ITM investigator Jayant Pinto, MD, established a connection between loss of smell and dementia. His long-term study found that adults who could not identify at least four out of five common smells were more than twice as likely to develop dementia within five years. His findings could help doctors better identify and treat at-risk patients.

“We need to understand the underlying mechanisms so we can understand neurodegenerative disease and hopefully develop new treatments and preventative interventions,” Pinto said in Science Life.

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