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Which neurotransmitters are possibly affected by huntington's disease?

Which neurotransmitters are possibly affected by huntington's disease?

Acetylcholine/GABA: There are specific decreases in acetylcholine and gaba, which in turn affect the activity of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Interestingly, this is the exact opposite of parkinson disease. ...Read more

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Neurotransmitter (Definition)

A neurotransmitter is a chemical messenger that carries, boosts and modulates signals between neurons and other cells in the body. In most cases, a neurotransmitter is released from the axon terminal after an action potential has reached the synapse. The neurotransmitter then crosses the synaptic gap to reach the receptor site of the ...Read more


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What parts of the brain are most commonly affected by huntington's disease?

What parts of the brain are most commonly affected by huntington's disease?

The basal ganglia: Hundington's disease is a disease which destroys the part of the brain called the basal ganglia which is important for controlling movement. ...Read more

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How do attention deficit disorder drugs work based upon neurotransmitter activity in the brain?

How do attention deficit disorder drugs work based upon neurotransmitter activity in the brain?

Dopamine: The stimulant medications (like Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and ritalin), which are the best meds for adhd, work primarily by increasing the neurotransmitter Dopamine in a part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex, which controls executive functioning, which lets you plan, shift from task to task, and focus. People with adhd have a shortage of Dopamine in this area. ...Read more

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What is huntington's disease?

What is huntington's disease?

Movement disorder: Hd is the result of an inherited abnormality due to genetic errors resulting in abnormal movements and behavioral problems. Hd can be diagnosed with genetic tests. It is usually apparent clinically in the 4th or 5th decades. ...Read more

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How rare is huntington's disease?

Huntington: The answer can be found here: http://www.Genome.Gov/10001215. ...Read more

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How common is huntington's disease?

How common is huntington's disease?

5-10/100,000: Huntington's disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that is autosomal dominant. Most estimate that it occurs in 5-10 per 100, 000 population. There does not appear to be any sexual discrimination. It is a progressive disease that usually becomes manifest in patients 30-40 years old. ...Read more

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How does huntington's disease progress?

How does huntington's disease progress?

Slowly: Most patients start out with muscle twitching, depression, anxiety and progress over time to uncontrolled muscle movements, difficulty speaking and swallowing, and loss of control of bladder and bowels. ...Read more

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What does huntington's disease look like?

What does huntington's disease look like?

Abnormal involuntary: choreiform movements. If you want to see what chorea looks like, a web search for video clips should turn some up. Also check out hdsa.org for more information. ...Read more

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How does a person get huntington's disease?

How does a person get huntington's disease?

Genetic disorder: Huntington's disease named after a long island physician is caused by a dominant gene in either parent it is accompanied by dementia and involuntary movement (chorea). ...Read more

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What are the tests for huntington's disease?

What are the tests for huntington's disease?

Genetic Test: There is a very well-known, definitive test that can be done. It's a genetic test (avaiable from athena laboratories, which detects the presence or absence of the tri-nucleotide expansion pathology on chromosome 4. Because this an autosomal dominant gene, on average, 50% of descendants will alsoanifest the disease because they received the gene from the affected parent. ...Read more

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What are the stages of huntington's disease?

What are the stages of huntington's disease?

YES !!: Huntington's disease (named after the long island doctor who described it ) has dementia , chorea (a dance like involuntary movement) and family history as its main features it is transmitted by a dominant gene (50% chance of it occuring in the offspring). It is at present incurable although the movements can be modified by medication. ...Read more

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What are early signs of huntingtons disease?

What are early signs of huntingtons disease?

Many signs: 50% of Huntington's patient develop psychiatric symptoms and 50% develop neurological symptoms which are usually involuntary movements - including chorea,a the tho sis, dystopia and tics. ...Read more

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Symptoms of huntingtons disease, is it fatal?

Symptoms of huntingtons disease, is it fatal?

No cure but treatmen: It is a relentless, progressive degenerative neurological disease. There is no cure for the disease. The symptoms include chorea (dance-like movements) for which there is an fda approved medicine and psychiatric symptoms usually with disinhibition. Any child of a patient has a 50% chance of inheriting the disease. One should see a movement disorders neurologist for treatment. ...Read more

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Please help me? What is huntington's disease?

Huntington's Disease: is a neuro-degenerative disorder. Each child of a person with HD has a 50% chance of inheriting it. Symptoms are involuntary movements called chorea, cognitive impairments & psychiatric disorders.There are medications to help control the movement & emotional aspects of the disease. Unfortunately, they do not alter the course of the disease. See http://www.hdsa.org/about/our-mission/what-is-hd.html ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of huntington's disease?

What are the symptoms of huntington's disease?

Movement disorders: Changes in movement with a lack of coordination. You are usually unsteady while walking. As the disease progresses, the jerky, or spastic movements increase, with a decline in mental status and development of psychiatric disorders in the last stages of the disease. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of huntington's disease?

What are the symptoms of huntington's disease?

It varies.: It can include problems with movement (fidgeting, flailing limbs, slowed movements, rigidity, poor balance, difficulty talking or eating, abnormal eye movements), thinking (irritability, untidiness, loss of interest.Slow thinking, impaired intellectual function, memory disturbances), & emotion (depression, bipolar disease, psychosis, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, sexual and sleep disorders, personality change). ...Read more

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How exactly is huntington's disease diagnosed?

How exactly is huntington's disease diagnosed?

Blood Test: A blood test to check for increased repeats in the huntington's gene. ...Read more

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Is huntington's disease known by another name?

Not normally: Sometimes Huntingtons is referred to as "HD". It is also a trinucleotide repeat disease. Huntingtons is the most appropriate and most widely used name however. ...Read more

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Is there any cure yet for huntington's disease?

No cure but...: Unfortunately there is no cure for this devastating neurodegenerative disease. There are treatments available for various symptoms. Tetrabenazine can be helpful for the movements. Many of the anti-depressants can be helpful. See a movement disorder neurologist who can provide assistance and recommend physical therapy, speech therapy, psychiatry, etc. ...Read more

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What kind of a disease is Huntington's disease?

What kind of a disease is Huntington's disease?

Huntingtons disease: HD is an inherited (genetic), neurodegenerative condition. It has an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance. The genetic alteration is referred to as a trinucleotide repeat. ...Read more