Melissa Suggs

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The effect of environmental odors emanating from large-scale hog operations on the mood of nearby residents was determined using the POMS (Profile of Mood States). The scores for six POMS factors and the TMD (total mood disturbance score) for 44 experimental subjects were compared to those of 44 control subjects who were matched according to gender, race,(More)
A wide variety of compounds in foods and beverages produce astringent sensations when introduced into the oral cavity. There is controversy, however, whether "astringency," with its associated puckering and drying sensations, is a fundamental taste quality or is a tactile sensation. To address this issue, electrophysiological recordings were made from the(More)
Taste and smell are chemical senses that play a crucial role in food selection. Damage to taste and smell receptors can impair food intake, nutritional status, and survival. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of 11 environmental pollutants (nine insecticides and two herbicides) on electrophysiological taste responses in the gerbil.(More)
Astringent tastes are generally considered those that induce long-lasting puckering and drying sensations on the tongue and membranes of the oral cavity. Electrophysiological recordings were made here from the whole chorda tympani nerve in gerbil to understand the interactive effect of astringent-tasting molecules with a broad spectrum of tastants including(More)
One of the side effects of antidepressant pharmacotherapy reported clinically is impairment of the sense of taste. In this study, the taste effects of four tricyclic antidepressant compounds (clomipramine HCl, desipramine HCl, doxepin HCl, and imipramine HCl) were evaluated experimentally by topical application of the drugs to the tongue. Taste detection(More)
The effect of odors on the mood of 56 women ranging in age from 45 to 60 years was determined using the POMS (Profile of Mood States). The 56 subjects were divided into four groups of 14 subjects each on the basis of hormonal status. Group 1 consisted of 14 women who were still menstruating; group 2 consisted of 14 women who were no longer menstruating and(More)
The taste of six psychotropic drugs (amitriptyline HCl, clomipramine HCl, desipramine HCl, imipramine HCl, doxepin HCl, and trifluoperazine HCl) can be detected at concentrations of 0.1 mM or less in both young and elderly individuals. At concentrations 4 times higher than the detection thresholds, these drugs have bitter as well as other unpleasant taste(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine if daily use of colognes could elevate mood in middle-aged men. Sixty men ranging in age from 40 to 55 years participated in the study. Half were European-American and half were African-American. Mood ratings were obtained twice daily for 12 days using the Profile of Mood States questionnaire (POMS). The first 2(More)
Amiloride analogs that were designed to inhibit three types of Na+ transport systems (the epithelial Na+ channel, the Na+/H+ antiporter, and the Na+/Ca++ exchanger) were applied to the tongue of the gerbil to determine their effects of electrophysiological taste responses to NaCl, CaCl2, sucrose, and glutamic acid. The pattern of responses from the chorda(More)
Use of medications is a major factor that contributes to taste losses in the elderly. Epidemiological studies suggest that community-dwelling elderly over the age of 65 use an average of 2.9 to 3.7 medications, and this number increases significantly for elderly living in retirement and nursing homes. The tricyclic antidepressant amitriptyline HCl is used(More)