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Huntington’s Disease
Personal Reference: Down in the Neurology department sat four family members patiently waiting for what seems to be a never-ending check up. As the doctor’s office door peaked open my mother and aunt both walked out with despairing eyes. When I looked up the doctor was handing my mother a best-known neurologist information card. At that moment silence broke out amongst us, as we knew a whole new life experience was on our hands. At age 34 my Aunt Eve was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease.

Background/Introduction: Huntington’s disease historical timeline indicates the first made known observation of the disease was by American physician George Huntington in 1872. Examining the symptoms and condition Dr. Huntington wrote a detailed account defining the hidden facts behind the disease. Yet it wasn’t until 1911 when Charles Davenport made major contributions in acknowledging and understanding the sings, symptoms and heritability of HD. The National Library of Medicine defines Huntington’s disease as a genetic degenerative disorder of neurons due to a defect in one part of the DNA. HD is recognized as a hereditary neurological disorder taking a devastating toll slowly diminishing an individual’s ability to speak, walk and reason. Because HD is a programmed genetic disorder its degeneration of nerve cells results in uncontrollable movements, emotional disturbance, and eventually memory loss.

Signs: Early onset signs of HD typically trail in three stages: Early-Stage HD, Middle-Stage HD, and Late-Stage HD. In the early stage HD individuals are diagnosed with a warning of symptoms but can still perform daily routine activities. Middle-Stage HD are developing signs such as losing the ability to perform certain activities and control muscle movements. In the final fatal late stage HD individuals loose the ability to speak and are…...

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