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Huntington's Disease: 2 Steps Backward, 1 Step Forward

9 days ago   |   By DNA Science

Last week's DNA Science post considered the ebb and flow of treatment possibilities for Alzheimer's disease. This week, it's Huntington's disease.
Like Alzheimer's, the less familiar HD also affects the brain, but HD is always inherited and is much rarer. The only treatments for HD manage symptoms, some of them prescribed off-label, borrowed from other conditions. A treatment that addresses the underlying cause of the disease, which delays onset or slows progression, has been elusive for decades.
A Disease Like No Other
HD is one of 40 “expanding repeat” diseases. A tiny part of a gene...
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