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2011-04-06 21:51:13

Success opens doors extending from health to new taste molecules Following years of futile attempts, new research from the Monell Center demonstrates that living human taste cells can be maintained in culture for at least seven months. The findings provide scientists with a valuable tool to learn about the human sense of taste and how it functions in health and disease. This advance ultimately will assist efforts to prevent and treat taste loss or impairment due to infection, radiation,...

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2011-03-08 11:37:06

Multiple taste cell sensors contribute to detecting sugars A new research study dramatically increases knowledge of how taste cells detect sugars, a key step in developing strategies to limit overconsumption. Scientists from the Monell Center and collaborators have discovered that taste cells have several additional sugar detectors other than the previously known sweet receptor. "Detecting the sweetness of nutritive sugars is one of the most important tasks of our taste cells," said senior...

2011-01-25 12:07:14

Cross-disciplinary researchers find that children's tastes and brand recognition begin early A child's taste preferences begin at home and most often involve salt, sugar and fat. And, researchers say, young kids learn quickly what brands deliver the goods. In a study of preschoolers ages 3 to 5, involving two separate experiments, researchers found that salt, sugar and fat are what kids most prefer -- and that these children already could equate their taste preferences to brand-name fast-food...

2011-01-18 06:00:00

NEEDHAM HEIGHTS, Mass., Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Looking for inspiration to get off the couch and start the New Year healthier and wealthier? How about dancing your way to $10,000? Food Should Taste Good, Inc., the fastest-growing all natural chip brand, today announces the launch of its first Touchdown Dance-Off contest. The tasty chips, made with ingredients like quinoa, brown rice, soy, flax and sunflower seeds are the perfect way to indulge and show your spirit on game day without...

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2010-11-24 08:55:00

In a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, USC College's Emily Liman reveals what is behind all the puckering -- how people perceive sour flavors This Thanksgiving, when you bite into the cranberry sauce and the tartness smacks your tongue as hard as that snide comment from your sister, consider the power of sour. Neurobiology researchers at the University of Southern California have made a surprising discovery about how some cells respond to sour tastes. Of...

2010-10-28 08:15:33

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Taste receptors in the lungs? Researchers have discovered that bitter taste receptors aren't just in the mouth, but in the lungs as well. Learning about the taste receptors could revolutionize the treatment of asthma and other obstructive lung diseases. "The detection of functioning taste receptors on smooth muscle of the bronchus in the lungs was so unexpected that we were at first quite skeptical ourselves," the study's senior author, Stephen B. Liggett, M.D.,...

2010-10-25 09:54:00

DAVIS, Calif. and TOKYO, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The US Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Ajinomoto Company have announced a joint research project to explore whether the regular inclusion of dietary sodium glutamate (MSG) used to enhance the taste of foods, has beneficial effects on eating behavior and body weight management. The trial, which will be conducted by ARS' Western Human Nutrition Research Center (WHNRC), will assess in overweight women...

2010-10-25 12:25:28

University of Maryland School of Maryland researchers show bitter compounds open lung airways better than current drugs Taste receptors in the lungs? Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have discovered that bitter taste receptors are not just located in the mouth but also in human lungs. What they learned about the role of the receptors could revolutionize the treatment of asthma and other obstructive lung diseases. "The detection of functioning taste...

2010-10-07 06:30:00

EWING, N.J., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Redpoint Bio Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: RPBC), a company focused on the development of healthier foods and beverages and new approaches to the treatment of diabetes and obesity, announced that it has advanced its discovery program for all-natural enhancers of salty taste. The program was initiated in response to consumers increasing demand for products that are both healthful and that include all-natural ingredients. The objective of the salt...

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2010-08-03 08:54:12

Could cost thousands of dollars in orthodontic repairs Mark this one down as a parental nightmare. First, your child gets her tongue pierced. Then, as if you needed something else, she starts "playing" with the tiny barbell-shaped stud, pushing it against her upper front teeth. And before you know it, she forces a gap between those teeth -- a fraction-of-an-inch gap that may cost thousands of dollars in orthodontic bills to straighten. How and why this happens has been documented in a case...


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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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