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  • Mood makes food taste different

    12/10/2006 4:49:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 1 replies · 564+ views
    news@nature.com ^ | 6 December 2006 | Kerri Smith
    Taste test could be used to pinpoint chemical causes of depression. Feeling anxious? Your mood may actually change how your dinner tastes, making the bitter and salty flavours recede, according to new research. This link between the chemical balance in your brain and your sense of taste could one day help doctors to treat depression. There are currently no on-the-spot tests for deciding which medication will work best in individual patients with this condition. Researchers hope that a test based on flavour detection could help doctors to get more prescriptions right first time. It has long been known that people...
  • Who's Mentally Ill? Deciding Is Often All in the Mind

    06/12/2005 1:43:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 770+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 12, 2005 | BENEDICT CAREY
    THE release last week of a government-sponsored survey, the most comprehensive to date, suggests that more than half of Americans will develop a mental disorder in their lives. The study was the third, beginning in 1984, to suggest a significant increase in mental illness since the middle of the 20th century, when estimates of lifetime prevalence ranged closer 20 or 30 percent. But what does it mean when more than half of a society may suffer "mental illness"? Is it an indictment of modern life or a sign of greater willingness to deal openly with a once-taboo subject? Or is...