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For more children, puberty starting at younger age




University of Miami pediatrician Judith L. Schaechter, M.D. (L) gives an HPV vaccination to a 13-year-old girl in her office at the Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida.
University of Miami pediatrician Judith L. Schaechter, M.D. (L) gives an HPV vaccination to a 13-year-old girl in her office at the Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida.
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Going through puberty can often be a frustrating and confusing thing for many adolescents, and researchers are finding that the process is beginning earlier for many girls, sometimes as young as 7 years old.

It’s often difficult to determine the underlying cause of what medical practitioners are calling “precocious puberty,” but there are many health consequences, including the risk of developing depression at a younger age for girls.

Guest:

Louise Greenspan, M.D., pediatric endocrinologist at Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco and co-author of the book, "The New Puberty: How to Navigate Early Development in Today's Girls" (Rodale Books, 2014)