New Technique Helps Brain Learn To Smell Again

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Imagine you wake up one day and suddenly can’t smell anything.

No coffee brewing, no bacon sizzling in the pan. And this isn’t a stuffy nose. It’s more like the on/off switch in your brain has been flipped.

Doctors can prescribe steroids or nasal sprays. Surgery is sometimes an option, but for many patients, a lack of smell lingers for months — often years.

But as Todd Bookman from Here & Now contributor WHYY’s The Pulse reports, there’s a new technique that relies on the brain re-learning how to smell.


Todd Bookman, reporter for WHYY in Philadelphia. He tweets @toddbookman.

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