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PUBERTY, civil law. The age in boys after fourteen years until full age, and in girls after twelve years until full age. Ayl. Pand. 63; Hall's Pract. 14; Toull. Dr. Civ. Fr. tom. 6, p. 100; Inst. 1, 22; Dig. 1, 7, 40, 1; Code, 5, 60, 3.

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Screen for depression and antisocial behavior in girls with early puberty, and refer to developmentally appropriate community and mental health resources for additional support if necessary.
The cause of early puberty is generally not known, said Dr Ellen Selkie, an adolescent medicine specialist with the University of Michigan and author of an editorial accompanying the study.
A one-page questionnaire was developed, inquiring about the most important, second most important, and the preferred sources of information about puberty, sexual and reproductive systems, and on how pregnancy occurs.
Researchers at the Bernstein Center, and Humboldt University, Berlin, led by Constanze Lenschow and Michael Brecht, reported that sexual touch might have a bigger influence on puberty than previously thought.
In animal, puberty is defined as age at first estrus when an animal will stand for breeding.
Those who experience early puberty can have health problems later in life including emotional and behavioral problems as well as increased risk of obesity and heart disease.
Styne reviewed the Tanner stages of puberty for girls' breast and pubic hair development and boys' genital and pubic hair development, noting that the classic lower ages of pubertal onset are age 8 years in girls and 9 years in boys.
The study also found that teenagers exercise less during puberty, adding to the calorie excess that underlies obesity.
Blood samples were collected from the superior vena cava on the day prior to the feeding trial, and on day 8, day 20 (prepubescent) after feeding, and the day of puberty onset.
BUT although it's teens who need advice, it may be parents themselves who need the initial help to discover how best to initiate and then have a successful chat about puberty.
Research shows 68 per cent of parents are unsure how to start the puberty conversation and a quarter avoid the talk completely, leading to more than half of teenagers (53 per cent) getting information and advice from pals and the internet, and six per cent preferring text or WhatsApp.
Puberty From Bench to Clinic: Lessons for Clinical Management of Pubertal Disorders