Chinese Babies â€œDeveloping Breastsâ€http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2010/08/10/chinese-babies-developing-breasts/
Chinese girls aged from 15 months to 4 years old being fed milk powder have been found to have developed â€œbreastsâ€
The problem is thought to stem from farmers giving their cows huge doses of hormones to increase milk yields â€“ a practice which is illegal in most of the developed world (though of course not in the USA), but quite unregulated in China.
Girls developing breasts as early as 7: U.S. studyhttp://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/08/09/puberty-girls-early-breasts.html
Some American girls are developing breasts as young as age seven, researchers have found.
The study, published in Monday's online issue of the journal Pediatrics, looked at more than 1,200 girls age six to eight in New York, Ohio and California. It compared the age when the girls showed early signs of puberty against the results of a similar study from 13 years ago.
Over that time period, the age at which girls began showing early signs of puberty decreased among all races:
* Among seven-year-olds, about 10.4 per cent of white girls, 23.4 per cent of black girls and almost 15 per cent of Hispanic girls had started developing breasts.
* Among eight-year-olds, 18.3 per cent of white girls, nearly 43 per cent of black girls and just under 31 per cent of Hispanic girls showed evidence of breast development.
In comparison, about 5.0 per cent of seven-year-old white girls showed signs of breast development in the 1997 study, as did 15.4 per cent of black girls. No comparison data was available for Hispanic girls.
Two different trained health professionals examined the girls two separate times between 2004 and 2006 to distinguish between breast tissue and fatty tissue, the researchers said.
Pollutants that mimic the female hormone estrogen might also be contributing to early puberty, said study author Dr. Frank Biro of Cincinnati Children's Hospital.