Huntington's disease

By:Mr.better then you (Adam)

What it is

Huntington's disease is an inherited disease that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Huntington's disease has a broad impact on a person's functional abilities and usually results in movement, thinking and psychiatric disorders.George Huntington found this disease and named it after him

The symptoms

Involuntary jerking or writhing movement

Slow or abnormal eye movement

Impaired gait, posture and balance

Difficulty with the physical production of speech or swallowing

Lack of awareness of one's own behaviors and abilities

Slowness in processing thoughts or ''finding'' words

Difficulty in learning new information

Rapid, significant drop in overall school performance

Treatments. Cures?

  1. Some of the features of Huntington's disease can be managed with medication and therapies, which may be coordinated by specialist teams. Therapies, such as speech and language therapy and occupational therapy, can help with communication and day-to-day living. Regular exercise is also very important.

there is no cures for huntington's disease

What is Huntington's Disease?
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  • Psychiatric and cognitive symptoms of early Huntington’s Disease begin approximately 8-15 years before onset of motor symptoms; many of these symptoms are treatable.
  • The aggressive treatment of depressive symptoms and irritability may allow individuals to remain productive longer, and improve quality of life for the patient and family.
  • Finding productive work, whether home-based, volunteer, or paid, will help patients maintain self-esteem.
  • Only 20k to 200k US cases every year it's very rare

Found in chromosome 4