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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?

Basal ganglia: Motor areas at the center of the brain called basal ganglia are the main parts of the brain causing choreaform movements cerebral atrophy causes the dementia family history of hd is the rule. ...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?

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