We All Talk Like Babies by Scott LaFee

We All Talk Like Babies by Scott LaFee

After analyzing 1,600 speech and song samples from 21 societies on six continents, the researchers concluded that children’s language and lullabies are universally recognizable.

We all seem to adjust our voices in similar ways when communicating with babies, using purer timbres, softer songs, and higher-pitched words. When the researchers asked more than 51,000 people from 187 countries to guess when these vocalizations were directed at babies, their guesses were more accurate than expected by chance, suggesting a consistency of function across cultures.

The researchers suggest that the universality may be due to a common evolution.

body of knowledge

The Waterloo teeth were prosthetics made after the Battle of Waterloo (1815), which left almost 50,000 men on both sides dead or wounded. Scavengers stole the teeth from corpses and sold them to dentists, who appreciated their quality because most of them came from healthy men who were once young.

Get me that, Stat!

The World Health Organization says childhood vaccination rates have fallen to their lowest levels in 30 years. For example, the three-dose regimen of the DTP vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis dropped to 81% coverage, a drop of 5% between 2019 and 2021. That means 25 million children did not receive DTP doses in 2021, 6 million more than in 2019 Experts say COVID interrupted vaccination efforts, but regional conflicts and misinformation were also factors.

doc talk

Alopecia totalis: hair loss that affects the entire scalp. Hair loss that affects the entire body is called alopecia universalis. Hair loss related to male pattern baldness is called genetic destiny.

mania of the week

Hypnomania: an obsession with sleeping

best medicine

From one parent to another: “I have never vaccinated any of my children. I pay a pediatrician to do it.”


“My struggle to stay healthy is gradually killing me.” — British writer and epigrammatist Ashleigh Brilliant (1933-)

Medical history

This week in 1990, the first lung transplant operation from a living donor to a recipient is performed at Stanford University Medical Center in California. A mother donated a lung to her 12-year-old daughter.

sum body

Five vestigial features of the human body:

No. 1: Palmar grasp reflex, a grasp reflex seen in unborn children and newborns, possibly an evolutionary trait intended to help infants hold on to their mothers.

No. 2: Cross. By the sixth week of gestation, the human embryo possesses a tail, complete with several vertebrae. At birth, the tail has disappeared and the vertebrae have fused to form the coccyx, or coccyx.

No. 3: Wisdom teeth, which were useful in early hominids who needed to grind hard foods. Modern humans have smaller jaws and eat softer foods, making wisdom teeth unnecessary and often problematic.

No. 4: In other animals, the nictitating membrane is a fold of tissue at the inner corner of the eye that serves as a kind of third eyelid, providing protection and cleansing. In some species, it can even cover the entire eye, but is transparent enough for vision. In humans, it’s just a bit more tissue where the “sleep” is deposited.

No. 5: The auricular muscles control the auricle, or visible part of the external ear. In other mammals, they are used to move the pinna to better focus on incoming sounds or as a means of expression. In humans, they are mostly useless, although some people retain their ability to wiggle their ears.

stage calls

A decidedly stubborn English farmer named Clifford Greenwood, 67, refused to leave his home despite rising waters in a nearby swollen river. Instead, he settled in the front room from him in a lawn chair, drinking whiskey and watching television.

When a family friend called to check on him and asked if he was drunk, he replied, “I am that, girl,” and still refused to leave. She assumed that she would eventually retire to the room above her, but the next morning, Clifford was found dead. He fell from his chair and drowned in 18 inches of water that covered his living room floor.

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