7th September 2022

Nose to Diagnose: Sniffing Out Parkinson’s Disease

Nose to Diagnose: Sniffing Out Parkinson’s Disease

A pioneering research project into Parkinson’s disease has been honoured with a major award from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Joy Milne, 72, who noticed her husband smelled different, more than 12 years before he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, has helped scientists develop a test that spots the disease.

Joy said her late husband, Les, “developed the smell when he was just coming up for 32”.

Parkinson’s disease is a condition in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years, resulting in a range of physical and psychological symptoms. This team, led by scientists at The University of Manchester, have developed a technique which works by analysing compounds found in sebum (the oily substance that coats and protects the skin) to identify changes in people with Parkinson’s disease. Sebum is rich in lipid-like molecules and is one of the lesser studied biological fluids in the diagnosis of the condition.

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