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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302020/olfactory-loss-management-in-view-of-avicenna-focus-on-neuroprotective-plants
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Farnaz Sinaei, Seyed Ahmad Emami, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Behjat Javadi
BACKGROUND: Loss of olfaction can cause noticeable reduction in general quality of life. Only a small portion of patients with olfactory loss respond to current medications. Thus, development of novel therapeutic strategies seems to be necessary. Looking into traditional medical knowledge can be of great value in addressing useful remedies. Traditional Persian Medicine (TPM) has been practiced in Persia for more than 2000 years. Avicenna is the most eminent Persian physician. OBJECTIVE: To survey Avicenna's views on etiology and management of olfactory loss and to search for relevant modern pharmacological data...
March 16, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289233/volatile-secondary-metabolites-as-aposematic-olfactory-signals-and-defensive-weapons-in-aquatic-environments
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Giuseppe Giordano, Marianna Carbone, Maria Letizia Ciavatta, Eleonora Silvano, Margherita Gavagnin, Mary J Garson, Karen L Cheney, I Wayan Mudianta, Giovanni Fulvio Russo, Guido Villani, Laura Magliozzi, Gianluca Polese, Christian Zidorn, Adele Cutignano, Angelo Fontana, Michael T Ghiselin, Ernesto Mollo
Olfaction is considered a distance sense; hence, aquatic olfaction is thought to be mediated only by molecules dissolved in water. Here, we challenge this view by showing that shrimp and fish can recognize the presence of hydrophobic olfactory cues by a "tactile" form of chemoreception. We found that odiferous furanosesquiterpenes protect both the Mediterranean octocoral Maasella edwardsi and its specialist predator, the nudibranch gastropod Tritonia striata, from potential predators. Food treated with the terpenes elicited avoidance responses in the cooccurring shrimp Palaemon elegans Rejection was also induced in the shrimp by the memory recall of postingestive aversive effects (vomiting), evoked by repeatedly touching the food with chemosensory mouthparts...
March 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243501/validation-of-olfactory-deficit-as-a-biomarker-of-alzheimer-disease
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Matthew R Woodward, Chaitanya V Amrutkar, Harshit C Shah, Ralph H B Benedict, Sanjanaa Rajakrishnan, Rachelle S Doody, Li Yan, Kinga Szigeti
BACKGROUND: We evaluated smell identification as a biomarker for Alzheimer disease (AD) by assessing its utility in differentiating normal aging from an amnestic disorder and determining its predictive value for conversion from amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) to AD. METHODS: Cross-sectional study (AD = 262, aMCI = 110, controls = 194) measuring smell identification (University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test [UPSIT]) and cognitive status was performed, as well as longitudinal analysis of aMCI participants (n = 96) with at least 1 year follow-up (mean 477...
February 2017: Neurology. Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242521/a-systematic-review-of-smell-alterations-after-radiotherapy-for-head-and-neck-cancer
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M Álvarez-Camacho, S Gonella, S Campbell, R A Scrimger, W V Wismer
PURPOSE: To review the current knowledge on radiotherapy associated olfactory dysfunction among head and neck cancer (HNC) patients. METHODS: A systematic review of RT-related olfactory dysfunction in HNC was performed. Searches were conducted in several databases (Medline, EMBASE, CINAHL, CAB Abstracts, SCOPUS, Proquest Dissertations and Theses, PROSPERO, ALLEBM Reviews - Cochrane DSR, ACP Journal Club, DARE, CCTR, CMR, HTA, and NHSEED). Publications investigating olfactory dysfunction as an explicit side effect of Radiotherapy (RT, or RT-chemo or RT-monoclonal antibodies) were eligible, no limits were applied...
March 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242255/olfactory-dysfunction-and-dementia-in-newly-diagnosed-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Magdalena Eriksson Domellöf, Karl-Fredrik Lundin, Mona Edström, Lars Forsgren
INTRODUCTION: Studies report that up to 90% of patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD) have olfactory dysfunction (hyposmia). Hyposmia has also been connected to cognitive impairment and dementia in PD, but no studies of newly diagnosed patients followed longer than three years exists. The present study investigates the prevalence of olfactory dysfunction at PD diagnosis, how it evolves over time and whether hyposmia increases the risk of dementia in Parkinson's disease. METHODS: Olfactory function was assessed with Brief Smell Identification Test (B-SIT) in 125 newly diagnosed patients with PD...
February 21, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219971/predicting-human-olfactory-perception-from-chemical-features-of-odor-molecules
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Andreas Keller, Richard C Gerkin, Yuanfang Guan, Amit Dhurandhar, Gabor Turu, Bence Szalai, Joel D Mainland, Yusuke Ihara, Chung Wen Yu, Russ Wolfinger, Celine Vens, Leander Schietgat, Kurt De Grave, Raquel Norel, Gustavo Stolovitzky, Guillermo A Cecchi, Leslie B Vosshall, Pablo Meyer
It is still not possible to predict whether a given molecule will have a perceived odor or what olfactory percept it will produce. We therefore organized the crowd-sourced DREAM Olfaction Prediction Challenge. Using a large olfactory psychophysical data set, teams developed machine-learning algorithms to predict sensory attributes of molecules based on their chemoinformatic features. The resulting models accurately predicted odor intensity and pleasantness and also successfully predicted 8 among 19 rated semantic descriptors ("garlic," "fish," "sweet," "fruit," "burnt," "spices," "flower," and "sour")...
February 24, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158212/significant-improvement-of-olfactory-performance-in-sleep-apnea-patients-after-three-months-of-nasal-cpap-therapy-observational-study-and-randomized-trial
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Bettina Boerner, Gabrielo M Tini, Patrick Fachinger, Sereina M Graber, Sarosh Irani
OBJECTIVES: The olfactory function highly impacts quality of life (QoL). Continuous positive airway pressure is an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and is often applied by nasal masks (nCPAP). The influence of nCPAP on the olfactory performance of OSA patients is unknown. The aim of this study was to assess the sense of smell before initiation of nCPAP and after three months treatment, in moderate and severe OSA patients. METHODS: The sense of smell was assessed in 35 patients suffering from daytime sleepiness and moderate to severe OSA (apnea/hypopnea index ≥ 15/h), with the aid of a validated test battery (Sniffin' Sticks) before initiation of nCPAP therapy and after three months of treatment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134639/complications-of-nasal-bone-fractures
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Kun Hwang, Seung Han Yeom, Suk Hyun Hwang
The aim of this study was to perform a systematic review of the treatment of nasal bone fractures. The search terms ("nasal bone fracture" AND complication) and ("nasal bone fracture" AND [anosmia OR olfaction OR olfactory nerve OR smell]) and (anosmia AND ["nasal preparation" OR "nasal antiseptics"]) were used to search PubMed and SCOPUS. Of the 500 titles, 40 full papers were reviewed. One paper was excluded, and 3 mined papers were added. Ultimately, 12 papers were analyzed. The overall deformity rate was 10...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122475/the-relationship-between-olfactory-dysfunction-and-executive-function-in-children-with-traumatic-brain-injury
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Kathleen Bakker, Cathy Catroppa, Vicki Anderson
INTRODUCTION: Olfactory dysfunction (OD) has been suggested as a possible marker of executive function (EF) deficits after traumatic brain injury (TBI) in adults. Little is known about the relationship between EF and OD in pediatric TBI (pTBI). This study aimed to investigate EF, explore the relationship between OD and EF, and determine the utility of olfactory performance as a marker of later EF in pTBI. It was hypothesized that (i) children with TBI would perform more poorly on EF measures relative to normative expectation; (ii) children with OD would perform more poorly on tests of EF than those with normal olfaction after TBI; and (iii) acute olfactory function would predict later EF for children with TBI...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112677/seeing-how-we-smell
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Helene Benveniste, Yuri Lazebnik, Nora D Volkow
PET allows noninvasive imaging of a variety of events in the body, including the activity of neuronal circuits in the brain that are involved in cognition and behaviors, by using radiotracers that detect relevant biological reactions. A major impediment to expanding PET applications to study the brain has been the lack of radiotracers that can identify and measure specific types of neurons or glial cells. In this issue of the JCI, Van de Bittner and colleagues describe a promising step toward solving this problem by identifying and describing a radiotracer, [11C]GV1-57, that appears to specifically label olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs), which are essential for olfaction (Figure 1)...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107119/olfaction-new-understandings-diagnostic-applications
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Gabrielle F Ruggiero, Jeannette Y Wick
Estimates indicate that 14 million Americans have olfactory dysfunction. As with other senses, such as sight and hearing, olfaction frequently declines with age. Impaired olfaction can be a warning sign of Parkinson's disease, sometimes occurring before motor symptoms develop. It's also an initial symptom of Alzheimer's dementia (AD); the amyloid plaques and tangles characterizing AD invade the olfactory bulb and hippocampus early in its course, hampering odor identification. Olfactory dysfunction is associated with some serious problems, including inability to smell warning odors (fire, gas) and impaired ability to taste food...
November 1, 2016: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103755/what-makes-a-better-smeller
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Asifa Majid, Laura Speed, Ilja Croijmans, Artin Arshamian
Olfaction is often viewed as difficult, yet the empirical evidence suggests a different picture. A closer look shows people around the world differ in their ability to detect, discriminate, and name odors. This gives rise to the question of what influences our ability to smell. Instead of focusing on olfactory deficiencies, this review presents a positive perspective by focusing on factors that make someone a better smeller. We consider three driving forces in improving olfactory ability: one's biological makeup, one's experience, and the environment...
January 1, 2017: Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039314/olfaction-and-risk-of-dementia-in-a-biracial-cohort-of-older-adults
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Kristine Yaffe, Daniel Freimer, Honglei Chen, Keiko Asao, Andrea Rosso, Susan Rubin, Greg Tranah, Steve Cummings, Eleanor Simonsick
OBJECTIVE: Prior studies indicate that olfactory function may be an early marker for cognitive impairment, but the body of evidence has been largely restricted to white populations. METHODS: We studied 2,428 community-dwelling black and white older adults (baseline age 70-79 years) without dementia enrolled in the Health, Aging, and Body Composition (Health ABC) study. Olfaction was measured as odor identification (OI) with the 12-item Cross Cultural Smell Identification Test in year 3...
January 31, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038387/on-the-nose-olfactory-disturbances-in-patients-with-transient-epileptic-amnesia
#14
Sharon A Savage, Christopher R Butler, Fraser Milton, Yang Han, Adam Z Zeman
OBJECTIVE: While olfactory hallucinations are relatively rare in epilepsy, a high prevalence (up to 42%) has been reported in one form - Transient Epileptic Amnesia (TEA). TEA is characterized by recurring amnestic seizures and is commonly associated with persistent interictal memory deficits. Despite reports of changes in smell, olfactory ability has not been objectively assessed in this group. The aim of this study was to measure olfactory ability in patients with TEA and explore whether olfactory symptoms relate to other clinical variables...
December 27, 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007787/factors-associated-with-inaccurate-self-reporting-of-olfactory-dysfunction-in-older-us-adults
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Dara R Adams, Kristen E Wroblewski, David W Kern, Michael J Kozloski, William Dale, Martha K McClintock, Jayant M Pinto
Self-reported olfactory function has poor sensitivity (i.e., people with measured olfactory dysfunction are unlikely to accurately report it). We aimed to identify factors associated with lack of awareness of smell dysfunction. Objective odor identification was evaluated using a validated 5-item test in respondents from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, a representative sample of home-dwelling, US adults ages 57-85 (n = 1468). Self-reported olfaction was assessed with a 5-point Likert scale...
December 22, 2016: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868477/association-between-olfaction-and-higher-cortical-functions-in-alzheimer-s-disease-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-healthy-older-adults
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Amanda M Ward, Matthew Calamia, Erin Thiemann, Jamie Dunlap, Daniel Tranel
INTRODUCTION: Neural regions important for smell are proximal and closely connected to cortical areas that have been strongly implicated in higher order functions of value-based decision making and emotional memory. The integrity of these neural regions are affected in aging and neurodegenerative conditions. Two specific predictions follow from these neuroanatomical arrangements-namely, that olfaction would be associated with value-based decision making and with emotional memory. METHOD: To test these predictions, we measured these different capacities in participants with presumed varying degrees of integrity of the relevant brain structures: specifically, 13 patients with Alzheimer's disease, 8 patients with mild cognitive impairment, and 20 healthy older adults...
November 20, 2016: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860366/the-effect-of-intranasal-sodium-citrate-on-olfaction-in-post-infectious-loss-results-from-a-prospective-placebo-controlled-trial-in-49-patients
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K L Whitcroft, M Ezzat, M Cuevas, P Andrews, T Hummel
OBJECTIVES: Free calcium plays an integral role in peripheral olfactory processing, including feedback inhibition. It has therefore been suggested that reduction of intranasal free calcium with buffer solutions such as sodium citrate may improve olfactory function in patients with smell impairment. Several previous studies have supported this hypothesis, particularly in post-infectious olfactory loss. We therefore aimed to determine whether treatment with intranasal sodium citrate improves olfactory function in patients with post-infectious impairment...
November 10, 2016: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859959/when-preschoolers-follow-their-eyes-and-older-children-follow-their-noses-visuo-olfactory-social-affective-matching-in%C3%A2-childhood
#18
Annachiara Cavazzana, Christiane Wesarg, Julia Parish-Morris, Johan N Lundström, Valentina Parma
Recognition of emotional facial expressions is a crucial skill for adaptive behavior that most often occurs in a multi-sensory context. Affective matching tasks have been used across development to investigate how people integrate facial information with other senses. Given the relative affective strength of olfaction and its relevance in mediating social information since birth, we assessed olfactory-visual matching abilities in a group of 140 children between the ages of 3 and 11 years old. We presented one of three odor primes (rose, fish and no-odor, rated as pleasant or unpleasant by individual children) before a facial choice task (happy vs...
November 17, 2016: Developmental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849216/olfactory-function-and-quality-of-life-after-olfaction-rehabilitation-in-total-laryngectomees
#19
Christiane Gouvêa Dos Santos, Anke Bergmann, Kaliani Lima Coça, Angela Albuquerque Garcia, Tânia Cristina de Oliveira Valente
Purpose: To evaluate the effects of olfaction rehabilitation in the olfactory function and quality of life of total laryngectomized patients. Methods: Pre-post intervention clinical study conducted with total laryngectomees submitted to olfaction rehabilitation by means of the Nasal Airflow-Inducing Maneuver (NAIM) using the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test (UPSIT), Olfactory Acuity Questionnaires, a Monitoring Questionnaire, and the University of Washington Quality of Life Questionnaire (UW-QOL)...
November 2016: CoDAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830335/olfaction-and-sinonasal-symptoms-in-patients-with-crswnp-and-aerd-and-without-aerd-a-cross-sectional-and-longitudinal-study
#20
V Gudziol, M Michel, C Sonnefeld, D Koschel, T Hummel
Oral aspirin challenge (OAC) reveals aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD) in approximately 50% of unselected patients with chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyposis (CRSwNP). Smell loss is one factor that predicts the outcome of OAC. The present study aims to unveil differences in olfactory function between patients with CRSwNP with and without AERD by means of a validated reliable test for odor threshold, discrimination and identification. Additionally, Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and Sinonasal Outcome Test 22 (SNOT 22) were applied...
November 9, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
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