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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 we help people who have experienced loss of smell due to a virus or traumatic brain injury?

Goal: Create more awareness of anosmia and do research on cures.Preliminary research shows more than 2 million Americans suffer from permanent loss of smell after a bad cold or head injury. Let’s determine how many are affected and research possible cures by gathering data of those currently affected and those anosmiacs who regained part or all of their sense of smell.

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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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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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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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