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Huntington Disease

Huntington Disease

Huntington disease is an inherited disease characterized by the progressive loss of brain and muscle function. Symptoms usually begin during middle age. The disease is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait, meaning that a single mutated copy of the responsible gene is sufficient to cause the disease.

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Materials for Huntington Disease


Huntington Disease

Description: Information and a list of resources on Huntington disease

Huntington disease

Description: Information on Huntington's disease and a list of links for finding further information on this condition

Huntington Disease

Description: An overview of Huntington disease, available as a printable PDF handout.

Information for Schools - What is juvenile Huntington disease?

Description: Huntington disease (HD) is a hereditary condition that causes abnormal movements and other physical signs as well as emotional, cognitive and other physical problems. People with juvenile HD develop signs and symptoms before the age of 20 years. This article explores how juvenile HD may impact education and schooling.

What Is Huntington Disease?

Description: Huntington disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that usually develops in middle to late adult life.

Interactive Tutorials

Central Dogma and Genetic Medicine

Description: The interactive includes descriptions of different steps in the pathways from gene to RNA to protein, information about a treatment strategy that targets each step, and an example of a genetic disease for which that strategy has been shown to work: examples include, cystic fibrosis, Huntington disease, and sickle cell disease.

Your Genes Your Health - Huntington Disease

Description: Interactive Web site exploring Huntington disease.


Faces of Huntington Disease

Description: Videos of patients and patient advocates that serve to raise awareness of Huntington Disease.

NHS Videos - Huntington's Disease

Description: An expert explains the effects of Huntington's disease. Lee, 39, talks about his life with Huntington's and the importance of getting tested if you have a family history of it.