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  • MSG
Huntington's disease
Some people may remember a thread I started on the old TR (http://talkrational.org/archive/showthread.php?t=31306) about the awful effects afflicted on friends of ours by the genetic degenerative disease Huntington's disease. Now our dear friend who lost her 2 sons and husband to Huntington's is in tears at the news of a potential treatment that could prevent the disease's progress http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42308341

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An experimental drug, injected into spinal fluid, safely lowered levels of toxic proteins in the brain.

The research team, at University College London, say there is now hope the deadly disease can be stopped.

Experts say it could be the biggest breakthrough in neurodegenerative diseases for 50 years.

Huntington's is one of the most devastating diseases.

Some patients described it as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and motor neurone disease rolled into one.

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Huntington's is caused by an error in a section of DNA called the huntingtin gene.

Normally this contains the instructions for making a protein, called huntingtin, which is vital for brain development.

But a genetic error corrupts the protein and turns it into a killer of brain cells.

The treatment is designed to silence the gene.
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  • Monad
Re: Huntington's disease
Reply #1
Yes I was reading this yesterday - amazing. I've been therapist to several people with Huntington's, if this works it's game changing literally.

  • nostrum
  • easily led
Re: Huntington's disease
Reply #2
good stuff and I wonder if this will lead to Alzheimers and other dementias having effective treatment