Huntington's Disease

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OUP Oxford, Feb 28, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 154 pages
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Huntington's disease is a genetically inherited condition which results in severe nerve-cell damage in the brain. The hereditary and debilitative nature of the disease means that many people are involved either directly or indirectly by this condition. The recent identification of the faulty gene involved has made the diagnosis of this condition simpler. The majority of people develop the disease between the ages of 35 and 55 years, so for those aware of their genetic risk there are dilemmas to consider - should you have a test to see if you have the gene? Should you start a family? The new edition of this successful book specifically designed for families of patients with Huntington's disease has been expanded to include a number of important new developments in research and clinical practice that have occurred in the field in recent years. While there are no drugs currently available that slow down or reverse the neurodegenerative process in Huntington's Disease, there is growing data on the use of existing treatments to manage movement disorder, irritability and depression associated with the condition, which are covered here. This edition also includes completely new chapters covering juvenile Huntington's disease and late-stage Huntington's disease, and a fully updated Appendix of relevant patients' organizations.
 

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Contents

2 The physical features of Huntingtons disease
9
3 Behavioural and emotional aspects of Huntingtons disease
27
4 Juvenile Huntingtons disease
39
5 The genetics of Huntingtons disease
45
6 Laboratory testing
59
a new diagnosis in the family
69
8 Genetic counselling for unaffected family members
77
9 Changes in the brain
95
10 What causes selective nerve cell damage?
105
11 Current research activities
117
12 Useful resources and contacts
125
Glossary
127
Appendix
131
Index
149
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Dr Oliver Quarrell has been elected to the Executive Council of the Huntington's Disease Association and currently serves as its vice Chairman. He is also actively involved in the European Huntington's Disease Network.

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