+ A sniff test may soon be available to help identify if someone is at high risk for Parkinson’s disease! The  2004 Nobel Prize in Physiology went to scientists (Richard Axel and Linda B. Buck) who ID’ed 4-10,000 odors we can recognize. The nerve for human smell – olfactory nerve (cranial nerve-1 -CN1) contains 6–10 million receptor cells. Impressive! Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disease, the study* followed people for 9.8 years with poor ability to smell indicating in the short and intermediate term likelihood of developing the disease.

 

+ A new online therapy program** was developed to remedy insomnia but it incidentally helped to improve hallucinations and paranoia conditions.

**Source Reference: Lallukka T and Sivertsen B “Sleep improvement by internet-based cognitive behaviouraltherapy might help prevent mental health disorders” Lancet Psych 2017; DOI: 10.1016/S2215-0366(17)30360-7.