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Identify treatments for the loss of smell (anosmia)

I am a lay person and I cannot provide detail on study design. However, I am aware that there are millions of individuals world-wide who suffer from loss of smell (anosmia) and who feel socially isolated and fearful of dangers that the olfactory system helps to warn against. In addition, many people who are anosmic do not enjoy eating and are therefore not necessarily getting a nutritionally balanced diet. This could... more »

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How can you help people who have anosmia?

Anosmia, the loss of smell, affects approximately 5% of the population and can blight the lives of sufferers. The consequences to well being of those with this condition can be severe and include depression, anxiety, aggression, feelings of isolation as well as weight gain/weight loss. Within this group are people with parosmia, a condition where odors are so distorted that food becomes a nauseating ordeal. We need more... more »

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How can a loss of the sense of smell (acquired anosmia) be reversed?

From www.monell.org:

Monell’s initial targeted anosmia research project takes advantage of 1) the unique ability of olfactory receptor cells to regenerate from specialized stem cells across a person’s lifetime, and 2) Monell’s pioneering development of biopsy techniques that enable us to harvest and study living human olfactory tissue.

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What percentage of the population suffers from anosmia (no sense of smell) or other smell and taste disorders?

A good estimate could be based on a simple survey of health care providers (ENT or internist) as to the frequency of patients who exhibit this important disability. Depending on the results, more resources might be devoted to finding causes and ultimately treatments.

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Can methods be developed to help those with sudden onset anosmia (due to head injury or illness) regain their sense of smell?

The goals of anosmia research should be to help those who have suddenly lost their sense of smell to regain it. Scientists need to know more about olfactory nerves, their connections, their regeneration, how nerves can be rerouted, etc.

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What research has been done to treat anosmia, or the lack of smell, using modern technology?

My goal would be to find a breakthrough in the treatment of anosmia in cases where anosmia was caused by head trauma. The use of stem cells, or other technology, should be determined if olfactory nerves can be regrown in an effort to restore the sense of smell. The side effects of head trauma induced anosmia is phantosmia, which are "phantom smells" or olfactory hallucinations. Another goal would be to eliminate phantosmia... more »

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How to re-stimulate nerve growth in the olfactory bulb in order to reduce the health and wellness issues associated with anosmia

We are all at risk of losing our sense of smell -- from upper respiratory infection, head injury, to simple aging. Those with anosmia/hyposmia have nutritional imbalances because the sensory aspects of food intake are reduced. Anosmics report anxiety and danger from food poisoning, fire, gas, and other environmental threats detected by the sense of smell. Over 10 million Americans experience loss of smell and we as a... more »

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