Old People Smell Different, Not Worse – NPR

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If you’ve ever spent time where the elderly congregate, you may have wondered: Do old people smell different?

Well, it’s not just you. Old and young people do give off distinctive odors, according to a study just published online in the journal PLoS ONE. Researchers from the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia and Sweden’s Karolinska Institute found that people can reliably distinguish the body odor of elderly people from a whiff of the young or middle-aged.

But contrary to the stereotype, the characteristic odor of the elderly is actually pretty neutral. And it’s a lot more pleasant than the body odor coming from younger folks — especially the guys.

See full article go to http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/05/30/154002344/old-people-smell-different-not-worse

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