A subset of taste cells may play a key role in the body's immune response to harmful oral microbes. The findings could help taste loss associated with infections, aging, and dysregulation of the oral microbiome caused by chemotherapy.
Researchers report those who are more prone to take risks while playing a simple children's game may be more prone to risky behaviors, like binge drinking.
Exposure to political news may be having a detrimental effect on the public health of the American people, researchers say. A new study reveals 40% of Americans surveyed say politics increases their stress levels, with 1 in 5 people actively losing sleep as a result of political exposure. 20% of those surveyed say politics has damaged interpersonal relationships, and 4% of the sample reported suicidal thoughts because of the current political climate.
Neuroimaging study reveals that when politicians take politically incongruent stances, people show stronger activation in the insula and anterior cingulate.