Beyond the Headlines

Show topic: Puberty

August 18, 2013
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings

In this week's episode of "Beyond the Headlines," we focus on puberty and the physical changes young girls and boys go through, as well as the issues faced by transgender children. We discuss what happens to the body as it changes, the emotions adolescents face and how to talk to kids about puberty.

Research shows that more girls are entering puberty earlier in life, even as early as seven years old and that there may be a connection to breast cancer later in life. We'll hear from experts in psychiatry and endocrinology on these alarming statistics, as well as a teenager who has created a program to ease the woes of young adolescents facing puberty. Additionally, we will learn about an important on-going investigative study on early puberty and the participants involved.

Studio Guests

Louise Greenspan, MD
Pediatric Endocrinologist, Kaiser Permanente of San Francisco

Alexandra Anderson
Community Outreach and Education Coordinator, Zero Breast Cancer

Rachel Siskin-Lavine
Cygnet Study Participants

Maya Siskin-Lavine
Cygnet Study Participants

Petra Steinbuchel, MD
Psychiatrist, Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland

Additional Information:
The Cygnet Study

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