A Look at Huntington’s Disease

by Ronnie Dyal

Huntington’s Disease is a genetic inherited disorder that usually presents around middle age and starts to effect a person’s brain cells (neurons). The disease/disorder is said to progress more quickly in children than in adults with the disorder. Huntington’s Disease can affect a child in their early teens, making it hard for the child as they age. Huntington’s Disease is passed through genetics and though it is rare, it does have some treatments.

Huntington’s Disease is mutation in the gene in which a genetic defect on Chromosome 4 occurs. This causes the DNA to replicate many more times than it’s supposed to.

Here’s what happens to the body with this genetic defect:

  • Uncontrollable movement
  • Difficulty walking
  • Trouble swallowing and speaking
  • Confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Personality change
  • Verbal change/Speech problem or change
  • Cognitive abilities have diminished
  • The genetic disorder is treated through medication as there is currently no cure. While medications cannot cure the disorder, they can reduce or diminish certain symptoms so that a person is able to manage their care. To conclude, Huntington’s Disease is a rare genetic mutation that has no cure.

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