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Super smeller reveals smells associated with Alzheimer's, liver disease and cancer



A 'super smeller' who sniffed out her husband's Parkinson's a decade before it was diagnosed has revealed the tell-tale scents associated with other diseases.

Former nurse Joy Milne, of Glasgow, told her husband Les was smelling differently when he was still in his 30s, describing the scent as a 'woody, musky odor'. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's 12 years later, in 1985.

Joy's nose is so sensitive it's ready to pick up the smell of sebum – oil secreted by the skin – that's by Parkinson's patients.

Speaking on this morning, Joy, now in her late 60s, Parkinson's is not the only disease with a distinct scent.

She has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, while cancer has an 'earthy' scent. Alzheimer's smells 'sweet', but liver disease produces a 'strong smell of bile'.

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 Former nurse Joy Milne, of Glasgow, told how she noticed her husband Les was smelling something more than a decade before what was diagnosed with Parkinson's.

Former nurse Joy Milne, of Glasgow, who told her husband something was smelling more than a decade before what was diagnosed with Parkinson's.

Joy has previously told how she first became aware of her unique talent aged 21, when she was diagnosed with the smell of liver cancer working as a nurse in a hospital.

The observation was dismissed and did not mention the idea again until Les's diagnosis.

Speaking on her early observations, Joy said on this morning: 'I was able to tell from the beginning. It was sebum from the forehead, through the hair and down the back of the neck, and it's growing in people with Parkinson's. '

She continued:' It's started with my husband. I noticed a different smell of him. He did not like perfumes or deodorants, he just had a nice musky smell of a male, but then I smelt this thanks, heavy musk, which was not nice.

 Joy, pictured on This Morning, has suggested tuberculosis smelled of brine, while cancer has an 'earthy' scent. Alzheimer's smells 'sweet', but liver disease produces a 'strong smell of bile'

Joy, pictured on This Morning, has suggested tuberculosis smelled of brine, while cancer has an 'earthy' scent. Alzheimer's smells' sweet ', but liver disease produces a' strong smell of bile '

' We went to our first Parkinson's meeting. After I said to him: "I think you should sit down." I

'You do not go around asking people how they smell. I was not aware of what he heightened as it is. I realize that now. '

Doctor Chris added:' Sebum is the oil in the skin, and people with Parkinson's secret a certain amount. So you can detect that. '

Parkinson's biomarkers that could lead to a new diagnostic test.

The grandmother's nose was also used during a visit to Tanzania, when she met with people battling tuberculosis.

She continued: 'I picked the first swab from a cigarette and smelled it.'

Meanwhile in California she helped out with a friend in commenting on the potential scents associated with cancer.

 Joy's late husband Les (right) was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1985, but 12 years earlier Joy noticed a change in his scent, which was alerted to his illness

How to find the cause of the Parkinson's odor

In a new study by The University of Manchester, the grandmother and formerly used to separate those with and without the neurological Condition based on the scent of oils wiped from their backs.

Parkinson's early – doctors are currently being forced to rely on symptoms alone.

Perdita Barran, a professor of mass spectrometry.

Dr Barran led research which revealed Mrs. Milne could detect 'Parkinson's odor' when sebum – the waxy oil that keeps skin moisturized – is collected from a patient's back but not when it comes from their armpits.

Parkinson's patients and 21 controls.

Excessive sebum production is a symptom of Parkinson's, with sufferers also having higher levels of the protein α-synuclein in their skin.

Mrs Milne then set about sniffing the samples vi a 'odour port'.

ACS Central Science published the Smeller detected a characteristic Musky smell in those with Parkinson's.

Around one in every 350 adults in the UK are diagnosed with Parkinson's, according to Parkinson's UK.

And more than 10 million people are living with the disease in the US, Parkinson's Foundation statistics

'Dogs have been detecting cancer for years,' she said. 'It definitely has a smell. It's an earthy smell.

Joy went on to claim Alzheimer's smells 'sweet' and at first, but soon it turns into a 'nasty' fragrance.

She went on: 'It's a vanilla smell. It starts smelling sweet and then it turns quite nasty. A neurological thanks and musky smell. '

Meanwhile,' liver disease you get that really strong smell of bile, 'she noted. Doctor Chris agreed: 'It smells almost fecal.'

Presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby were impressed with Joy's skill, but she insisted it is a huge 'responsibility'. So it can not be used in diagnosis.

Parkinson's disease is incurable, and Phillip asked his guests if it was any good.

Doctor Chris replied: 'You are not going to cure it. But if you are aware of this is the way your body is going, you can delay the deterioration and in that time you can improve your quality of life. '

Joy has claimed people suffering from Parkinson's disease smell of sebum, which Doctor Chris confirmed.

 Presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby were impressed with Joy's skill, but she insisted it is a huge 'responsibility'. Pictured, the trio with Dr. Chris on This Morning Today

Presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby were impressed with Joy's skill, but she insisted it is a huge 'responsibility'.

'HE BEGAN TO SMELL UNPLEASANT TO ME': NURSE DETECTS 'MUSKY, GREASY ODOR' IN HER HUSBAND A DECADE BEFORE HE DIAGNOSED

 Mrs Milne noticed a 'musky 'greasy sort of odour' in her husband Les (pictured). He was diagnosed a decade later and died in 2015 aged 65

Mrs Milne noticed a 'musky, greasy sort of odor' in her husband Les (pictured). He was diagnosed a decade later and died in 2015 65

Joy and Les Milne were childhood sweethearts who started dating just 16.

When they reached their mid-30s, Mrs Milne – then a nurse – noticed a change in her husband's odour.

'He began to smell unpleasant to me and although we were a loving couple, I was always aware of it,' she said.

Mrs Milne described it as' musky, greasy sort of odour ', and would nag her husband to shower and brush his teeth more.

It was a decade later, at the age of 45, that Mr Milne was finally diagnosed with Parkinson's after battling the tell-tale tremors, as well as fatigue and impotence.

Mr. Milne's personality changed, with the gentle doctor lashing out at his wife on two occasions, once bruising her face.

'As it was happening, his eyes looked blank, like he had no idea what he was doing,' Mrs Milne said.

Over the next 20 years, the former swimmer and water-polo player became dependent on a walking frame.

He was even forced to retire from his job as a consultant anesthetist due to his tremors and reduced concentration.

 The couple (pictured on their wedding day) started dating at just 16 years old

' Afterwards, he said: "The people with Parkinson's in that room smelt the same as you," Mrs Milne said. [In1965shecontactedtheParkinson'sresearcherTiloKunathofEdinburghUniversitywhoputherskillstoworkThetestayearlater

After a volunteer to wear a T-shirt for 24 hours, Mrs. Milne correctly identified the disease status of 11 of them – with the only one she was diagnosed with being wrong the following year. [19659002] Shortly after, Mr Milne lost his battle with Park inson's aged 65.

Ms. Milne has been diagnosed with the smell of Parkinson's.

But Parkinson's is not the only disease.

As a student nurse

And while training as a midwife, she could tell whether or not she was a woman by the scent of her placenta.


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