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Tasty lungs for better asthma treatments?

2010-10-26 14:14:31.228685+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

The lungs have taste receptors, and may dilate when they taste bitter flavors.

Dr. Liggett cautions that eating bitter tasting foods or compounds would not help in the treatment of asthma. "Based on our research, we think that the best drugs would be chemical modifications of bitter compounds, which would be aerosolized and then inhaled into the lungs with an inhaler," he says.

(Via SE)

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#Comment Re: made: 2010-10-26 15:44:27.951793+00 by: Dan Lyke

/. entry has a link to the press release from the University of Maryland Medical Center and the abstract at nature.com.