Meet The Super Sniffer Who Can Sniff Parkinson’s Disease

Joy Milne is the 65-year-old amazing woman with a special sense of smell. Scientists in Scotland recently got wind of the fact that she can actually sniff out people with the Parkinson’s disease!

Speaking, Joy Milne said: “I could always smell things other people couldn’t smell.”

Milne, revealed that it was much later that she began to come to terms with a particular ‘musky’ odor of the Parkinson’s disease. She first got a faint smell of the disease when her husband Les, an anesthesiologist who worked long hours, began to emit a peculiar smell.

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Photo Credit: Joy Milne

At first, she brushed it off as sweat, but after six years, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

In her words, “His smell changed and it seemed difficult to describe, It wasn’t all of a sudden. It was very subtle – a musky smell. I got an occasional smell.”

Milne still couldn’t place the smell until she attended a meeting for the charity Parkinson’s UK, it was there she found other patients that shared the same musky scent with the one she smells from her husband.

Upon mentioning it to a few scientists in passing, they decided to investigate it and it was carried out by the University of Edinburgh where researchers gave out T-shirts to six Parkinson’s patients and six healthy people to wear for a day and the used shirts were passed to Milne.

She carried out the investigation by smelling the shirts of the participants to distinguish who had the disease. And surprisingly, her diagnoses were accurate  as she was able to correctly identify 11 out of 12 shirts. The one shirt that she got wrong belonged to an healthy person – she continued to insist that they had the ‘warning scent’. And she was right – eight months after the study, that individual was diagnosed with the disease.

According to Tilo Kunath, a scientist at Edinbutgh University, “That really impressed us, we had to dig further into this phenomenon.”

 

 

 

 

source: oddity central

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