Researchers now using peanut butter to test for Alzheimer’s disease

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FLORIDA- Researchers may have discovered a new way to test for Alzheimer’s disease.

Ever heard of the peanut butter test?

According to HealthNewsDigest, “The ability to smell is associated with the first cranial nerve and is often one of the first things to be affected in cognitive decline,” from the University of Florida, researchers from which conducted the experiment.

In Alzheimer’s patients, the sense of smell is affected in a very particular way: The left nostril is significantly more impaired than the right.

It may be strange, but it’s true.

Jennifer Stamps, a graduate from the UF Mcknight Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste, came up with the idea of using peanut butter because she said it’s a so called “pure odorant.”

The experiment involved capping one nostril and measuring the distance at which the patient could detect about a tablespoon of peanut butter.

This could be a great, inexpensive way to detect Alzheimer’s disease.

For more information about “The peanut butter test” go to Health News Digest

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