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Like Girls, Boys Are Entering Puberty Earlier

Boys are entering puberty six months to two years earlier than they did in past studies. Caucasian boys tend to begin puberty, on average, at around 10 years old while African American boys tend to begin puberty at 9.
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Virginia Gets High Marks For Public Health Preparedness

A new report by two health advocacy groups ranks Virginia as high compared to the rest of the country in being prepared for public health emergencies.

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Virginia Mental Health Programs In Need Of Funding

Experts in Virginia say more funding is needed for programs focusing on children's mental health issues.
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Five Diagnosed With Hepatitis C In Maryland

Five more people in Maryland have been diagnosed with the same strain of Hepatitis C.


Online Education Didn't Boost Colon Cancer Screening Much

There is a strong consensus in favor of colon cancer screening. Educational efforts have fallen short when it comes to meeting public health goals. Why don't more people get tested?

Dismissed Case Raises Questions On Shaken Baby Diagnosis

Kristian Aspelin had one thing in his favor: enough money to pay for medical experts. The experts were able to convince prosecutors that his infant son's death was an accident.

Killer's DNA Won't Explain His Crime

Sandy Hook and other mass killings have left people wondering how someone could engage in such behavior. Scientists say that genes can indeed predispose a person to mental illness or violence. But genetic variants alone can't explain why someone commits mass murder.

Stem Cells Treat Lou Gehrig's Disease, In Mice

Reporting in Science Translational Medicine, researchers write that neural stem cell implants were able to slow the onset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, in mice. Study author Evan Snyder discusses the stem cells' protective effect, and why human trials may not be far behind.