The amazing way woman detected husband’s Parkinson’s disease: ‘His smell changed’

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SCOTLAND– A woman in Scotland detected her husband’s Parkinson’s disease through smell.

Joy Milne told BBC News, “His smell changed and it seemed difficult to describe. It wasn’t all of a sudden. It was very subtle – a musky smell.”

Milne said she only linked the smell to the disease when she joined a Parkinson’s charity and met people with the same odor.  She mentioned it to scientists at an event; they tested her ‘smelling theory’ on patients who had the disease and people who didn’t. Her accuracy was 12 out of 12.

Her husband, Les, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s six years after she detected the different smell. He passed away this past June.



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