Huntington's Disease

How this genetic disorder is inherited:

- Autosomal dominant condition
- On the 4th chromosomal pair
- Equal chance of inheriting this disorder if you are male or female

This is a pedigree where Blue shows who has Huntington's. It shows that about 50% of a Huntington's descendants will inherit the disorder.
This is a pedigree where Blue shows who has Huntington's. It shows that about 50% of a Huntington's descendants will inherit the disorder.
Huntington's Disease only affects the 4th Chromosome, which you can see in this picture
Huntington's Disease only affects the 4th Chromosome, which you can see in this picture





Symptoms:

-loss of weight
-lazy
-anti social
-mood swings
-forgetfull
-lack of concentration
-clumsiness

Effects:

Huntington's disease develops, in most people, after the age of thirty. Symptoms gradually increase and get worse and worse as the disease progresses. In the worst stages of Huntington's, the victim will have no control of their body. It is too hard to swallow to eat anything, and they will have constant spasms. Also they will hardly have any memory. People with severe Huntington's can't remember anyone they've known they're entire lives. Finally they will be very moody, grumpy, and depressed.

Treatment:

As of now there is no cure for Huntington's disorder. However there are things that can be done to make the disease progress more slowly. There are certain drugs you can take that will manage a few of the symptoms. Also having a healthy diet and exercising often can lengthen the time you can live with the disease. Sadly, the disease is still fatal.

Statistics:

- about every 1 in 10,000 has huntington's disease
- the average amount of years someone lives after the disease becomes active is 16
- the average is 16 but it can be anywhere from 10-25
- affects all racial and ethnic groups equally

Woody Guthrie died at the age of 55 from Huntington's which he inherited from his mom. Because of the disease Woody was constantly depressed and was admitted into a psychiatric hospital. His death raised awareness about Huntington's and today, victims can live much longer.
Woody Guthrie died at the age of 55 from Huntington's which he inherited from his mom. Because of the disease Woody was constantly depressed and was admitted into a psychiatric hospital. His death raised awareness about Huntington's and today, victims can live much longer.










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Information:
http://www.ygyh.org/hd/inherited.htm
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/huntington/huntington.htm
http://nervous-system.emedtv.com/huntington's-disease/huntington's-disease-statistics.html
Pictures:
http://www.nkellogg.com/karyotype.gif
http://www.abpischools.org.uk/res/coResourceImport/modules/genome/en-images/huntingtons.gif
http://msnbcmedia1.msn.com/j/ap/5a601494-7c2d-4513-9ff4-0107021c4b80.widec.jpg
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