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A nose for the future Robert Hickson Oct 23

It’s been a big time for noses recently. Who would have picked that?
First up, a paper in PLOS ONE  indicated that losing one’s sense of smell may be a predictor (statistically speaking) of your demise (at least if you are older than 57). The authors speculate
Olfactory function is thus one of the strongest predictors of 5-year mortality and may serve as a bellwether for slowed cellular regeneration or as a marker of cumulative toxic environmental exposures.
Many folk, young and old, have sniffed at these results, proclaiming that they can’t smell a thing and have been hale and hearty for many …

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