A woman began to notice a change in her husband’s smell.  A smell she described as “musky”.  The smell continued and her husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease some six years after she began to notice the difference in his smell.  Her husband ultimately succumb to the disease.  Following his passing she became involved in the fight against the disease and found the smell she noticed in her husband was the same smell as many of the people who also had Parkinson’s.  A comment to a scientist of her finding led to her being studied.  Dr. Tilo Kunath of Edinburgh University led a study of a total of 12 people.  Half of them had Parkinson’s and the other half did not.  The woman, Joy Milne, was able to accurately determine if a person did or did not have Parkinson’s in 11 out of the 12 subjects – a very strong result!  Her one inaccuracy was a person whom researchers said did not have Parkinson’s, yet Ms. Milne was certain that they did.  Eight months following the study, the person she said did have Parkinson’s was diagnosed with Parkinson’s!  She had accurately identified all 12 study subjects accurately and had, through her smell, diagnosed Parkinson’s before the researchers.

To read the entire article from the BBC on Ms. Milne, please visit http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-34583642

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