Dogs sniff differences in identical twins

When parents and DNA tests can't tell twins apart, a highly trained German Shepherd might be able to, according to an online article in National Geographic. … [Read more...]

Man lost smell, then taste

Jason Feifer lost his sense of smell as a child, and shortly afterward, his sense of taste. To him, "vanilla is chocolate is peanut butter is custard." He shows us what it's like to dine in a resturant without these senses at Men's Health. … [Read more...]

Contraceptives erase natural odor signals

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests birth control pills and other chemically-based contraceptives erase natural odor signals that help primates select a mate. Now it appears that both men and women are effected, according to a blog entry by Shirley Wang at WSJ.com … [Read more...]

Vibration theory of smell makes a comeback

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Fifteen years ago Luca Turin, now in biophysics department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, first hypothesized that primary smell perception occurs via electron tunneling in the olfactory nerves. His theory challenged the existing idea that humans detect odors according to the shape of … [Read more...]

Scentinelle, where are you?

Dear Scentintelle, I'm back from vacation, but you're not. Where are you? Are you coming back? Without you, life is dull. There is so much that I miss. All of those smells! So much complexity and surprise - truly a gift. I am changed because of you. I no longer judge smells as harshly, and … [Read more...]

Recalled atorvastatin (Lipitor) reeks of mold

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The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, has recalled another 38,000 bottles of its popular cholesterol-lowering medication, Lipitor, because the pills stink, literally. The contaminating odor has so far been found in two lots effecting 369,000 of the 40-mg pills. So what sniffs? According to WebMd, … [Read more...]

Questionable leftovers in the fridge

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It's unnerving not to be able to smell if the soup leftover in the fridge is spoiled or not. I don't remember how long it's been in there. Maybe since last week. It looks okay, but I can't smell for sure. What to do? … [Read more...]

Surgical mask smells like burnt sleeping bag

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Before leaving the surgery center yesterday, the doctor gave me a surgical mask to wear at home to keep the dressings clean. Breathing in and out of my mouth through the mask, I could taste/smell something strange. At first I thought it was the remains of anesthesia on my breath, but when I took the … [Read more...]

Septoplasty mutes the Scentinelle

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Today I'm undergoing surgery on my nose, a septoplasty to be exact. I have a deviated septum from breaking my nose at least six times in as many years. It all started with a waterslide incident on the first Christmas that I spent with my husband when we were still dating. And now it may become the … [Read more...]

New tablecloth burns my hands

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With the holidays coming, I found myself in need of a new tablecloth. So I went shopping, something I dread this time of year. At the first two stores, I found picked over linens sections. At the third store, my head ached and I was overwhelmed with aromas. But I finally found what I needed: a plain … [Read more...]