Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Speaking in longer, more complex sentences better for baby's development

Longer sentences better for baby

The sooner you start explaining the world to your baby, the better. New research shows that both how much and how well parents talk with babies and toddlers help to tune the youngsters' brains in ways that build language and vocabulary skills crucial to later school achievement. The idea is to connect words and meaning, so the brain becomes primed to learn through context: "Let's put the orange in this bowl with the banana and the apple and the grapes." Stanford University psychology professor Anne Fernald explains, "You're building intelligence through language."

Warning sought on Sugary drinks

California would become the first state to require warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks under a proposal a state lawmaker announced Thursday. SB1000 would require the warning on the front of all beverage containers with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories in every 12 ounces. The label would read: "STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay." Democratic Sen. William Monning said there is overwhelming research showing the link between sugary drinks and those health problems. He said the wording was developed by a national panel of nutrition and public health experts.

3,600-year-old mummy found

Spanish archaeologists have unearthed a 3,600-year-old mummy in the ancient city of Luxor, Egypt's Antiquities Minister said Thursday. Mohammed Ibrahim said the rare find in an ornately carved wooden sarcophagus dates to 1600 B.C., when the 17th dynasty of the Pharaonic era reigned. The sarcophagus is engraved with hieroglyphs and decorated with inscriptions of birds' feathers. Therefore, he said, the well-preserved mummy is thought to be that of a high-ranking official. The exact identity of the mummy will now be studied, Ibrahim said. The discovery is welcome news for antiquities authorities, who have struggled to protect and preserve Egypt's cultural treasures amid three years of political turmoil.

Times wires

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