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Recently, we received a question about whether pollutants or radon could cause ‘forgetfulness.' As a result I want to throw some light on this very complex area. We often think of symptoms that include changes in memory, memory loss and, in some cases, confusion, as some type of dementia. However there are also many other diseases and conditions where these symptoms may be present.
As yet we do not know why people get Alzheimer's and indeed whether Alzheimer's has one cause or, more likely, is multi-causal. This means scientists are looking at all types of agents, at physical changes in the brain and nervous system, at risk factors such as an individual's genetic make up, diet, age, heart disease and many other things to see if they affect how Alzheimer's disease begins and evolves.
Pollutants such as metals are also an obvious target for investigation for contributory causes for Alzheimer's. But their roles are not necessarily straight forward. In May 2011, Dorian...
Chemotherapy may cause changes in your taste and smell. Foods may taste bitter or rancid, and you may develop a dislike for certain foods. Many people report that their food tastes metallic. This happens because chemotherapy alters the receptor cells in your mouth that tell your brain what flavor you are tasting or what odor you are smelling. These symptoms can continue as long as you are under treatment. Your senses of taste and smell usually return to normal weeks to months after treatment has stopped. Learn more about the causes of changes in your sense of taste or smell and how to manage them.
How to eat if you have changes in your sense of taste and smell:
Try new foods . If you find yourself disliking your favorite foods, try ones that are different from what you normally eat. Be sure to try new foods when you're feeling good so you don't develop more food dislikes.
Eat lightly and several hours before you receive chemotherapy . This helps prevent food aversions caused by nause...
Certain medications can change the way the receptors in your mouth and nose tell your brain what you're tasting or smelling. Some foods may taste bitter, rancid, or metallic. Foods that used to be your favorites may taste different while you're getting treatment. This condition usually only lasts as long as treatment does -- in most cases, your will senses will return to normal a couple months after you're done.
The following breast cancer treatments can affect your sense of taste and smell:
Avastin (chemical name: bevacizumab), a targeted therapy
Some pain medications also can affect your sense of taste and smell.
Managing taste and smell changes
Try new foods . If you find yourself disliking your favorite foods, try foods that are different from what you normally eat. Be sure to try new foods when you're feeling good so you don't develop more food dislikes.
Eat lightly and several hours before you receive chemotherapy . This helps prevent food aversions caused by nau...
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