A dollop of peanut butter is all it takes to test for Alzheimer’s

 

early_alzheimers_detectionA University of Florida team is suggesting that there might be a real simple way to test for early stage Alzheimer’s – with a dollop of peanut butter and a ruler (scale).

Jennifer Stamps, a graduate student in the UF McKnight Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste, and her colleagues reported the findings of a small pilot study in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences.

The scientists found that patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease had a dramatic difference in detecting odor between the left and right nostril — the left nostril was impaired and did not detect the smell until it was an average of 10 centimeters closer to the nose than the right nostril had made the detection in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. This was not the case in patients with other kinds of dementia; instead, these patients had either no differences in odor detection between nostrils or the right nostril was worse at detecting odor than the left one.

You can read more about it here, and you could maybe give it a try at home at let us know in the comments how you fared – if you remember that is :) !

 

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