Woman Who Can Smell Parkinson’s Disease Helps Scientists Create Early Detection Test
A former nurse from Scotland who can smell the “musky odor” of Parkinson’s disease has helped scientists create a new test that can detect the illness early. “Super smeller”Joy Milnesays she first noticed the scent on her husband, Les, 12 years before he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, but she didn’t realize what the smell was until she went to a Parkinson’s support group and found everyone in the room smelled the same.
Milne told a neurobiologist who studies the disease about her scent revelation and they have since used her ability to sniff it out to design a test that can detect Parkinson’s sooner, before tremors and other symptoms appear. This could mean more patients could be diagnosed earlier and those who could benefit from experimental drugs could get them.
This amazing nose of Milne’s has also identified the scents of other diseases. She says Alzheimer’s smells “vaguely of vanilla,” and that cancer has “a more earthy odor.” And she’s now working with researchers to identify the scent linked with tuberculosis.
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La-Z-Boy Has Made A Couch With A Built-In McFlurry Chiller
What do you get when you cross McDonald's and La-Z-Boy? One hell of a couch. The two iconic brands have partnered up for the ultimate sweepstakes and are looking to prove "going out is overrated." They are gifting one lucky winner a "McDelivery Couch" that is fully equipped with all your night-in necessities. And we mean everything.
It comes with light-up cupholders, adjustable seats, and a cozy branded blanket. It also includes built-in phone chargers for all food ordering purposes, La-Z-Boy's stain-resistant fabric iClean, and McFlurry Chillers. The McDelivery couch has coolers built into the center consoles that are meant to keep your McFlurry at an optimal 33 degrees.
So how do you score this couch? Head to Twitter and share with McDonald's the menu item you'd enjoy while reclining on your new couch. Be sure to tag #McDeliverySweepstakes, @UberEats, and @McDonalds. The sweepstakes will run from today through April 8 and allows for up to one entry per person per day.