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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...

2009-04-01 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...

2009-03-09 13:38:04

A taste tester for Britain's Costa Coffee said the company has taken out an insurance policy on his tongue worth $14 million. Costa Coffee taster Gennaro Pelliccia said the company took out the insurance policy with Lloyd's of London as it prepares to open a planned 100 new stores during the year, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday. In my profession, my taste buds and sensory skills are crucial, Pelliccia said. My 18 years of experience enable me to distinguish between thousands of flavors....

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2008-12-16 10:35:00

The findings of the world's largest study so far on the ability of children and young people to taste and what they like have now been published. The study was conducted jointly by Danish Science Communication, food scientists from The Faculty of Life Sciences (LIFE) at University of Copenhagen and 8,900 Danish schoolchildren. In September, 8,900 schoolchildren from all over Denmark took part in a large-scale experiment conducted by Danish Science Communication and The Faculty of Life...

2008-10-22 09:00:42

Scientists at Redpoint Bio Corporation (OTCBB: RPBC) have developed a quantitative method to measure and classify the bitter or bad taste of frequently used medicines. The work points to approaches that have the potential to reduce or eliminate the aversive flavor of many widely prescribed orally-dosed drugs. The findings appear in the October 2008 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Behavioural Pharmacology. The research paper, entitled, "Quantitative Assessment of TRPM5-Dependent Oral...

2008-08-26 09:00:00

ATLANTA -- The tireless tongue already controls taste and speech, helps kiss and swallow and fights germs. Now scientists hope to add one more ability to the mouthy muscle, and turn it into a computer control pad. Georgia Tech researchers believe a magnetic, tongue-powered system could transform a disabled person's mouth into a virtual computer, teeth into a keyboard -- and tongue into the key that manipulates it all. "You could have full control over your environment by just being able to...

2008-07-02 16:31:03

Oregon researchers identify computer-like mechanism that drives neuron expression for taste and smell Thanks to salt and hot chili peppers, researchers have found a calculus-computing center that tells a roundworm to go forward toward dinner or turn to broaden the search. It's a computational mechanism, they say, that is similar to what drives hungry college students to a pizza. These behavior-driving calculations, according to a paper published in the July 3 issue of the journal Nature, are...

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2008-06-10 14:10:05

Using the same concept behind commercial breath-freshening strips, a Temple University researcher has developed a new, easier method for clinical taste testing.Greg Smutzer, director of the Laboratory of Gustatory Psychophysics in the Biology Department of Temple's College of Science and Technology, has created taste strips similar to breath-freshening strips, but these edible strips contain one of the five basic tastes that are detected by humans "” sweet, sour, salty, bitter and...

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2008-03-17 16:00:00

Similarities highlight environment's role in shaping evolution of taste preferencesAccording to researchers at the Monell Center, fruit flies are more like humans in their responses to many sweet tastes than are almost any other species. The diverse range of molecules that humans experience as sweet do not necessarily taste sweet to other species. For example, aspartame, a sweetener used by humans, does not taste sweet to rats and mice. However, fruit flies respond positively to most...