Community Roundup: Is Early Puberty Really a New Trend?

Plus, debate over TV drug ads and new miscarriage recommendations

News this week that many girls are hitting puberty at seven- or eight-years-old got people talking on the iVillage message boards. Several moms on the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Grade board said that they have witnessed this firsthand, but in their own generation -- which makes you wonder if it really is a new trend after all.

According to lorivi, she started going through puberty in the fourth grade. Liamsmom724 was 10, but her sister started developing at the age of eight.

What’s your take? Is this alarming or old news? Share your thoughts on the message boards.

Other news making the rounds on the iVillage boards this week: A new study suggests you don’t have to wait six months after a miscarriage to start trying again. In fact, the research found that those who conceived within the first six months after losing a pregnancy had the lowest risk of complications, including a second miscarriage.

On the Hot Topics in Health board, krilerby thought the research glossed over the fact that many women might not be mentally ready for another pregnancy so soon after a loss. “I would think having an emotionally ready woman would be just as important,” she says.

On the Miscarriage Support board, cl-lsufan5515 agreed that the taking some time off from trying might not be necessary for medical reasons, but more for emotional ones. “When a doctor suggests a waiting period, it's typically to allow for emotional healing and not necessarily physical healing. Getting pregnant right after a loss doesn't always mean the worst will happen!”

After having a miscarriage, is it better to wait before trying again in order cope with the loss? Chime in below.

Another popular debate on the boards this week: ubiquitous drug commercials -- helpful or not? I know I can’t watch a single episode of any TV show without seeing at least one pharmaceutical commercial. Some are so well-known, I could describe the TV ad, and you could probably name the drug. Let’s try it: Depression hurts. Sleep aids with floating pastel butterflies. A couple sitting in his-and-her bathtubs on a cliff.

But how helpful are they? And does it make sense to promote certain treatments to people suffering from chronic conditions when they don’t have the medical knowledge to discern whether the drug might be right for them? It’s an ongoing debate in the medical community, among consumers, and on the Your Well-Being: Ages 43-59 message boards.

Some people, like jan.magee, think pharmaceutical ads help them to be more informed patients. “Some people develop a tolerance to their meds, so it's good to know there are others that might work if the current drug stops working,” she writes.

Cl-coldfingers thinks they serve a purpose, too. She asked her mom’s oncologist about a drug that would help with chemo-related exhaustion. But to her dismay, the doctor was not interested in discussing drugs that patients had seen on television.

I can see where doctors might get sick of having to field questions about the latest and greatest drug, but I have to agree that the ads do, at least, get patients involved in their own healthcare.

How do you feel about pharmaceutical marketing campaigns? Chime in on the messages boards.

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