September 28, 2012

Eating Junk Food for Flavor?

1 Obese Kids Have Less Sensitive Taste Buds

When researchers in Germany administered taste tests to 193 children and adolescents aged 6 to 18, they found that obese children had more difficulty identifying the five basic flavors -- especially salty, savory and bitter tastes -- than the normal-weighted. The difference was not great, an average score of 12.6 out of 20 for the obese group versus a score of 14 for the control group, but researchers speculated that overweight children might consume greater amounts of certain heavily-flavored and high-calorie processed foods, salty snacks or fatty meats in order to get the desired degree of taste satisfaction. Whether having less sensitive taste buds may lead to overweight or obesity somehow dulls one’s sense of taste is unknown.

More at Sfgate.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Obese Men Less Sensitive to Taste of Fat

Tags: Sense of Taste, Taste Test, Obesity and Sense of Taste, Taste Buds and Obesity, Obesity and the Senses

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Got Gout?

2 Cherries May Reduce Risk of Gout Attacks

Gout patients who ate cherries over a two-day period had a 35% lower risk of having a flareup, found a new study. Gout flareups were 75% lower when cherry consumption was combined with allopurinal, a drug that reduces uric acid. Gout, a disease that causes painful swelling of the joints, is triggered by the crystallization of uric acid. For the study, 633 gout patients submitted info online including onset of symptoms and medications including cherry consumption, taken two days prior to an attack. Researchers found that gout flareups decreased with increased cherry consumption, up to 3 servings over 2 days. (One serving equals 1/2 cup or about 10 to 12 cherries.) Experts warn not to abandon standard therapies; further studies are needed to confirm that consuming cherries stops flareups.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Prevalence of Gout Rises in US

Tags: Cherries, Gout, Inflammation, Uric Acid, Crystallization, Allopurinal

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Walters' Rib

3 Doctors Grow New Ear on Woman’s Arm

Sherrie Walters lost part of her left ear and skull to an aggressive form of basal cell cancer, but now doctors from Johns Hopkins, led by plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Patrick Byrne, have attached a new ear grown from Walters’ own tissue. Using cartilage from Walters’ ribs to create a new ear, Byrne implanted it under the skin of her forearm where it grew for months before being attached to its proper place. After a period of healing, Byrne performed a surgery that added shape and detail. “In my opinion, now it’s just a matter of time as the swelling goes down and it heals, I believe she will have a normal looking ear,” he said. Walters, who cautions everyone to use sunscreen saying that she hadn’t, is able to hear from her left side with the use of a special hearing aid.

More at Www.baltimore.cbslocal.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Texas Man Has First Full Face Transplant

Tags: Johns Hopkins, Ear Reconstruction, Sherrie Walters, Dr. Patrick Byrne

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