The eyes sometimes have it, beating out the tongue, nose and brain in the emotional and biochemical balloting that determines the taste and allure of food, a scientist said here today. Speaking at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society, he described how people sometimes “see” flavors in foods and beverages before actually tasting them.

Scientists are reporting that the mucus lining the stomachs of pigs could be a long-sought, abundant source of “mucins” being considered for use as broad-spectrum anti-viral agents to supplement baby formula and for use in personal hygiene and other consumer products to protect against a range of viral infections. Their study appears in ACS’ journal Biomacromolecules.

Studies find increase in heart attacks and workplace injuries; Loyola sleep expert offers tips for coping with time change.Daylight Saving Time can be hazardous for your health.


Infectious disease experts, including one from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, warn of the growing threat of multi-drug resistant gonorrhea in the United States, according to a perspective in the Feb. 9 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Scientific studies have shown nicotine improves focus and concentration. So it makes sense that older individuals with diagnosed memory issues might also gain benefit from use of nicotine, the brain stimulant in tobacco.

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