Name the losing sense

This is purely hypothetical, but what if you knew you were going to lose one sense as you get older and you could choose it now? Which sense would you pick to lose? … [Read more...]

Smell impacts first impression

Do your hands smell like onions? Flowers? Nothing at all? Smell manipulates mood, and therefore, influences a first impression, which might be critical for a job interview or business meeting, according to researchers Nicole Hovis and Theresa White of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. Details about … [Read more...]

What will 10 billion people smell like?

The United Nations released last week a new forecast of world population for 2100: 10.1 billion people, that's 1.1 billion people more than previous estimates. So many human bodies on planet earth beg the question: What will 10.1 billion people smell like? One word: Horrific. Current trends … [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...]

NYTimes: Zinc nasal spray may harm smell

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Users of a popular cold remedy have reported damage to the sense of smell, and … [Read more...]

Island Scene: Smell loss important signal

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A loss of sense of smell could signal a more serious health condition, such as … [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...]

Stories that start with a sniff

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Is it true that dogs have a better sense of smell than humans? In a word, yes. Their noses contain about 10 times more olfactory neurons that ours do. But that doesn't mean that they are better at every type of smelling. Because of their anatomical prowess, dogs excel at long-distance detection. But … [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...]

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...]