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Could a Fading Sense of Smell Point to Earlier Death?

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Could a Fading Sense of Smell Point to Earlier Death?

Older adults who have trouble smelling the roses -- literally -- may face an increased risk of dying in the next several years, new research suggests. In a study of over 3,000 older Americans, researchers found those who were unable to detect scents such as rose, orange and peppermint were more than three times as likely to die in the next five years, versus those with a sharp sense of smell. In fact, anosmia -- the inability to distinguish odors -- was a bigger predictor of death than major killers such as heart disease, lung disease or cancer, the researchers...

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