Huntington's Disease

Biology research project

Introduction

I don't know anything about this disease and i wanted to learn about it. This seems very interesting to learn about.

What is Huntington's disease?

Huntington's disease is a hereditary brain disorder. Nerve cells become damaged causing the brain to deteriorate. This disease can affect you mentally, physically, and emotionally. This disease also causes you to lose everyday abilities. You begin to develop a huge lack of energy and feel tired all the time. You also start to have a lack of interest in life and become very ill and depressed all the time. With this disease you also start to forget people and places. This is a disease that only gets worse over time.

There is currently no treatment for this disease but they are trying to find a cure or at least something to help with it. This disease is very dominant. Usually, affects of this disease start kicking in at the age of 40. This disease is very sad and many people lose ability to do daily things when they start to be affected by it. If you get the disease, its likely for your child to get it. You have to get tested to find out if you have the disease or not. The disease is more common in older people. You can go to counseling for it, if you'd like. Many people like to talk to groups about their disease. This disease is dominant. This disease causes you to lose control of the body, not be able to speak well, and need help doing daily things. I feel that this would be one of the hardest diseases to live with because you can go from being able to do everything you've learned in life, to not being able to do anything anymore. This disease is sad too, especially if you don't have affect from it yet but you know you will eventually. Having learned about this disease, it's taught me to never take anything for granted and to always be appreciative. This disease don't have anything to do with location, it just runs through families. This disease is fairly common though. There is currently no medication or gene therapy to help. Hopefully one day in the future we can find something to help or find a cure.

What is Huntington's Disease?
Huntington's Disease: John Paul Jr. shares his story