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Latest Hyposmia Stories

2011-04-18 21:27:05

Most patients who have a reduced ability to smell or detect odors seem to attach less importance to the sense of smell in their daily lives than people with a normal olfactory function, according to a report in the April issue of Archives of Otolaryngology "“ Head & Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Disorders of the sense of smell are common," the authors provide as background information in the article. "In the general population, hyposmia [reduced ability to smell]...

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2010-07-20 06:56:43

Popular zinc-based nasal gels and sprays sold over-the-counter as common cold remedies are ineffective, and can even cause the loss of smell, according to a study published Monday. Clinical trials of the zinc-based therapies showed they did not prevent or reduce the duration of common colds, and were linked to a loss of smell, the study's authors found. "In addition to concerns regarding the efficacy of intranasal zinc therapy, increasing evidence indicates that this medication may be linked...

2009-10-19 17:27:30

Treatment with a glucocorticoid medication, either alone or in combination with Ginkgo biloba, appears to significantly improve the sense of smell in individuals with previous olfactory loss due to upper respiratory infections, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Otolaryngology"“Head & Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Olfactory loss [loss of the sense of smell] is common and can be caused by head trauma, chronic sinonasal inflammation and viral...

2008-06-18 18:00:45

German scientists say they've found the brain's olfactory bulb appears to change in size in a way that corresponds to changes in people's sense of smell. Dr. Antje Haehner and colleagues at the University of Dresden Medical School studied 20 patients with loss of sense of smell, or olfactory loss. Once during 2003-04 and again 13 to 19 months later the patients underwent a brain scan and an assessment of olfactory function. At the first assessment, seven of the 20 patients had no sense of...