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Besides Alzheimer's can be seen only with peanut butter. Why do researchers use peanut butter ? In people with Alzheimer's, the first part of the brain is decreased in the front temporal lobe. This is the part of the brain that are involved in the process of forming memory and smell new. That is, why in Alzheimer's patients, cognitive abilities affected first look of this disease is difficult to process and remember the smell of something.
It is used as a handle a student of the University of Florida named Jennifer Stamps to find a simple way to test the sharpness of the sense of smell patients. Tests were done based on the fact that people with Alzheimer's more frequently degenerates (decrease) in the left brain.
Stamps proved it by asking people who visit the clinic McKnight Brain Institute 's Center for Smell and Taste, University of Florida, to shut their eyes and close one nostril. Then they asked if I could kiss the proffered peanut butter on them or not.
This test was repeated for a second time with the other participants live close the hole. Stamps also use a ruler to determine how far apart the peanut butter with a nostril so that participants can be detected by the participants.
The result is surprising because patients who were later diagnosed with Alzheimer's has left nostril (which is connected to the left side of the brain) is much more sensitive to the smell of peanut butter instead of the right nostril
And the participants were later diagnosed with Alzheimer's, the average distance between the peanut butter with his left nostril as of 3.9 inch (10 cm) closer than the right nostril, before finally they could smell the aroma of jam.
This shows how much degeneration (decrease) that occurs in the left brain, because the closer spacing of peanut butter with a nostril then the more severe brain degeneration.
"That way we can use it to confirm the diagnosis. Yet we still plan on trying out this method in patients with mild cognitive impairment in order to see whether this test can be used to predict which patients are affected by Alzheimer's," said Stamps (reported by LiveScience).
According to professor of neurology at the University of Florida who also helps Stamps found this simple method, Dr. Kenneth M. Heilman, tests using the peanut butter could be used by the clinics are not equipped with advanced medical equipment such as MRI scans or CT scans are often used to determine the presence or absence of symptoms of Alzheimer's disease in a person.