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Do People Transmit Happiness by Smell?

Posted 26 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 – As emotions go, happiness usually hides in plain sight: seen in a broad smile, heard in a raucous laugh, felt in a big hug. But new research suggests there may be a less obvious way to pick up on another person's positive vibes: smell. According to a team of European researchers, happiness may generate chemicals that get secreted in sweat, and that sweat signal gets sniffed by those around us. The experiments also suggest that we not only breathe in the upbeat emotions of others, but by doing so we actually become happier ourselves. "Human sweat produced when a person is happy induces a state similar to happiness in somebody who inhales this odor," said study co-author Gun Semin, a research professor in the department of psychology at Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey, and the Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada in Lisbon, Portugal. The findings were ... Read more

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Scientists Sniff Out Origins of Body Odor

Posted 30 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 30, 2015 – There's new hope for people plagued by body odor, with researchers pinpointing bacterial genes that play a major role in the malodorous scent. The findings might someday lead to new ways to control the problem, the researchers suggested. As the researchers explained, body odor occurs when bacteria on the skin break down molecules in sweat. In the new study, the researchers found the DNA in Staphylococcus hominis bacteria that produce the proteins that break down sweat molecules. These proteins are responsible for breaking the sweat molecules into compounds that play a major role in body odor, the researchers said. These compounds are pungent in tiny amounts – as little as one part per trillion. One of the genes found in S. hominis was also found in two other species of staph bacteria linked to body odor, according to the study. The new research was to be ... Read more

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Health Tip: If You Sweat Excessively

Posted 29 Jun 2010 by Drugs.com

-- Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests these possible treatment options: Prescription or over-the-counter antiperspirants. Immersing hands and feet into cool water and adding a special medical device that delivers very low-voltage electrical current (iontophoresis). Injection of diluted botulinum toxin type A at appropriate spots on the body. Oral medication to help suppress overactive sweat glands. A surgical treatment that interrupts the nervous system's interaction with the sweat glands (sympathectomy). Read more

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