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HD in a Nutshell: Table of Contents

Welcome to the “HD in a Nutshell” section of the HOPES website! The Basics of Huntington’s Disease (Text and Audio) The Basics of Huntington’s Disease (Video) En Français Introduction à la Maladie de Huntington En Español Los Elementos Básicos de la Enfermedad de Huntington

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The Basics of Huntington’s Disease (Text and Audio)

Huntington’s disease (often abbreviated “HD”) was first described in medical literature in 1872 by Dr. George Huntington, a physician from Long Island, New York. The disease affects men and women alike, occurring at a rate of about one in every 10,000 in most Western countries. People with HD need dedicated care and support from their loved ones, which makes the number of lives touched by the disease even greater.

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The Basics of Huntington's Disease (Video)

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The Motor Symptoms of Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s disease (HD), an inherited neurodegenerative disorder, damages specific areas of the brain, resulting in movement difficulties as well as cognitive and behavioral changes. HD is often characterized by the motor symptoms that it causes. Huntington’s disease (HD), an inherited neurodegenerative disorder, damages specific areas of the brain, resulting in movement difficulties as well as […]

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The Behavioral Symptoms of Huntington’s Disease

Behavioral-Symptoms-of-HD Huntington’s Disease (HD), an inherited neurodegenerative disease, damages specific areas of the brain, resulting in movement difficulties as well as cognitive and behavioral changes. Behavioral changes are a characteristic feature of HD and are often the most distressing aspect of the condition for individuals and families dealing with HD. Although there is a great […]

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The Cognitive Symptoms of Huntington’s Disease

Cognitive-Symptoms-of-HD Huntington’s Disease (HD), an inherited neurodegenerative disorder, damages specific areas of the brain, resulting in movement difficulties as well as cognitive and behavioral changes. The term “cognitive” refers to tasks of the brain that involve knowing, thinking, remembering, organizing, and judging. Certain changes in cognitive abilities are characteristic of HD and can significantly impact […]

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The Inheritance of Huntington's Disease (Text and Audio)

Although records of symptoms have been traced as far back as the Middle Ages, it was not until the late 1800s that physician George Huntington first documented the hereditary nature of the disease that bears his name. It was the late onset and hereditary character that distinguished HD from other diseases with similar symptoms. With so many recent breakthroughs in human genome research, we now know quite a bit about the genetic basis of Huntington’s disease. Having a working familiarity with the basic genetics of HD is key to understanding the inheritance and expression of the disease.

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Juvenile Huntington’s Disease (Text and Audio)

Click on the link below to hear an audio recording of this article: Juvenile Huntington’s Disease Juvenile HD is a form of Huntington’s disease that affects children and teenagers. Like the adult form of the disease, juvenile HD is hereditary in nature. Because of its hereditary character and early age of onset, a child with […]

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Introduction à la Maladie de Huntington

La première apparition de la maladie de Huntington (souvent appelée “MH”) dans la littérature médicale est due au docteur George Huntington, un médecin de Long Island à New York. Cette maladie atteint aussi bien les hommes que les femmes, touchant environ une personne sur 10 000 dans la plupart des pays occidentaux. Comme les personnes […]

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Los Elementos Básicos de la Enfermedad de Huntington

La enfermedad de Huntington (abreviada frecuentemente “EH”) fue decrita originalmente en la literatura médica en 1872 por George Huntington, un médico de Long Island, Nueva York. La enfermedad afecta a hombres y mujeres por igual, con una incidencia de aproximadamente uno en cada 10.000 personas en la mayoría de los países occidentales. Personas con EH necesitan de cuidado especializado y el apoyo de sus familias, lo cual aumenta el número de vidas afectadas directa o indirectamente por la enfermedad.

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