All posts by kpowers

The Inheritance

The Inheritance (2014) is a documentary that highlights the impacts of Huntington’s disease (HD) across several generations of a family. The disease personally affects New Zealander and film creator Bridget Lyon, who uses the film’s platform to explore her family history of Huntington’s disease. Bridget first brings us back to 1814 when a woman named […]

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Madame Secretary

Madam Secretary; Season 2, Episode 6; Catch and Release Episode Recap Madam Secretary is a fictional television drama that follows the work of Elizabeth McCord, the United States’ Secretary of State. In this particular episode, the State Department learns that a new leader of ISIS has released a video showing the beheading of an American aid worker. […]

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The Rules for 50/50 Chances

In her first novel, Rules for 50/50 Chances, author Kate McGovern highlights the challenges of being at risk for Huntington’s disease through Rose, a 17-year-old Bostonian who is navigating the challenges of senior year of high school while managing her mother’s worsening HD symptoms. Her mother, who did not know she was at-risk for HD, […]

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NPR’s This American Life

NPR’s This American Life with Ira Glass explores a wide range of stories that encompass social issues of all varieties. Several times, this show has covered true stories of those affected by Huntington’s disease.

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House

The television medical drama House is one of the most famous examples of the use of Huntington’s disease in the media. One of the main characters, Thirteen, is affected by Huntington’s disease in many different capacities, and several episodes are devoted to exploring the emotional impact of HD. In this review, we attempt to parse […]

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Private Practice

In the Private Practice episode called “In Which Charlotte Goes Down the Rabbit Hole”, a character named Angie has misled her husband in believing she does not want a family. She has also led him to believe that he is infertile. Angie wants the doctors to lie on her behalf and tell her husband that […]

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Without a Trace

­Episode: Second Sight Summary A young psychic named Agnes is seen flipping tarot cards as her hand trembles. Her co-worker, another psychic, notices that Agnes is in a strange mood. When she inquires about it, Agnes doesn’t divulge any information. When the co-worker leaves, Agnes flips over a card that reveals that her fate is […]

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HD in “Revenge”

Revenge is a television drama that follows an upper class family in the Hamptons (N.Y.) as the family attempts to solve personal issues affecting one another. Over the course of several episodes, Huntington’s disease is used as a revenge tactic to dismantle seats of power between various stakeholders. Unfortunately, Huntington’s disease is not accurately represented […]

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Shortest Way Home by Juliette Fay

The Shortest Way Home is a novel that follows 44-year-old Sean as he returns to the United States after 20 years of serving as a nurse in war-torn and underdeveloped regions within South America and Africa. Upon his return, he discovers the extent to which his family has become dysfunctional. Sean’s family has never been […]

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HD in Breaking Bad

This review contains information regarding genetic testing and coercion as it relates to Huntington’s disease. Breaking Bad is a popular U.S. crime drama television series that aired from 2008 to 2013. The main character, Walter White Jr., discovers that he has terminal lung cancer and decides to sell methamphetamine in order to secure the financial […]

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Inside the O’Briens

  Following her great success with Still Alice and Alzheimer’s disease, neuroscientist and author Lisa Genova attempts to accurately portray the disease experience of a Huntington’s disease (HD) family in her latest novel, Inside the O’Briens. Unlike most media outlets, Genova goes to great lengths to understand the disease, both medically and socially, through interviews […]

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HD in Scrubs

In the season 8 finale of Scrubs, a popular medical TV show, one of the doctors diagnoses a 70-year-old woman with Huntington’s disease. While manifestation of the disease is more common during middle age, presenting symptoms later on is possible. JD, the physician on the show, does his best to explain the disease in a […]

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HD in ER

ER is a medical drama television series. Summary In the Season 9 Episode “Insurrection,” a late-stage Huntington’s disease (HD) patient is rushed into the Emergency Room (ER) of a hospital. The ER is in chaos during this episode, as doctors and nurses walkout to protest unsafe working conditions. Inside the hospital, the absence of staff […]

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Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad is a popular U.S. crime drama television series that aired from 2008 to 2013. The main character, Walter White Jr., discovers that he has inoperable lung cancer and decides to sell methamphetamine in order to secure his family’s financial future when he passes. In an episode titled Salud, Walter’s son is celebrating his […]

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Inhibition of mitochondrial protein import by mutant huntingtin

Inhibition of mitochondrial protein import by mutant huntingtin Research has shown that mitochondrial dysfunction is associated with neuronal loss in Huntington’s disease (HD). However, it is unclear how mutant huntingtin (Htt) may cause such dysfunction. Researchers at University of Pittsburg and Washington University have discovered evidence of a direct relationship between mutant Htt and the […]

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Emotional Recognition Deficits

It is well documented, as reviewed by Labuschagne et al. (2012), that Huntington’s disease (HD) patients often have difficulty recognizing facial cues and understanding emotions of other individuals1, especially regarding the emotion of disgust2. Such emotional deficits can greatly diminish their ability to communicate, which may result in aggravated tension and stress between patients and […]

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Help 4 HD International Symposium 2014

On Friday, July 19, HOPESters Natty, Preston and Kristen made the trip down to Santa Maria, California to attend the first ever Help4HD International Symposium. The mission of Help4HD International is to facilitate conversations in the research community by providing vital information regarding research and clinical trials to the Huntington’s disease community.  For more information […]

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La enfermedad de Huntington en Sudamérica

Sudamérica es una región rica en la historia de la Enfermedad de Huntington (EH en español o HD en inglés). Dentro de este continente, la investigación ha sido muy importante y necesaria para descubrir el gen que causa la EH.  Esta investigación se puede atribuir principalmente a que la concentración más grande de las familias […]

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Google Glass and HD

The part of the brain most affected by Huntington’s disease, the basal ganglia, are groups of nerve cells (neurons) at the base of the brain. Basal ganglia are responsible for the motor movements of the muscles in the body. When cells in basal ganglia die, a common pathological symptom of HD, a person experiences uncontrollable […]

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HD in Australia

Australia is a part of world where extensive research regarding Huntington’s Disease has been done on a variety of different subtopics. Researchers have been able to draw conclusions about reproduction, age of onset, and the origins of the disease. They have also come to realize that prevalence varies throughout the continent, reaching as high as […]

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World Congress 2013 – Coping Skills Session

In September 2013, several HOPES student researchers attended the Huntington’s Disease World Congress, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Summaries of the all the sessions attended can be found in the Conferences and Conventions section of our site. The HOPES trip to the 2013 World Congress received partial support from the Bingham Fund for Innovation […]

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HD in South America

Para una versión en Español, haga clic aquí South America is a region rich with the history of Huntington’s disease. Within this continent, important and necessary research for the discovery of the HD gene has taken place. This research can be attributed to the fact that the largest concentration of families in the world affected […]

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