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2014-06-05 05:07:34

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We have all experienced it. While enjoying a delicious meal, the flavors and textures of food are delightful as we practice the mastication necessary for the beginning of the digestive process. Then, out of nowhere, our tongue fails to get out of the way of our teeth and we clamp down on the fleshy muscle, eliciting pain and, almost certainly, a few choice words. Thankfully this situation occurs with relative infrequency and, thanks...

Chewing Gum Can Help You Focus
2013-04-02 10:25:44

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online There´s a lot about chewing gum and the act of chewing gum to wonder about. Chew as we might, we never break it down, never digest it, and never receive any nutritional value from it. In many ways, it can be seen as an exercise in futility or a transformation from human to bovine. A recent study published in the British Journal of Psychology has found some good could come from chewing gum. According to these...

2012-10-03 23:00:11

Thirty years of research and clinical experience have shown neuromuscular dentistry to be effective in treating patients with various types of head and neck pain, without the use of pain management drugs. It is both an art and a science and certification requires extensive training to understand the body's natural balance. Dr Gregg Ueckert has completed advanced certification through Occlusion Connections, making him the preeminent neuromuscular dentist in all of Texas. Austin, Texas (PRWEB)...

New Zealand Reptile Chews Food Unlike Any Other On The Planet
2012-05-30 08:56:23

[ Watch the Video ] Scientists studying one of New Zealand´s most iconic reptiles have found that it chews its food in a way unlike any other animal on the planet, challenging the popular perception that complex chewing ability is linked to high metabolism. The tuatara, a beak-headed lizard-like reptile that is the sole living member of a family of reptiles that was widespread during the age of the dinosaurs, is able to slice through its food like a “steak knife” would....

2011-06-28 08:12:55

New research from Brown University shows that fish and mammals chew differently. Fish use tongue muscles to thrust food backward, while mammals use tongue muscles to position food for grinding. The evolutionary divergence is believed to have occurred with amphibians, though further research is needed to identify which species and when. Results are published in Integrative and Comparative Biology. Evolution has made its marks "” large and small "” in innumerable patterns of life....

2010-05-11 11:17:36

Scientists explain why the long neck dinosaurs were able to reach such gigantic proportions There is a simple rule of thumb. The larger an animal is, the more time it spends eating. This means an elephant hardly has time to sleep. It spends 18 hours every day satisfying its huge appetite. 'This led us to one of the many riddles that gigantism of dinosaurs puts before us,' Professor Martin Sander from the University of Bonn explains. 'They were just so large that a day would have had to have...

2010-02-23 06:00:00

Don't Take Your Stress Out on Your Mouth 30,000+ Dental Professionals Converge in Chicago February 25-27 CHICAGO, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the fall of 2009, the Chicago Dental Society surveyed more than 250 of its members to see if stressing about the economy was wreaking havoc on patients' oral health. Nearly 75 percent of dentists surveyed said their patients reported increased stress in their lives. And 65 percent of dentists said they have seen an increase in jaw...

2009-12-16 16:15:00

A real possibility does exist for developing a new generation of foods that make people feel full by releasing anti-hunger aromas during chewing, scientists in the Netherlands are reporting after a review of research on that topic. Such foods would fight the global epidemic of obesity with aromas that quench hunger and prevent people from overeating. Their article appears in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a bi-weekly publication. Rianne Ruijschop and colleagues note that...

2009-09-02 06:15:00

Researchers have found that moms who chew sugarless gum after their cesarean section may have better luck getting their bowels working again. When analyzing a group of women after having a C-section, Egyptian researchers discovered that women regained regular bowel function sooner if given chewing gum, thereby decreasing their time in the hospital. Slowed intestinal function is common with abdominal surgery, which causes the great discomfort of gas and constipation. The act of chewing gum...

Latest Mastication Reference Libraries

2013-03-05 14:37:32

The mouth is the beginning of the digestive system which takes in food and mixes it with saliva produced by glands located in the mouth. Formation and Orientation The first part of the mouth is the mouth cavity which contains the teeth and is limited by the lips, the roof, which is the hard and soft palate, and the floor of the mouth. This is the space where food is kept before it moves on to the esophagus. The orifice of the mouth is the line between the lower and upper lips and is...

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This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'