of puberty to an increase in obesity in young women, which also resulted in the girls [...]

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