Which methods and tools can improve communication skills in patients with huntington's disease?

Huntington's Disease. Huntington patients lose the ability to communicate before the lose understanding. Alternative forms of communication are available on card, on computers and the ipad. The patient point to letters symbols, or pictures to make their needs or wants known. These are often free or low cost and available online at numerous web pages. Look under symbol and picture communication.

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Is there any way to enhance multitasking skills in patients with huntington's disease?

A hard one. I don't know if you can enhance multitasking in patients with huntington's disease. Your goal should be to preserve whatever skill is left there. Medications, support groups, behavioral interventions (counseling, meds), support have been shown to be of some benefit, although, people in third world countries appear to do just as well as people with the disease in the developed ones. Read more...

I have headche for months and we have huntington disease in the family is this an hd symptoms or it can be something else?

Can have many causes. Headache is not considered to be a common symptom of hd. Depending on the type of headaches you have, they can be migraines, tension headache, or cluster headaches. Causes are many; including viral infection, chronic sinusitis, drug/alcohol withdrawal, change of medications, to name a few. Consult your physician if it continues. Read more...

Can huntington disease be genetic, but triggered by other factors?

Always genetic. Hd is a genetic disease. Anyone that carries the gene will get the disease, but knowing that you have the gene does not tell you your age of onset at the disease. The onset of the disease will occur regardless of other factors if one lives long enough. Read more...

Are coughing and vomitting during eating are symptoms of huntington disease??

Unlikely. Coughing and vomiting during eating is concerning for GI issues, such as swallowing disorders or esophageal motility disorders. Huntington's disease is generally characterized by involuntary movement and psychiatric problems. Mayo Clinic has an excellent article: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/huntingtons-disease/basics/symptoms/con-20030685. Read more...