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2 Your Health: Baby Talk; Friendship DNA


New research shows babies' brains are helping them get ready to talk much earlier than we might think.

Researchers at the University of Washington say babies actually practice in their brains how to say words long before they say them out loud.

Babies usually say their first words sometime after they turn 1.

But this study found that as early as seven months, babies' brains were stimulated when their heard their parents' voices -- and they were already rehearsing how to talk back.

Researchers say this study reinforces the importance of talking and reading to your baby as much as possible.

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A new study shows we may choose friends based on our genes.

Researchers found we're more genetically similar to the people we pick as friends than we are to strangers.

The study found people usually have about one percent of the same genes as their friends -- which is as genetically similar as you would be to a fourth cousin.

Researchers say this genetic similarity may play a role in the way we often share the same interests as our friends.

The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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