Today’s Children Reach Bone Maturity Earlier, Study Reveals

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Children born in the most recent century have bones that reach full maturity earlier – by nearly 10 months in girls and nearly seven months in boys – according to a new study from the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

These findings directly impact the timing of the clinical care of certain pediatric orthopaedic conditions, such as leg-length differences, scoliosis and the timing of using growth hormone.

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