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Dogs can use their remarkable sense of smell to recognise the specific scent of seizures, researchers said Thursday, raising hope that canine carers could one day protect sufferers before a fit takes hold.
Previous tests have shown dogs are able to detect the odours of certain diseases, including some cancers, diabetes and malaria.
Evidence - Owner - Seizure
There is also anecdotal evidence they can sense that their owner may be about to have a seizure, though this was poorly understood until now.
Researchers in France used five dogs—Casey, Dodger, Lana, Zoey and Roo—in a study to sniff out a scent specifically linked to a human seizure.
Dogs - Variety - Smells - Patients - Body
They presented the dogs with a variety of smells taken from epileptic patients, including body odours emitted during calm activity, while exercising, and during an attack.
Casey, Dodger and Zoey all identified the seizure scent 100 percent of the time, while Lana and Roo sniffed out the right sample two goes out of three.
Results - Expectations - Odour - Seizure - Amelie
"The results went beyond our expectations by showing that there is indeed a general odour of an epileptic seizure," Amelie Catala, a...
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