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A Woman Can Identify Someone With This Disease By Scent

A Woman Can Identify Someone With This Disease By Scent

A Scottish woman may revolutionize the way Parkinson's is diagnosed with her extremely unique talent, Women in the World reports.

Joy Milne, 65, can smell Parkinson's disease.

Six years before Milne's husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's, she had noticed a subtle, musky smell from him.

However she didn't make the connection with the odor and the disease until she joined the charity Parkinson's UK, and met people with the same distinct odor.

At a talk, Milne told scientists about the connection she made with the musky odor and the disease.

Scientists tested Joy, having her smell the t-shirts of 12 people, six of which had been diagnosed with the disease and six who hadn't.

She successfully identified the six people with the diagnosis.

Women in the World reports not only did she correctly identify the individuals with the disease, she also detected the smell on a person in the group who, at the time, wasn't diagnosed but was diagnosed with the disease eight months later.

"This study is potentially a transformation for the lives of people living with Parkinson's," said Katherine Crawford, the Scotland director of Parkinson's UK.

Milne hopes it will make a real difference to people with the disease. 

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