Medical research

In fighting gut infections, nervous system is key, team finds

The peaceful and delicate co-existence of friendly gut bacteria and the immune system relies on highly coordinated information exchange between immune system cells and certain cells lining the intestine. Until now, scientists ...

Health

Expert offers tips about online nutrition information

In today's social media world, it's easier than ever to find "facts"—and increasingly difficult to figure out which of them are actually true. Reporting based on findings of nutrition research, in particular, is rife with ...

Neuroscience

Virtual reality takes a leap into taste

A fly hasn't eaten for an entire day, and it's starving. It finds a pile of edible gelatinous goo and begins eating, when a green light appears, and the food, which was far from delicious a moment ago, becomes irresistibly ...

Neuroscience

Raw or cooked: This is how we recognise food

Do we see a pear or an apple? The occipital cortex in our brain will activate itself to recognise it. A piece of bread or a nice plate of pasta with sauce? Another region will come into play, called the middle temporal gyrus. ...

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