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2009-08-20 15:50:46

A study of 62 soldiers found that smokers had fewer and flatter taste buds than nonsmokers, researchers in Greece said. Study leader Pavlidis Pavlos of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki said the team used electrical stimulation to test the taste threshold of the soldiers and endoscopes to measure the number and shape of a kind of taste bud called fungiform papillae. Statistically important differences between the taste thresholds of smokers and non-smokers were detected, Pavlos said in a...


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  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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