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Med Hypotheses. 2014 Jul;83(1):101-2. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2014.03.034. Epub 2014 Apr 12.

Chemosensory rehabilitation and malnutrition in the newborn: how far, how close?

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1
Department of Human Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.
2
Neurological Rehabilitation Unit, Cirineo Group, Unicolciencias, Bogota, Colombia.
3
Smell and Taste Center, Department of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA; Unit of Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorders, Mediciencias, Unicolciencias/Universidad Nacional, Bogota, Colombia. Electronic address: feleones@gmail.com.

Abstract

Olfaction is critical to the hedonic appreciation of foods, caloric regulation of food intake, quality of life and taste preferences since birth. However, malnutrition in newborns down-regulates chemosensory function. Thus, olfactory measures might be used as early markers of chemosensory dysfunction in malnutrition, and may also be useful in assessing feeding adjustments during nutritional rehabilitation. Olfactory anomalies originated by malnutrition would be reversed by nutritional rehabilitation following flavor-enhancing odorants.

PMID:
24767809
DOI:
10.1016/j.mehy.2014.03.034
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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