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HOPES: Huntington's Outreach Project for Education, at Stanford
Aug
23
2011

Stages of Huntington’s Disease

Stages-of-HD People with Huntington’s disease (HD) follow a path of disease progression once symptoms begin. While patients can remain highly functional in the first years of the disease, independence gives way as symptoms get worse. This article discusses the ways in which HD symptoms change from one stage to the next, the degree to which [...]

Jun
26
2011

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.

Jul
05
2010

The HOPES Huntington’s Disease Timeline (Flash)

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Jul
01
2010

The Basics of Huntington’s Disease (Video)

These narrated videos offer a visual introduction to Huntington’s disease. Please note: Keep in mind that video files are large and may take a few minutes to load, depending on the speed of your internet connection. (The video will not play during the loading period. If you like, you can take a look at other parts of the HOPES website in your main browser window while loading takes place.)

Jun
26
2010

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 [...]

Jun
26
2010

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 [...]

Jun
26
2010

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 [...]

Jun
26
2010

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.

Jun
26
2010

The HOPES Huntington’s Disease Timeline (Text)

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Jun
26
2010

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 [...]