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National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2010-2012: Chemosenses Component

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The purpose of this agreement is to provide funding for a collaborative effort with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) to pilot test the chemosenses component in persons age 40 and older, and implement in the survey pending a successful pilot. The chemosenses component will consist of 1) household interview questions to define the prevalence of self-reported taste and smell disorders, and to identify risk factors and confounders for the analysis of the taste and smell exam data; 2) smell testing using two modified Pocket Smell Identification Tests, a "scratch and sniff' test with 8 odorants; and 3) taste testing performed using small amounts of liquids that can be spit out afterwards. For Taste testing, the respondent will be asked both to identify and to rate the intensity of the stimulus.

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