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Degenerative Diseases: Huntington’s

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Huntington’s disease is a degenerative neurological condition affecting the nerve cells in the brain. It is a rare, genetic disease that impairs physical, cognitive and psychological functioning. The onset of the disease is usually in adulthood, with a life expectancy of about 10 to 30 years.

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Huntington’s disease is a degenerative neurological condition affecting the nerve cells in the brain. It is a rare, genetic disease that impairs physical, cognitive and psychological functioning. The onset of the disease is usually in adulthood, with 90% of people developing symptoms between the ages of 30 and 50. When symptoms appear before the age of 20, it is known as juvenile Huntington’s disease. People who develop the disease early may experience different and faster-progressing symptoms. Life expectancy after the onset of symptoms is generally 10 to 30 years, and around 10 for juvenile Huntington’s disease (Mayo Clinic 2020).

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Debra Curran
03 Nov 2020
A very well presented overview and refresher of Huntington's
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Bina Baniya
20 Mar 2021
Useful
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Jack Flint
02 Nov 2020
Good information. Short and concise
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Shirlee Tennant
18 Jan 2021
Very informative of the genetic process that diagnosis Huntington’s disease. Huntington’s is progressive and there is no cure so managing the symptoms as they occur. Often leads to Nursing Home care once they are immobile for their safety.
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Rebecca Calloway
11 Nov 2020
I never knew there were three different areas of Huntingtons disease; emotional, physical and cognitive. This article was fantastic in outlining them. It was also good to look at the pathophysiology of the condition on a genetic level. It gave me a much better understanding of this condition.
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Maureen Jenkinson
26 Jan 2021
interesting subject
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Diana Whitehouse
18 Jan 2021
Good general knowledge article.
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joana boamah
28 Jan 2021
Huntington’s disease is a degenerative neurological condition affecting the nerve cells in the brain. It’s cause by defective HTTgene on chromosome four. Symptoms include physical, congnitive and emotional. There is no cure. And management is medicine and physical therapy
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Lorraine Summerell
04 Mar 2021
Excellent
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Letitia Watters
10 Nov 2020
This resource gave me a better understanding of the cause, symptoms and suggested support strategies for working with an individual with this diagnosis
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