(Mirror Daily, United States) – A 67-year-old woman from Scotland can smell Parkinson’s disease with an accuracy only seen in specially-trained dogs. Joy Milne claims she learned the new skill because her late husband lived with the condition for nearly two decades.
The woman now wants to help researchers improve their early diagnosis tools, which could help improve the lives of tens of thousands of people worldwide. Doctors who met Mrs. Milne was astonished by her superpower.
Her husband lost the fight against the disease two years ago after being diagnosed at the age of 45.
A group of researchers at Manchester University are now convinced that Parkinson’s Disease has a special odor which can be tracked even by the human nose. The woman claims that she sensed a musky smell in his spouse years before he was officially diagnosed.
Woman Can Sense Parkinson’s Before Diagnosis
She realized that the odor was a red flag for the disease when she met other Parkinson’s disease patients at a support group for her husband. Later, she agreed to take part in some laboratory tests. During those tests, she was able to tell the T-shirts worn by Parkinson’s disease patients from those worn by non-patients.
However, in one of the tests, she was able to identify the T-shirt of a man who was diagnosed with the condition three months later.
I’m in a tiny, tiny, branch of the population, somewhere between a dog and a human,
the Scottish grandma said.
She realized she could sniff out the disease two years ago, months before her husband died. The couple attended a support group that could help her husband better live with the symptoms.
Mrs. Milne recalls that she told her husband at one point that all those people in the support group shared the same odor with him.
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