(@davenpod1)

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Anosmia or smell loss

Anosmia is a dangerous, debilitating & depressing disease. Research in 3 areas would help: 1. Prevalence. If pharmaceutical companies knew the large numbers of people suffering personal loss & how desperate we are for a cure, they would be motivated to research. 2. Underlying causes. Aging, viral infection or trauma cause it, but we need to know why. 3. My best idea: doctors never ask about smell ability during annual ...more »

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How can anosmia help us understand dementia patients

Identify dementia patients, healthy patients and screen 40-60 years of age for smell loss. I would test different anosmia therapies for dementia patients and use fMRI to better understand how this affects their brain. We can look at prime areas of the disease and areas where smell loss is apparent. We can see if training helps anosmia and/or if smell training affects affected areas of the brain.

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(@stephfeuer)

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Post-Viral Anosmia - what are the characteristics of the virus that causes it

Goal:To identify the virus that causes Anosmia

Methods: survey of post-viral anosmiacs about the onset of the virus, it's timing, it's characteristics, duration, symptoms, and treatment .

Recruitment through Facebook groups, message boards and specialists. Control group could be identified through medical records

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(@k2omq01)

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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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(@hakunamatata414)

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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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