What is Huntington's Disease?
- Mood swings
- Impaired judgement
- Involuntary movements
- Slurred speech
- Weight loss
- Difficulty swallowing
- Unsteady balance
Testing for Huntington's Disease
Individuals who are at risk for having Huntington's Disease can be able to test for it at a genetic testing center. Although some may not see the point in finding out, it is a completely personal choice. Testing a child who may have HD in the future is usually prohibited since they may not understand the implications of their situation. However, children can be tested for juvenile onset HD if the parent wishes so. Testing can also be done for an unborn child if they are at risk of developing HD.
Treatments and Cures
So far, there is no cure for Huntington's Disease or a way to prevent it yet. However, there has been research going on since the HTT gene was discovered to cure HD. As for treatments, certain symptoms like depression or involuntary movements, a person with HD can take medication. In the later stages of the disease, the best thing for the individual is to support them through their hard times.
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