Zinc supplements may be effective for taste disorders but more high quality studies are needed

The sense of taste is essential to the health and psychological well-being of an individual. Taste disorders can range from lack of taste, to distortion of taste, to reduced ability to taste. Any disorder in taste perception can lead to conditions like malnutrition and consumption of poisonous food substances. The cause may be due to disease, drugs, radiation treatment, or ageing; or it may result from unknown causes. Various treatment methods have been used to improve taste sensation. These include the use of zinc compounds, pilocarpine, alpha lipoic acid, transcranial magnetic stimulation, ginkgo biloba and acupuncture. Continue reading

New title registered at the Cochrane Oral Health Group

The Cochrane Oral Health Group has registered a new title: Interventions for patients with taste abnormalities.

The review will be led by Professor Sumanth Kumbargere Nagraj from Malaysia, with the assistance of Naresh Yedthare Shetty  and Renjith George (Melaka Manipal Medical College, Malaysia), Kandula Srinivas (AEECS Maaruthi College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Bangalore, India), Ashish Shreshta (BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal) and David Levenson and Debra M Ferraiolo from New York University.

The review will look at any intervention for patients who have a taste disorder, due to systemic illness or idiopathic in nature or drug-induced. The Oral Health Group looks forward to publishing the protocol from this multinational team.