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Come join us for a special valentines themed event where we have 2 excellent speakers from the University of Glasgow to bring in the season of love with talks on sex and puberty. If you think you are a smooth talker, why not enter our science love poem/one liner competition and see if you can woo our volunteers with your charm.
Talking over the din: Why we don’t actually talk about sex and why that matters for our health
There’s an awful lot of noise about sex. We discuss it on social media; hear it on the news; laugh about it in the pub. So it’s a little bit surprising how poor we are at *really*, talking about it. Not being able to talk about sex matters. It underpins contraceptive failure, sexual coercion and lifelong disappointing sex. This talk will discuss social science research showing how bad we are at talking over the din; it will discuss why this matters; and it will ask whether there is anything we can do about this.
Why do some girls grow breasts early?
Puberty is happening earlier and earlier. This brings with it increased risks of many diseases including heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and obesity. In particular girls who develop breasts before the age of ten have around a 20% higher risk of breast cancer in later life than girls who develop breasts between the ages of 11 and 12. This talk will discuss the effects of early puberty on our health and wellbeing. The processes that make some girls develop younger than others are not well understood but our research is beginning to point at the involvement of the immune system.