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2009-07-24 15:40:46

The same mechanism that helps you detect bad-tasting and potentially poisonous foods may also play a role in protecting your airway from harmful substances, according to a study by scientists at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. The findings could help explain why injured lungs are susceptible to further damage.The study, published online July 23 in Science Express, shows that receptors for bitter compounds that are found in taste buds on the tongue also...

2009-07-08 13:27:35

Using a combination of sensory, genetic, and in vitro approaches, researchers from the Monell Center confirm that the T1R1-T1R3 taste receptor plays a role in human umami (amino acid) taste.They further report that variations in the genes that code for this receptor correspond to individual variation in sensitivity to and perceived intensity of umami taste."These findings bolster our understanding of human taste variation and individual differences in tastes for essential nutrients," says...

2009-07-02 06:54:00

Metromint Gives Consumers Six Ways to Chill Out This Summer SAN FRANCISCO, July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- A nationwide cooling trend is forecasted to arrive today in the form of Metromint (www.metromint.com), the all-natural mintwater that combines pure water and real mint. Metromint provides a cooling sensation in every sip and is the perfect refreshment to beat the summer heat. Metromint provides these tips for staying hydrated during the hot summer months: Adults should drink at least 64...

2009-06-22 10:35:00

Where we are born not only determines how we speak but also how we taste our food and drink. The taste preferences of the UK's major regions have been analysed by Professor Andy Taylor, an expert in flavour technology at The University of Nottingham and Greg Tucker a leading food psychologist.Professor Taylor of the Flavour Research Group said: "Taste is determined by our genetic make-up and influenced by our upbringing and experience with flavours. Just as with spoken dialects, where accent...

2009-05-07 08:00:00

Recent Accomplishments Include: - Decision by Nestle SA to select a new flavor ingredient for evaluation of commercial potential in the coffee and coffee whitener fields - Extension of discovery and development program with Ajinomoto Co., Inc. - Extension of collaborative research and license agreement with Campbell Soup Company - Initiation of development activities to support regulatory filings for Bitter Blockers S0812 and S6821 SAN DIEGO, CA, May 7, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --...

2009-04-27 08:00:00

Liquor Control Board presents festivals in Pittsburgh, Hershey, Philadelphia HARRISBURG, Pa., April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wine Week 2009 comes to Pennsylvania with three tasting festivals showcasing the world's most renowned wines and exciting new varieties for wine enthusiasts to discover. The week comprises the seventh annual Pittsburgh Wine Festival on Thursday, April 30; the second annual Wine Festival in Hershey, Friday, May 1; and the eighth annual Philadelphia Wine Festival,...

2009-04-16 13:40:07

U.S. scientists say they've determined the red panda is the first non-primate mammal to display a liking for the artificial sweetener aspartame. Monell Chemical Senses Center researchers in Philadelphia said the unexpected affinity for an artificial sweetener might reflect structural variation in the red panda's sweet-taste receptor and the findings might shed light on how taste preferences and diet choice are shaped by molecular differences in taste receptors. Greater insight into why we...

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2009-04-15 16:15:00

Preference for artificial sweeteners previously thought to exist only in Old World primates Researchers from the Monell Center report that the red panda is the first non-primate mammal to display a liking for the artificial sweetener aspartame. This unexpected affinity for an artificial sweetener may reflect structural variation in the red panda's sweet taste receptor. The findings may shed light on how taste preferences and diet choice are shaped by molecular differences in taste receptors....

2009-04-01 20:44:58

Chemotherapy and radiotherapy may alter taste and odor perception, leading to malnutrition in cancer patients, U.S. researchers say. The review of studies, published in the Journal of Supportive Oncology, included ways that help improve taste and odor abnormalities for cancer patients. Among the suggestions are eating less of foods that may have a metallic or bitter taste such as red meat, coffee or tea; eating more high-protein foods; enhancing flavors with seasonings and spices;...

2009-04-01 09:30:13

 Cancer and its therapies, including chemotherapy and radiotherapy, may directly alter and damage taste and odor perception, possibly leading to patient malnutrition, and in severe cases, significant morbidity, according to a Virginia Tech "“ Wake Forest University Comprehensive Cancer Center compilation of various existing studies. Their review appears in the March/April 2009 Journal of Supportive Oncology.One of the purposes of the study, said Andrea Dietrich, professor of civil...