Mosquito neurons for tasting blood ‘break the rules’

A unique group of neurons lights up in female mosquitoes only when they're eating the combined ingredients of blood, researchers report.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller • futurity
Oct. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: neurons blood taste science-and-technology mosquitoes

Newfound taste cells ‘multitask’ to sense it all

Researchers have found taste cells in mice that respond to as many as four different tastes. Humans are likely to have the same cells, the researchers say.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
Aug. 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: food brains senses taste science-and-technology

People don’t care why their beer tastes bitter

"...we found no consistent effect on liking or preference. The source of bitterness did not influence which beers they liked."

Jeff Mulhollem-Penn State • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: food taste beer consumers society-and-culture

What doctors know about lingering symptoms of coronavirus

Is it possible that people who recover from COVID-19 will be plagued with long term side effects from the infection? An infectious disease physician reviews the evidence so far.

William Petri, Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
June 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  health  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  wuhan  sars-cov-2  delirium  coronavirus-2020  sars-cov  smell  taste  icu  pneumonia  acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome

COVID-19, smell and taste – how is COVID-19 different from other respiratory diseases?

Many respiratory viruses cause us to temporarily lose our sense of smell. But SARS-CoV-2 isn't like those other viruses. Researchers are now exploring how it differs and whether patients recover.

Valentina Parma, Research Assistant Professor, Temple University • conversation
June 4, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  pandemic  sars-cov-2  viruses  smell  senses  taste

Why sweet foods aren’t as tasty when they’re cool

Sweet foods that are cooler don't taste as good to us, but why that is has been a mystery. New research may have the answer.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
April 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sugar food neurons brains temperature taste science-and-technology

Some ‘veggie’ baby foods have more sweet fruit

Some baby foods that claim to have loads of dark green vegetables taste more like fruit than veggies. Here's why that's a problem.

Jeff Mulhollem-Penn State • futurity
April 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: food babies fruit taste vegetables health-and-medicine

Proteins key to vision are also taste receptors in flies

Multiple opsin proteins, known for decades to be required for vision, also function as taste receptors, new research with fruit flies finds.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
April 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: vision senses taste proteins science-and-technology

Is the loss of your sense of smell and taste an early sign of COVID-19?

Patients who later test positive for COVID-19 are reporting early loss of smell and taste. Researchers are now trying to understand if this could be an early sign of the disease.

Jeb M. Justice, Associate Professor, Chief of the Division of Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery, Co-Director UF Health Smell Disorders Program, University of Florida • conversation
March 27, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  coronavirus  common-cold  severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome-sars  viruses  smell  anosmia  senses  taste  olfactory

Lost sense of smell or taste could signal you have COVID-19

Sudden loss of sense of smell or taste could be the first symptoms of COVID-19. An expert explains why that is and what to do if it happens to you.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
March 24, 2020 ~1 min

Tags: covid-19 smell senses taste featured health-and-medicine

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