Parkinson’s soon recognized thanks to a Scottish woman’s sense of smell?

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Screening for Parkinson’s disease could be done long before symptoms appear.

SCIENCE – Being able to detect Parkinson’s disease through your sense of smell. This is the story of Joy Milne, a 72 year old Scottish woman. She claimed to have sensed a change in her husband’s scent, a “musk aroma”, six years before he was diagnosed. A rare gift – which is actually a disease – so scientists at the University of Manchester are developing a new screening test based on this extraordinary ability. The results of their study were published in the Journal of the American Chemical SocietySeptember 7, 2022, and forwarded from the telegram.

In laboratory tests, Joy Milne was able to identify sick people by sniffing out plain, previously worn T-shirts. She also spotted the disease on the t-shirt of a person who was healthy but was diagnosed positive eight months later.

Scientists at the time thought the smell might be caused by a chemical change in the skin’s fat – sebum – triggered by Parkinson’s disease. They compared swabs from 79 affected people with those from a control group of 71 healthy people.

Bingo: In 2019 they announced that they had identified molecules linked to the disease in skin samples. Then they develop the test: using a simple cotton swab passed over the back of the neck, they take a sample that they examine to identify the molecules linked to the disease. And recognize with it.

Parkinson’s disease is neurodegenerative and the second most common disease in France after Alzheimer’s. It is characterized by tremors and difficulty moving.

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Although this test has yet to be confirmed, scientists look forward to the launch: The current diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease is based on symptoms and the patient’s medical history, according to the English journal evening standard.

According to Professor Perdita Barran, leader of the research group, whose comments will be shared by the telegram, “There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, but a confirmatory diagnosis would allow those affected to receive the right treatment and receive the medications to help relieve their symptoms. »

Same story with Joy Milne saying it was him “unacceptable” that people with Parkinson’s disease have such severe neurological damage at the time of diagnosis: “I think it needs to be caught much earlier – like cancer and diabetes – earlier diagnosis means much more effective treatment and a better way of life for people. »

Joy Milne is working on other diseases

The 72-year-old Scot is used to working with scientists. She is currently trying to figure out if she can smell cancer or tuberculosis. In fact, she herself suffers from a rare disease that gives her this very keen sense of smell.

She describes it as “Curse and blessing”and explains that she can sometimes smell people with Parkinson’s when she’s in the supermarket, but medical ethicists have told her she can’t tell them, they say telegram.

“What doctor would accept a man or woman walking in and saying, ‘The woman who smells like Parkinson’s told me I had it’? » She asks before adding: “Maybe in the future, but not now. »

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