The team of scientists from the University of Manchester, in England, has developed a test to diagnose the parkinson’s in record time, and it has done so with the help of Joy Milne, a woman who smelled her husband’s illness. Literally. The Scotswoman identified that particular scent and explained it to researchers at the University of Edinburgh.
“You’re not hearing yourself right”Joy told her husband. This woman from Perth, Scotland, now retired, explained in an interview with Sky that the smell did not go away and was mainly on her shoulders and on the back of her neck. For several years she repeated her discovery to her husband, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s when he was 44 years old.
Joy’s husband died in 2015 and she has been helping scientists with these breakthroughs ever since. The woman has hereditary hyperosmia, or an elevated sense of smell. “It is hereditary. My two sisters also have it,” and it is precisely an inheritance from his grandmother, as he told in the interview.
“I have to go shopping very early or very late because of people’s perfumes. I can’t go to the chemical aisle at the supermarket, so yeah, sometimes it’s a curseBut I’ve also been to Tanzania and done research on TB and cancer in the US, just preliminary work,” Milne also said.
“I have high hopes in which an early diagnosis can prevent it from reaching neuronal damage. It will diagnose when constipation and loss of smell (and so on) are present and prevent the disease from progressing further,” he added. The team of researchers has welcomed this step. “This test has the potential to greatly improve diagnosis and treatment. of people with Parkinson’s disease,” they explained.