2 Your Health: Smell Test for Alzheimer's; Gym Members Have High - WBAY

2 Your Health: Smell Test for Alzheimer's; Gym Members Have Higher GPAs


Your sense of smell could help doctors determine whether you have Alzheimer's disease.

Doctors say this test could allow for people to be treated for Alzheimer's earlier.

Scientists say the research shows that a decreased ability to correctly identify odors could be associated with loss of brain cell function.

The findings were reported at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Denmark.

More research is needed, but doctors say this so-called smell test is promising because it's a non-invasive way of helping to determine if someone has Alzheimer's disease.

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A new study shows college students who have memberships to their college gyms or play recreational sports have higher grade point averages than those who don't.

Their GPAs were more than a tenth of a point higher, on average, according to research from Michigan State University.

The more active students were also less likely to drop out of school.

Experts say it may be because the students feel more of a connection to their schools when they belong to the gym or play in intramural sports leagues.

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