Title Science behind the smell of Parkinson´s discovered by researchers Media name/outlet Mail Online Media type Web Country/Territory United Kingdom Date 20/03/19 Description A Scottish woman’s ability to smell Parkinson’s disease has led scientists to identify what causes the telltale odour, raising hopes for a new early diagnosis tool.
Joy Milne, a retired nurse from Perth, said she detected a subtle change in how her late husband Les smelled prior to him being diagnosed with the progressive neurological condition.
The 68-year-old described it as a “musky” scent and approached a researcher at a Parkinson’s UK lecture.
A Manchester University study inspired by her apparent ability to smell a substance associated with the condition began in 2015 and the findings are now being published in the journal ACS Central Science.
URL https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-6829415/Science-smell-Parkinson-s-discovered-researchers.html Persons Perdita Barran Title 'Super-smeller' helps develop swab test for Parkinson's disease Media name/outlet The Guardian Media type Web Country/Territory United Kingdom Date 20/03/19 Description Scientists have developed a test for Parkinson’s disease based on its signature odour after teaming up with a woman who can smell the condition before tremors and other clinical symptoms appear.
The test could help doctors diagnose patients sooner and identify those in the earliest stages of the disease, who could benefit from experimental drugs that aim to protect brain cells from being killed off.
URL https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/mar/20/super-smeller-helps-develop-swab-test-for-parkinsons-disease Persons Perdita Barran Title Woman capable of sniffing out Parkinson’s disease offers hope for new diagnosis method Media name/outlet The Independent Media type Web Country/Territory United Kingdom Date 20/03/19 Description A woman’s astonishing ability to sniff out Parkinson’s disease has raised hopes for a new tool to diagnose the devastating condition.
Joy Milne, a retired nurse from Perth in Scotland, noticed a “musky” smell from her husband Les before he was diagnosed with the neurological disease in 1985.
Now scientists have managed to track down what initially triggered the tell-tale odour.
URL https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/parkinsons-disease-symptoms-smell-woman-diagnosis-health-a8831261.html Persons Perdita Barran Title Parkinson's smell test explained by science Media name/outlet BBC News Online Media type Web Country/Territory United Kingdom Date 20/03/19 Description A Scottish woman who astonished doctors with her ability to detect Parkinson's disease through smell has helped scientists find what causes the odour.
Researchers in Manchester said they had identified the molecules on the skin linked to the smell and hope it could lead to early detection.
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-47627179 Persons Perdita Barran
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