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Are Boys Going Through Puberty Earlier?

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Will your son experience puberty six months to two years earlier than you expected? The newest research says yes.
Air Date: 11/14/12
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Marcia E. Herman-Giddens, MD
hermangiddensDr. Marcia E. Herman-Giddens, an adjunct professor in the School of Public
Health, Department of Maternal and Child Health at the University of North
Carolina, has conducted research on the growth and development of children,
puberty, media influences on child health, child sexual abuse, and child
fatalities. Her studies on the age of onset of puberty in girls and boys in
the US is of great current interest.

    Are Boys Going Through Puberty Earlier?
    A study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has documented that boys in the U.S. are experiencing the onset of puberty six months to two years earlier than reported in previous research. 

    The trend toward earlier onset of puberty in girls is now generally accepted and supported by extensive research.

    Until now, little research was available on the age of onset of puberty in boys in contemporary times.
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