Huntington's Disease

Raye Merlin

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What is Huntington's Disease?

Huntington's Disease is a disease in which an individual's brain is affected, making it hard for the person to go about daily functions such as thinking, talking, and moving.

How does one get Huntington's Disease?

Huntington's Disease has a dominant gene. This being said, if someone in the subject's family is a carrier of it, there is a chance that he could get it. Everyone who obtains the "big H" will eventually carry the disease.
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What happens if one gets Huntington's Disease?

The disease affects brains. It impairs the emotion and movement in the brain.
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How does one know if he has it?

If pregnant, women can discover if their child will have the disease by doing two different tests. A) The doctor can take some of the fluid around the baby in her uterus and test it or B) the doctor can take some of the fetal cells that are found by the placenta and run tests on it. If a child is already born, he can be tested by performing several neurological and psychological tests.

How is it treated?

The disease is incurable, however there are medications that those who have the disease can take in order to make themselves feel more relaxed. These often include medications that help with depression and anxiety. Some speech therapy also helps the patients learn to mature and develop more regularly.
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