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Mini-Quiz: Determining Disease by Smell

by Ron Kurtus (25 June 2013)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. How did doctors years ago learn to diagnose illness by smell?

By experience and training to use all their senses

They had a black book to which they referred

Doctors had a better sense of smell since they didn't smoke

2. How can dogs tell if a person has skin cancer?

They have acute vision which can spot the cancer

It depends whether the dog likes the person or not

Melanoma causes the skin to have a different odor

3. How does a device like the Cyranose detect illnesses?

It presses against the skin to squeeze out bad smells

It compares the chemical signature from the person with a database of smells

It monitors the smells of a person who is wearing the device for 24 hours

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in being Healthy. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

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Smelling Diseases - Science Net Links magazine

Canine sense of smell could help diagnose disease - NBC News

Cyrano "Nose" the Smell of Success - NASA

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