Does this smell like rotten fish to you?

Published April 29, 2020

A “smell test” for peo­ple with brain injuries has a 100% suc­cess rate in pre­dict­ing whether patients would regain con­scious­ness.

Unconscious peo­ple who var­ied their inhal­ing in response to scents were most like­ly to regain con­scious­ness. And even those who were appar­ent­ly in a veg­e­ta­tive state — if they turned out to vary their sniff­ing “they lat­er tran­si­tioned to at least a min­i­mal­ly con­scious state.”

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