Parkinson’s: The woman who discovered her husband’s disease and helped scientists develop a screening test – BBC News BBC Homepage

Elizabeth Quigley BBC News, Scotland

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Joy first caught the odor of Parkinson’s disease in her husband, who was diagnosed at the age of 45.

A Scottish woman who discovered she could detect Parkinson’s through her sense of smell has prompted scientists to develop a swab test that could be used to diagnose her.

A group of Manchester researchers claim to have developed a new method that can detect the disease in three minutes.

However, before the diagnostic test can be used in clinics or by general practitioners, further studies are needed to validate the results.

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