Online Buzz: Peanut Butter May Help Detect Alzheimer's

A dollop of peanut butter and a ruler may soon be a common tool for helping detect early-stage Alzheimer's disease. The Journal of the Neurological Sciences recently published a University of Florida study that used peanut butter to test for loss of smell in patients with suspect cognitive and memory impairment.

The olfactory nerve in the brain's front temporal lobe is responsible for the sense of smell, and this brain's region also forms new memories. Loss of smell and memory are often early indications of Alzheimer's, a progressive brain disorder that affects thinking, memory and behavior.

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