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Huntington's disease is a hereditary neurological disorder of the central nervous system

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Huntington's Disease Huntington's disease is a hereditary neurological disorder of the central nervous system that causes progressive degeneration of cells in the brain, slowly impairing a person's ability to walk, think, talk and reason. Symptoms Symptoms appear usually between the ages of 30 & 50 * Memory loss (especially of recent events) * Confusion * Changes in personality * Mood changes * Aggressive and antisocial behaviour * Clumsiness or uncontrolled muscle movements * Rigidity * Dementia * Loss of rational thought * Poor concentration * Involuntary movements * ...read more.

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The Huntington's Disease Association estimates between 6,500 and 8,000 people in the UK have the disease. Each person whose parent has Huntington's disease has a 50% chance of inheriting the gene, and everyone who inherits the gene will at some stage develop the disease. In three% of cases, there's no family history of Huntington's disease and the genetic fault may be a new mutation. The disease can't be prevented from developing if someone has the faulty gene. ...read more.

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Speech therapy can help improve speech and swallowing problems. A high-calorie diet can help maintain weight and improve symptoms such as involuntary movement and behavioural problems. Mental changes often result in loss of enthusiasm, initiative and organisational skills, which can make multi-tasking difficult. Constant nursing care is needed in the later stages of the disease. Secondary illnesses, such as pneumonia, are often the cause of death. There's extensive research into possible treatments for Huntington's disease. One technique is the use of transplants of foetal brain cells, which appear in some cases to repair and restore the damaged area. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sidra Sadiq ...read more.

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