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How Smells Impact our Emotions and Behaviours – an Interview with Dr. Rachel Herz

Fifth Sense recently sat down with Dr. Rachel Herz, a neuroscientist and pyschologist with an interest in smell and taste loss, and how this impacts our behaviours, our food preferences and choice of partner. Her latest book, “Why You Eat What You Eat” has recently been published in the UK, and she has offered a […]

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Fifth Sense Scotland Event – Potluck and Sunshine

Fifth Sense Scotland have had another successful meetup in Cupar, Fife, this time hosted by member Anne and her partner Brian. Volunteer Julie said that everyone had a lovely time and the food and drink was delicious – the chilli and ginger gin cocktails were especially popular. She thanks everyone  who contributed to the event, […]

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Recent Publications of Interest to Members who Suffer from Chronic RhinoSinusitis (CRS)

Regular readers of the newsletter we send to Fifth Sense members will have seen that a major study of the treatment of CRS has been funded by the NHS and is now in its pilot phase – the MACRO programme. However, not everyone will be familar with this, so to explain in a little more […]

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Report from the European Rhinologic Society Congress

Fifth Sense had a stand at the European Rhinologic Society Congress (ERS) on 22-25 April, which gave us a great opportunity to engage with clinicians with an interest in rhinology (diseases of the nose and sinuses) from around the world.  Volunteers Ed Shardlow, Ruth Sullivan and Sue Clarke and our founder Duncan Boak represented Fifth Sense at […]

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Fifth Sense Newcastle Member Lunch Meetup

Fifth Sense volunteer Joanne organised another great event, this time a lunchtime gathering in The Town Wall, Newcastle upon Tyne. Most of the attendees had been to other meetings and events, but there were one or two new faces, who were quickly made welcome. Over drinks and food, everyone swapped stories – how and when […]

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Student Filmmaker Looking for People affected by Post-traumatic Olfactory Loss

Alice Shaw, a student at Salford University, had a fall at work which caused a head injury and ultimately led to her losing her sense of smell. Alice is determined to see the positives in her accident, and is producing a short film featuring others affected by Post-traumatic Olfactory Loss (PTOL) as part of her […]

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Fifth Sense Launch Survey to Gather Top Tips for Living with a Smell and Taste Disorder

To mark Anosmia Awareness Day, 27th February 2018, Fifth Sense has launched a survey to gather Top Tips for living with a smell and taste disorder so we can share these to benefit others. The causes and symptoms vary widely from person to person but by sharing our personal triumphs – be it ways you’ve […]

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BBC’s The Food Chain Tackles Smell and Taste Loss

The Food Chain is a BBC radio show which “examines the business, science and cultural significance of food, and what it takes to put food on your plate.” A recent programme, entitled “I Can’t Taste!” looked at the impact that smell and taste disorders  can have on people. The programme looked at what people eat […]

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General Data Protection Regulations – A Short Statement

Some of you may be aware that data protection regulations are changing.  A new act entitled the General Data Protection Regulations comes into force on 25th May 2018.  This has implications for all organisations that hold data about individuals and Fifth Sense is no exception.  Members of the board of trustees and volunteering team are […]

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Christmas food tips from Fifth Sense

Fifth Sense includes a ‘Food Tips’ column in the monthly newsletters we send to our members.  We thought we’d publish this month’s issue on our website to send some Christmas cheer at what can be a tough time if you’re affected by a problem with your sense of smell or taste.  Over to our volunteer […]

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How Your Sense of Smell is Influenced by Genetic and Environmental Influences

A study published earlier this year by a team of British and American scientists has found that being exposed to a smell over a long period of time improves the efficiency of a person being able to detect it. Genetics plays a large part in this, as the scent-detecting organ at the back of the […]

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A Not So Tasteless Christmas Lunch!

Fifth Sense members in Scotland have had another wonderful social event, this time a ‘tasteless’ meal for their Christmas get-together. Volunteer and organiser Julie explained that the event was billed as ‘tasteless’, for those with smell and taste disorders, but the meal was anything but! The group went to an Indian restaurant, Tabla in Perth, […]

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Fifth Sense 2017 Members Conference Report

The 2017 Fifth Sense Members Conference was held on 5 November at St George’s Conference Centre in Leeds and we’re delighted to say it was a really positive and successful event.  This was our fourth Members Conference and the first since the 2015 event at the University of Surrey in Guildford.  We decided to hold […]

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Fifth Sense Secures Registered Charity Status

We are delighted to announce that Fifth Sense has been awarded registered charity status. Our board of trustees put together a detailed and thorough application to the Charities Commission, which was approved the day before our conference, and our charity number is 1175553. Fifth Sense has been a charity since we formed our board of […]

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Fifth Sense volunteers and clinicians working together to educate ENT professionals in Scotland

We recently received some great news from Consultant ENT Surgeon Mr Paul White at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.  Mr White and fellow clinician Richard Green gave a presentation on smell and taste disorders in partnership with  Fifth Sense member volunteers, Julie Wilson and James Martin, at ENT Scotland meeting in the summer in front of an […]

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Fifth Sense Newcastle Patient Information Day

Fifth Sense held a patient information day in conjunction with clinicians from the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and researchers from Newcastle University on 30th September. The day was an enormous success, and many attendees commented on how good it was to talk to others with sense and taste disorders, to hear shared experiences and to […]

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