‘Sniff test’ may help reveal if you’re at Alzheimer’s risk

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Soon, diagnosing early Alzheimer’s disease may be as simple as measuring a person’s sense of smell.

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A new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania confirms that administering a simple sniff test can enhance the accuracy of diagnosing this dreaded disease.

Neurologists have been eager to find new ways to identify people who are at high risk of Alzheimer’s dementia but do not yet show any symptoms. There is a widespread consensus that Alzheimer’s medications now under development may not work after dementia has set in.The sniff test also appears to be useful for diagnosing a pre-dementia condition called mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which often progresses to Alzheimer’s dementia within a few years.

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