Progeria Project: Nathan Rubin
Learn all about Progeria in this presentation!
What is Progeria?
How Is Progeria Passed From One Generation To The Next?
Some Pictures Of Progeria...
*Note: Progeria Is a Dominant Gene and Is Associated With A "Misspelling" On Chromosome One*
Symptoms Of Progeria
There is a large variety of symtoms that come with progeria, including a short stature, slow growth, underdeveloped jaw, skin wrinkles/dryness, hair loss, delayed tooth development, enlarged head, hearing loss, high-pitched voice, incomplete sexual maturation, joint stiffness, loss of muscle, osteoarthritis, and taut skin
Quality Of Life: The quality of life for children with progeria isn't miserable, but it is pretty bad. Children that are not even very old have the same qualities as an elderly person, so they have trouble doing day-to-day physical activity and other things, but some kids affected with the disease have a very positive outlook and do whatever they can to have the best life possible.
Outlook On The Future: Children with progeria don't have much of a future because they usually die at a very young age, which means missing important things in life that most other people get to do. Many children are aware of this but still maintain a positive attitude and do as much as they are able to do.
Possible Treatments For Progeria
Statin: Pravastatin (Pravachol), Simvastatin (Zocor), Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
Other treatments: Zoledronic acid by injection (Zometa)
Devices: Hearing aid
Procedures: Dental extraction
Therapies: Occupational therapy, Physical therapy
How Is Progeria Diagnosed? How Common Is It?
Rarity: This disease is extremely rare, and fewer than 1,000 cases are recorded each year. Just over 100 known cases are present in the world as of 2016.
Note: This disease is not more common regardless the group of people