All Posts In HD in the Media

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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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 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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A Review of “The Lion’s Mouth Opens”

Initially Released: 2014 Publicly Available: June 2015 Run length: 28 minutes “I’ve always felt like I don’t have it”. This sentence is how Marianna Palka, both subject and producer, begins the new documentary The Lion’s Mouth Opens. This short documentary, directed by Lucy Walker, known for The Waste Land and The Crash Reel, tells Palka’s […]

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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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HD in Twitch: The Documentary

This documentary follows 18-year-old Kristen Powers as she undergoes the process of genetic testing for Huntington’s Disease. The documentary premiered at Stanford University on February 21, 2014. More information about the film and its screening schedule can be found at www.twitchdocumentary.com. In the documentary Twitch, filmmaker Kristen Powers tells the story of her own journey […]

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HD in the Media

Welcome to our Huntington’s Disease (HD) in the media section of the HOPES website! Despite the fact that many people are not completely aware of HD and how it works, the disease has become one of the favorite “dramatic diseases” of mainstream news media and the entertainment industry. References to HD in popular culture include, […]

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