Huntington's Disease


Description:
When you have it you can’t do anything on your own. You need 24/7 care from family and friends. With the disease, you can’t walk straight and it would be hard to understand the person with the disease. You’ll always be nervous for no apparent reason.

Inheritance:
A person inherits Huntington’s disease (HD) when he or she inherits an expanded gene from on parent. There only needs to be bad gene from mother or gather to pass on to the children.



Symptoms:
The symptoms of Huntington’s disease are:
· Short-term memory loss
· Some clumsiness
· Alterations in handwriting
· Minor difficulty with daily physical skills
· Forms of nervous activity
· Impulsiveness
· Periods of depression



Daily Life:







Diagnosis:
When a woman is pregnant, she can find out if her baby will have the disease by taking two different tests before birth. One test the mother could take is by letting a doctor take a sample of fluid from around the fetus. The second test she could take is by letting a doctor take a sample of fetal cells from the placenta.




Treatment:
No treatments can alter the course of the Huntington’s disease. Some medications can lessen some symptoms of movement and psychiatric disorders. Patients can also have interventions to talk about how the disorder will change their life and how it has affected it already.



Research:
Medical scientists and doctors are still researching this disease to help stop it or even prevent it. To this day, they have not found any cure. Patients with the disease can get help to live normal lives by getting physical therapy and/or speech therapy.



Additional Facts:
The disease was named after Doctor George Huntington, who first described it in 1872. In the United States, about 1 in every 30,000 people has the Huntington’s disease.


Punnett Square:


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Pedigree Chart:


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Pictures:
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Resources:

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http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/huntingtons-disease/DS00401
http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/disorders/whataregd/hunt/
http://www.ahdansw.asn.au/information/faq_symptoms.html