The timing of puberty can influence a child's bone strength throughout adolescence and into early adulthood.
Close to 4 million teenage girls are subjected to breast ironing worldwide. This harmful cultural practice, which is most prevalent in West and Central Africa, needs to stop.
What we thought we knew about male development since the 1950s has now been turned on its head.
The Conversation has access to top academic experts, and we want them to use their knowledge to answer questions from teenagers.
More and more girls are starting puberty early – but it's a mistake to see this reality as a crisis.
A new book on puberty has explored why we find it so difficult to talk about puberty, and why we need to start talking about it earlier.
Shape-shifting bodies. Cracking voices. Hairs sprouting in new places. Why do some children enter puberty early?
Girls who have their first period at a young age are more likely to experience poorer health as a adult, including an elevated risk of diabetes during pregnancy.
In developing countries, many girls feel unprepared when they go through puberty. And research indicates that low-income girls in the US may feel the same way.
Until now, the processes that lead some girls to start developing before others have been poorly understood.