Huntington Disease

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News:Recently,the National Centre for Cell Science has found that the pathogenic protein called Huntingtin Protein causes a decrease in overall protein production.

Facts:

About Huntington disease:

  • Huntington’s disease is an inherited genetic disease that causes the progressive breakdown (degeneration) of nerve cells in the brain. 
  • It is caused by a mutation in a gene called HTT which is involved in the production of a protein called huntingtin.

Symptoms:

  • The symptoms of Huntington’s disease usually develop between ages 30 and 50 but they can appear at an early as well as late age.
  • The disease has a broad impact on a person’s functional abilities and usually results in movement, thinking (cognitive) and psychiatric disorders.

Treatment:

  • There is currently no cure for Huntington’s disease and no way to slow or stop the brain changes it causes.Treatments focus on managing symptoms.