Released date: May 31, 2017

Advances in Treating HD: Potential and Reality

Huntington’s disease (HD) is a devastating genetic disorder that robs its victims of physical and mental control. Resulting from the mutated HTT (Huntington’s) gene, it is one of the most destructive diseases known to man. There are approximately 30,000 symptomatic patients in the US and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting HD, usually diagnosed between the ages of 30 and 45. It impairs the patient’s ability to lead a normal life due to progressive chorea (abnormal involuntary movements) accompanied by cognitive and psychiatric problems. No treatment is available that can stop or reverse the course of HD and the average life expectancy following diagnosis is only about 10-30 years.