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By Liz Atwood and For The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2012
We have a joke in my house that whenever the boys are out of sorts, we attribute it to puberty. It turns out, this might not be so funny. New research shows that boys, like girls, are reaching puberty earlier - as young as 9 in some cases. A study released this month by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that boys are starting puberty nearly two years earlier than boys did a generation ago. The study analyzed reports from more than 200 doctors in 41 states who examined more than 4,000 boys during wellness checkups.
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By Liz Atwood and For The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2012
We have a joke in my house that whenever the boys are out of sorts, we attribute it to puberty. It turns out, this might not be so funny. New research shows that boys, like girls, are reaching puberty earlier - as young as 9 in some cases. A study released this month by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that boys are starting puberty nearly two years earlier than boys did a generation ago. The study analyzed reports from more than 200 doctors in 41 states who examined more than 4,000 boys during wellness checkups.
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By Dr. Modena Wilson and Dr. Alain Joffe | April 21, 1992
Q: My 14-year-old daughter is not showing any signs of going into puberty. I think it's because she's tall and thin. Are there certain foods she should eat to help her gain weight?A: You've probably noticed that there is considerable variation in physical development among your daughter's friends. Some enter puberty as early as 9 or 10 while others may just be starting at 13. In general, most experts believe a teen-age girl should display visible signs of puberty by age 14.It may be that your daughter's body shape accounts for her lack of development.
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By Abigail Tucker and Abigail Tucker,Sun Reporter | December 9, 2007
The day Brian Oakey's voice broke, so did his heart. The 12-year-old was in the midst of a recital; his solo was Mozart's Laudate Dominum. During the long instrumental opening, he breathed deeply, then braced himself to unleash that first soaring soprano note. "Instead, all I heard was ahhhhhhrgh" - a rasping sound, as though he were gargling air. "It was like two pieces of sandpaper rubbing together." Somehow he choked his way through the rest of the song, but his child's voice - which had made old ladies gasp, and won him star status in the Maryland State Boychoir - never fully came back to him. Brian, who lives in Roland Park, spent much of the next several months sobbing on other choristers' shoulders, oblivious to his mother's promise that one day he might develop into a strong tenor.
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By NEWSDAY | January 3, 1997
A recently discovered "fatness" hormone that regulates body weight might also trigger the onset of puberty in females, scientists said yesterday.Based on experiments in young female mice, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that giving extra doses of the hormone leptin caused the animals' reproductive organs to develop sooner than usual."
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By Dr. Modena Wilson and Dr. Alain Joffe and Dr. Modena Wilson and Dr. Alain Joffe,Contributing Writers | February 2, 1993
Q: It's really getting embarrassing for me to take a shower at school. Although I'll be 13 next month, I haven't started to develop physically and a lot of guys tease me.My doctor says I'm OK -- just slow to get started. Is there anything wrong?A: We understand your concern about your physical maturation. Many young people worry when their own development doesn't match that of their friends. One of the mysteries of life is why puberty (the change from a child's body to an adult's) doesn't happen at the same time for everyone.
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By Dr. Modena Wilson and Dr. Alain Joffe | July 2, 1991
Q: Should a 9-year-old boy have acne on his face? It strikes me as early. He seems normal in every other way.A. Typically, acne begins during adolescence, and its appearance is felt, at least in part, to be related to the rapid hormonal changes that occur as a part of this process. Occasionally, mild acne can be seen in the immediate preadolescent years. Since normal boys in the United States can begin puberty as early as 9 or 10, the onset of acne in your son is likely a sign puberty is not far behind.
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By Beverly Mills | October 29, 1995
My son has just turned 10 years old, and he has become so selfish in the past six months. We have always taught our children to think of others and not just themselves. He's a good boy, but this is breaking my heart. Any suggestions?-- K. Hensley, Phoenix, Ariz.Prepare for puberty. Behavior you probably thought was a couple of years away has already started, and parents and experts say it's all part of growing up.Researchers find that the average age when girls begin menstruation has been dropping steadily at a rate of 3 1/2 months per decade.
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By McClatchy-Tribune | September 16, 2007
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- American girls are entering puberty at earlier ages, putting them at far greater risk for breast cancer later in life and for all sorts of social and emotional problems well before they reach adulthood. Girls as young as 8 increasingly are starting to menstruate, develop breasts and grow pubic and underarm hair - biological milestones that only decades ago typically occurred at 13 or older. African-American girls are especially prone to early puberty. Theories abound as to what is driving the trend, but the exact cause or causes are not known.
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By Andrew Lam | April 11, 1996
SAN FRANCISCO -- When I was six or seven, my mother's aunt gave me a broth made of tiger bone. She promised it would cure my asthma and turn me into a robust child. My mother, a great believer in ancient remedies, readily consented.''You are lucky,'' Great Aunt told me, as she poured the steaming black broth into a bowl. ''With all the bombings, there aren't that many tigers left in our country. You, boy, might be drinking the bones of the last one.'' Our country was Vietnam.I watched the soup billowing smoke in front of me, and felt as if I was about to swallow poison.
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By McClatchy-Tribune | September 16, 2007
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- American girls are entering puberty at earlier ages, putting them at far greater risk for breast cancer later in life and for all sorts of social and emotional problems well before they reach adulthood. Girls as young as 8 increasingly are starting to menstruate, develop breasts and grow pubic and underarm hair - biological milestones that only decades ago typically occurred at 13 or older. African-American girls are especially prone to early puberty. Theories abound as to what is driving the trend, but the exact cause or causes are not known.
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By RONALD KOTULAK and RONALD KOTULAK,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | May 19, 2006
Scientists are still a long way from figuring out what women and men really want, but they are getting a lot closer to understanding what makes their brains so different. That women and men think differently has little to do with whether they are handed dolls or trucks to play with as infants. After all, when infant monkeys are given a choice of human toys, females prefer dolls and males go after cars and trucks. The differences, researchers are beginning to discover, may have a lot more to do with how powerful hormones wire the female and male brain during early development and later in life.
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By TODD KARPOVICH and TODD KARPOVICH,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 16, 2005
From the beginning, Perry Hall soccer player Katie Emminger said she didn't know anything was wrong. Despite the weight loss, skipped meals and lower stamina, it never occurred to her that she was suffering from an eating disorder. Her grandmother died in January 2004, only months after her aunt died. And her parents were going through a separation that spring. With so much turmoil surrounding her, Emminger thought the gloomy feelings she was having were natural. "All of that happened at once, so it was tough to deal with," Emminger said.
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By Kathleen Megan and Kathleen Megan,THE HARTFORD COURANT | May 15, 2005
Kevin Hughes and his mother, Terry, have always been close. As a boy, he loved to sit and chat with his mother and her girlfriends when they came over for coffee. When he was teased by other kids, his mother was there for him, shoring him up, complaining to school officials. When it appeared that sports would not be his thing, she got him involved in what became his love: theater. Today, though he's in New York City and she's in a Detroit suburb, they get together whenever they can. "We shop together; we dine together; we talk about boys and sex together," said Hughes, who is gay. "My mother has said on a number of occasions that it's like having the perfect son and the perfect daughter all wrapped up into one person -- not only a son, but a daughter."
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By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,SUN STAFF | October 26, 2003
When Muzaffar Shaikh celebrated his first Ramadan in America two decades ago, it was a test of faith. Ramadan is the holy month when Muslims fast from dawn until sundown every day. Shaikh, who had arrived from Pakistan, studied most of the day, then worked a nine-hour shift managing a Manhattan candy store. Despite his hunger pangs, he said, he never ate the Milky Ways or Almond Joy bars an arm's length away. It was a very tough time, recalled Shaikh, 42, who works as a technology consultant in Windsor Mill.
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By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,SUN STAFF | October 26, 2003
When Muzaffar Shaikh celebrated his first Ramadan in America two decades ago, it was a test of faith. Ramadan is the holy month when Muslims fast from dawn until sundown every day. Shaikh, who had arrived from Pakistan, studied most of the day, then worked a nine-hour shift managing a Manhattan candy store. Despite his hunger pangs, he said, he never ate the Milky Ways or Almond Joy bars an arm's length away. "It was a very tough time," recalled Shaikh, 42, who works as a technology consultant in Windsor Mill.
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By Dr. Modena Wilson and Dr. Alain Joffe | December 24, 1991
Q: When should adolescent girls begin breast self-examination?A: The major purpose of breast self-examination is to identify changes or new lumps in the breast that could signal the onset of breast cancer. Presumably, monthly exams on a regular basis will identify cancers at their earliest stage when they are most treatable.However, the chances of a teen-age girl getting breast cancer are extremely low, so there is no exact age at which a young woman must start. Rather, we advocate teaching young women to examine their breast for four reasons.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | November 15, 1993
The Rev. Scott Talley began with humor, then switched to the serious stuff.The author of "Talking to Your Kids About the Birds and the Bees" related the story of a 10-year-old boy who watched a sex education film and worried about the onset of puberty."
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | January 11, 2002
These days, the scenario of a neglected wife having an affair with the son of her husband's law partner would be too tame for a TV talk show. In the 1967 movie version of The Graduate, the wife, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), is treated as a monster, although she is by far the most complex and sensual character. The running joke in the movie is that Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) wants to talk and have what future cosmopolites would call a "relationship," while Mrs. Robinson wants sex. But Bancroft at least shows that Mrs. Robinson likes the sex: Rubbing her hands over her lover's chest, she expresses the pleasure this woman takes in being close to a strong young body.
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