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Huntingtons Disease

Science Disease Prezintation
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Christopher Stefanits

on 3 May 2010

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Huntingtons disease What is Huntingtons Disease? Huntingtons disease is
The degeneration of brain cells in certain areas of the brain. This results in:
Muscle Spasms
Intellectual degeneration
And irrational emotional disturbance How Is It passed on? Huntingtons Disease is a familial disease, that means it can only be passed on through family traits or genes. The gene that causes Huntingtons Disease, was created by a mutation in a regular genes. A child who has Huntingtons Disease has a fifty fifty chance for the disease to fully develop, and a fifty fifty chance, that child will spread the disease, to his or her children. When Was It First Discovered? Huntingtons Disease was first discovered by George Huntington George Huntington wrote a book on the disease called "On Chorea" In the older days, people with chorea were thought to be possed by demons or witches, due to the involuntary muscle twitches Treatment For Huntingtons Disease This for what people should do if they already have huntingtons disease Step 1. Step 2.
Step 3.
Talk with your doctor about medications to treat Huntington's disease symptoms. These include tranquilizers such as clonazepam, benzodiazepine and anti-psychotic drugs like haloperidol to help reduce agitation and outbursts. Anti-depressant medications such as fluoxetine may be added to alleviate despondence, and lithium is sometimes prescribed to control severe mood changes. Arrange for speech-language therapy to assist those who suffer from Huntington's in communicating and in staying as oriented as possible. Speech-language therapy may also include tips for caregivers on speaking slowly and clearly and in short sentences. Look into physical therapy to help with balance and coordination problems and muscle stiffness, and to reduce the chances of injuries and falls. How to prevent Huntingtons Disease There is no actual prevention for Huntingtons Disease, its a familial disease, so your either born with it or your not. Punnet Square For Huntingtons Disaese Huntington's disease is dominant. So it's like Hh x hh Then you get Hh, Hh, hh, and hh. 50% offspring likely to develop HD, 50% not People with Huntington's Disease Personal Testimony On October 17, 1998, my life changed forever. Since my son Brian was 5 years old I knew that there were problems with his learning. I had him tested and they put him into learning disabilities classes where he was diagnosed as borderline mentally retarded. He remained in those type of classes until he graduated in 1987. It was a long hard struggle but he graduated with his class. Since his graduation Brian has steadily went down hill. He was trying to work but could not seem to do so. I finally got him approved for SS and he was able to maintain a life living on his own with a little help.

Brian's father and I had been divorced since Brian was a baby and he had no contact with him over the years. Brian's stepmother called me one day to tell me that his father had been diagnosed with Huntington's Disease and that it was hereditary. I was not familiar with the disease so I just put it in the back of my mind. As the years passed I heard that his father was getting in bad shape and I began to ask questions about what was going on.

Brian's father died in 1993 at the age of 46 from the HD. This upset me a lot but once again I put it in the back of my mind and refused to face the possibility of Brian ever getting it. Four years passed and I could see that Brian was having more problems but I just justified it with the fact he was slow and maybe he was drinking too much caffeine.

I will never forget the day I woke up from my sleep. It was June 3, 1998. My niece had a baby and we had gone to the hospital to see the baby and had stopped to get something to eat. We were in line to pay for our food and Brian was in front of me and for the first time I could see that something was very badly wrong with him. He could not stand still he was shaky, it was like he was in a daze. The very next day I made an appointment to take him to a neurologist to see if he possible could be getting the disease.
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