19815 Bay Branch Rd
Andalusia, Alabama 36420
(334) 222-2523
HELPLINE: 1-877-530-0002



Facebook    

 

SCAMHC is an approved Mental Health site for the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment program.  Find out the program details and see if you qualify by visiting: http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/

SCAMHC is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer and maintains a Drug-Free Workplace

 

 

 

 


powered by centersite dot net
Child & Adolescent Development: Overview
Resources
Basic InformationMore InformationLatest News
Parents, Here's How to Protect Your Child During Measles OutbreaksMore Than 600,000 Opioid Abusers Raising Kids in U.S.2 of 3 Parents Read Texts While DrivingFear of Dentist May Start Early for Minority Kids -- With Good ReasonMilitary Tourniquets Might Save Kids' Lives During School ShootingsE-Cigarettes Used in 5% of U.S. Homes With KidsMany Kids With Chronic Illness Are Still Happy: StudyDiet Sodas May Not Help Kids Cut CaloriesAsthma Inhalers Incorrectly Used by Most Kids in StudyNewer Diabetes Drug Shows Promise in Kids, TeensBenlysta Approved for Children With LupusParents, Protect Your Kids as Measles Outbreaks SpreadHow Much Does Your Kid Weigh? Chances Are, You're UnderestimatingFor Kids, Obesity and Mental Health Woes Often Go Hand-in-HandWhy Kids Should Play More Than One SportBetter Food Assistance Programs Might Lower Childhood Obesity RatesMany U.S. Kids Don't Drink Enough Water, and Obesity May Be the ResultStrict Blood Pressure Limits for Kids Tied to Heart Health LaterAlmost Half of Young Asthma Patients Misuse InhalersCan Games and Apps Help Your Kids Learn?Kids Can Get UTIs, TooInactive Lifestyle Begins as Early as Age 7: StudyWhy the HPV Vaccine Is More Important Than EverMore Time Spent in Sports, Faster Healing From ConcussionHow to Cut Your Kids' Sugar IntakeLiving Near Major Roads Can Slow Kids' Development: StudySuicidal Behavior Nearly Doubles Among U.S. KidsTeaching Kids the Importance of an ApologyAHA News: Kids With High Blood Pressure Need Smooth Transition to Adult CarePot During Pregnancy May Raise Child's Psychosis RiskMost Parents Want Age Limits on Football TacklingKids Who Specialize in One Sport Too Early Are Likely to Get Hurt: StudyHealth Tip: Responsibilities of Non-VaccinationThe 1-Parent Family and Kids' Health RisksPesticides Tied to Autism Risk in KidsStrengthening Family Ties Through Online GamingReworked Nasal Flu Vaccine Looks Good for Kids, Pediatricians' Group SaysMore U.S. Teens, Kids Seeking Mental Health Care in ERsAHA News: Overweight Kids at Higher Risk for Blood Clots as AdultsHow to Protect Your Kids From DrowningFewer Boys Are Suffering Head Injuries, But Rate Rises for GirlsWhen Can Kids Return to Play After a Concussion?One-Third of U.S. Kids Have Back Pain, Study SaysMany Parents Think Vaping Around Kids Is FineTime Change Tougher for Kids With Mental Health IssuesLargest Study Ever Finds No Link Between Measles Vaccine, AutismSocial Media 'Influencers' Can Get Kids Eating Junk FoodCalifornia Parents Are Getting Around Vaccine Law, Fueling Measles OutbreaksAlmost Half of Global Cases of Childhood Cancer Go UndiagnosedOne Plus of Texting, Social Media: Divorce Made Easier on Kids
Questions and AnswersVideosLinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Childhood Mental Disorders and Illnesses
Parenting

Skeletons Mature Earlier Now, Affecting Orthopedic Treatments

HealthDay News
by -- Robert Preidt
Updated: Jan 8th 2019

new article illustration

TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say children's skeletons are maturing sooner than they did early in the 20th century, and this could affect the timing of certain orthopedic treatments.

Girls are reaching full skeletal maturity nearly 10 months earlier and boys nearly seven months earlier, according to the University of Missouri School of Medicine researchers.

"Our findings show there is a 'new normal' for timing when kids' skeletons will reach full maturity," team leader Dana Duren said in a school news release. Duren heads orthopedic research at the university's Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics.

Earlier skeletal maturity affects the timing of treatment for certain orthopedic conditions in children, such as leg-length differences and scoliosis. It may also affect use of growth hormone, the study authors said.

"The timing for the treatments of these conditions is a critical component to a good outcome," said study co-author Mel Boeyer, a predoctoral orthopedic research fellow. "What this research shows us is physicians will need to start looking for the beginning of epiphyseal fusion sooner than they once thought."

The researchers studied radiographs of the bones in the hands and wrists of more than 1,000 children born between 1915 and 2006. The radiographs were gathered in the Fels Longitudinal Study, a century-long study of human growth and development.

The investigators keyed in on a developmental process called epiphyseal fusion, which signals the end of the growth of the bone, Duren said.

"It begins when the growth plate, which is cartilage at the end of the bone, starts to connect the epiphysis, or bone cap, to the long bone through small calcifications. Eventually, the growth plate completely calcifies and attaches, or fuses, to the long bone. When fusion is complete, so is the growth of that bone," Duren explained.

The researchers found that the skeletons of children born in the 1990s reached maturity faster and sooner than those of kids born in the 1930s.

The study did not look at possible causes of earlier skeletal maturity, but increased exposure to chemical compounds that resemble hormones could be a factor, the researchers said.

The findings were published recently in the journal Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health has more on children's bones.