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September 2, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
For something as monumental as puberty -- the period of rapid physical growth that transforms a child's body into an adult's -- not much is known about the intricacies of pubertal development and how it affects kids' behavior. A new study, however, suggests that behavior and mood problems can be predicted by how early or late puberty starts and how fast or slow it progresses. Puberty, say the authors of the study, is not a steady, linear process. Its trajectory can vary significantly from person to person.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
EXCLUSIVE: “Late Bloomer” is one of those conceits for a movie you wish you'd thought of yourself: a man in his late 20s who's never gone through puberty, then experiences it all in one head-spinning rush after a corrective surgery. The best part is it's true. Based on Ken Baker's memoir “Man Made,” “Late Bloomer” tells of an adult who seems to experience no sexual or hormonal feelings. He is flummoxed by his lack of desire, then discovers he has a tumor on his pituitary gland.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
EXCLUSIVE: “Late Bloomer” is one of those conceits for a movie you wish you'd thought of yourself: a man in his late 20s who's never gone through puberty, then experiences it all in one head-spinning rush after a corrective surgery. The best part is it's true. Based on Ken Baker's memoir “Man Made,” “Late Bloomer” tells of an adult who seems to experience no sexual or hormonal feelings. He is flummoxed by his lack of desire, then discovers he has a tumor on his pituitary gland.
NEWS
March 5, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Wondering where your teen's mind is? A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests adolescents may be quite busy adding brain cells during puberty, and it might just have to do with sex. "In school we were always taught the cells you're born with are pretty much all you get," said Margaret Mohr, a doctoral candidate in neuroscience at Michigan State University and one of the study's authors. "We're finding that's not true at all. " Adults can add neurons in the hippocampus, an area associated with learning and memory.
NEWS
September 17, 2010
Girls are starting puberty earlier, studies show, and some researchers speculate that rising obesity rates might be a factor. A new study finds there may be a link between early puberty and girls living in higher-income households without a biological father. The study, published this week in the Journal of Adolescent Health , looked at data on 444 ethnically diverse girls age 6 to 8, 80 of whom had no biological father living at home at the time of the study. Researchers noted the girls' onset of puberty (breast and pubic hair development)
NATIONAL
March 5, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Childhood obesity in the United States appears to be causing girls to reach puberty at an earlier age, for reasons that are not clear, according to a study released today. The report from the University of Michigan's Mott Children's Hospital said a multiyear study following a group of 354 girls found that those who were fatter at age 3 and who gained weight during the next three years reached puberty by 9.
SCIENCE
October 23, 2003 | Rosie Mestel, Times Staff Writer
Scientists have discovered a gene that is crucial for the onset of puberty, a human developmental process that has long been swathed in mystery. The finding, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, should deepen scientists' and doctors' understanding of the chemical triggers that cause the body to sexually mature and also shed light on the reasons for puberty arriving abnormally early or late.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1985 | JENIFER WARREN, Times Staff Writer
Growing up in Burbank, Greg Evans was your typical Richie Cunningham-type teen-ager, struggling, like his peers, with pimples, girls, grades and siblings. But, unlike many adults who bury memories of that complicated, awkward age called adolescence, Evans, 38, is exploiting his teen-age years as fodder for Luann, a comic strip that made its debut in March and today is carried by 120 newspapers and in nearly all of the nation's major media markets.
WORLD
February 14, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Being a "living virgin goddess" isn't all it's cracked up to be. Imagine the bruising you get when you tumble back to earth. It's been two decades since Rashmila Shakya, a 33-year-old with the sweet smile and gentle voice, reached puberty and "retired" as a royal kumari , as the young Nepalese goddesses are known. Sitting in her modest bedroom next to an oversized Mickey Mouse doll, she describes being selected when she was 4, after a kumari caretaker ensured she had an auspicious horoscope and bore no physical defects in line with "32 perfections" ?
NEWS
March 5, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Wondering where your teen's mind is? A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests adolescents may be quite busy adding brain cells during puberty, and it might just have to do with sex. "In school we were always taught the cells you're born with are pretty much all you get," said Margaret Mohr, a doctoral candidate in neuroscience at Michigan State University and one of the study's authors. "We're finding that's not true at all. " Adults can add neurons in the hippocampus, an area associated with learning and memory.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Since the 1970s, the books of Judy Blume have prepared generations of girls for the emotional and biological hurdles on the way to womanhood: The sting of first love, those mysterious undergarments and the harsh reality that not even divine intervention can save you from puberty. In honor of Blume's legacy, the Cavern Club Theater in Silver Lake hosts "Are You There God? It's Me, Karen Carpenter," a musical parody that mashes up memorable moments from Blume's coming-of-age classic "Are You There God?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Amber, a soft-spoken, feminine 12-year-old who loves Hello Kitty and fashion design, lives with a secret. It is a secret most sixth-graders can't fathom, one she hides behind pink skirts and makeup. It is a secret that led to all her baby pictures being tucked away as though her childhood had never happened. Amber was born a boy. When she was 10, she stopped going by her given name, Aaron, and began dressing as a girl. Last year, she started taking medication to keep her from going through puberty.
NEWS
September 2, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
For something as monumental as puberty -- the period of rapid physical growth that transforms a child's body into an adult's -- not much is known about the intricacies of pubertal development and how it affects kids' behavior. A new study, however, suggests that behavior and mood problems can be predicted by how early or late puberty starts and how fast or slow it progresses. Puberty, say the authors of the study, is not a steady, linear process. Its trajectory can vary significantly from person to person.
WORLD
February 14, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Being a "living virgin goddess" isn't all it's cracked up to be. Imagine the bruising you get when you tumble back to earth. It's been two decades since Rashmila Shakya, a 33-year-old with the sweet smile and gentle voice, reached puberty and "retired" as a royal kumari , as the young Nepalese goddesses are known. Sitting in her modest bedroom next to an oversized Mickey Mouse doll, she describes being selected when she was 4, after a kumari caretaker ensured she had an auspicious horoscope and bore no physical defects in line with "32 perfections" ?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
It's been three years since Greg Heffley self-consciously entered middle school in "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," with misguided attempts to fit in among the "gorillas who need to shave twice a day" and the girls who didn't even know he existed. Four books, 37 million copies and one hit movie later, Greg is back and as desperate as ever in "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth," the latest in Jeff Kinney's comedic series that can be found in the bedrooms of most third-grade boys. "The Ugly Truth" picks up on the theme that kicked off the series in 2007: Greg's ex-friendship with the portly, innocent Rowley.
NEWS
September 17, 2010
Girls are starting puberty earlier, studies show, and some researchers speculate that rising obesity rates might be a factor. A new study finds there may be a link between early puberty and girls living in higher-income households without a biological father. The study, published this week in the Journal of Adolescent Health , looked at data on 444 ethnically diverse girls age 6 to 8, 80 of whom had no biological father living at home at the time of the study. Researchers noted the girls' onset of puberty (breast and pubic hair development)
HEALTH
June 16, 2003 | Dianne Partie Lange
Girls whose transition into puberty is initially marked by breast development are heavier, have more body fat and begin menstruating at an earlier age than those whose first sign of puberty is pubic hair, a 10-year study has found. Since both obesity and early menarche increase the risk factors for breast cancer, such girls may have a higher cancer risk later in life. Researchers at the Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati studied 859 girls.
NEWS
May 22, 1986
Young girls who diet and exercise so much that they delay puberty apparently are prone to curvature of the spine and bone brittleness leading to fractures, researchers said in a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The new study involving ballet dancers found that pre-pubescent girls who exercised and dieted to maintain the classic ballerina's figure often began menstruating late and were likely to develop scoliosis and broken bones.
NEWS
September 1, 2010
A girl's march toward early puberty may begin in the arms of her first caregiver, a new study suggests. Against the backdrop of growing evidence that American girls are beginning pubertal changes at an ever-earlier age, a controversial researcher has found evidence that babies who fail to make a powerful early connection to their first caregiver are more likely to enter puberty early. In a study published this week in Psychological Science , an international team of psychologists set out to explore how circumstances of early childhood, in combination with evolutionary pressures, may help explain findings that many girls in the United States are beginning  the process of sexual maturation as young as 7 years old. They surmised that when parent-and-child bonds are not firmly forged in infancy -- a phenomenon called "insecure attachment" -- evolutionary pressures could push a girl to mature early, readying her for an earlier departure from the nest.
WORLD
August 17, 2010 | By Lily Kuo, Los Angeles Times
In an attempt to head off a mounting public relations crisis, the Chinese government said locally made milk formula is not what caused early puberty in baby girls as young as 4 months. China's Ministry of Health said Sunday that there was no link between the infant formula made by the Qingdao-based company Synutra International and reports by families using the product that their infant daughters had grown breasts. After testing 73 samples of formula from Synutra and other international and domestic brands, the ministry concluded that the milk powder displayed normal levels of the hormones that might have caused the early development.
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