June 27, 2002
It seems hard to believe that a mother would kill two of her own children (" 'Motherly Love' Cited in Sons' Deaths," June 20). However, if you have gone through the terrible, agonizing years of Huntington's disease you would have an insight into what went on in Carol Carr's mind. My wife has the disease. She cannot speak, she drools, she falls--it goes on and on. Her problems started in the mid-1980s. It is usually a very slow process. My wife may live for another 10 years, and she is only going to deteriorate more.
October 28, 2001 |
A surprising and provocative study of brain tissue from people with Huntington's disease offers clues on how a defective gene causes the disorder and how it might be treated. About 30,000 Americans have HD, which generally appears between ages 30 and 45. It slowly hampers a person's ability to walk, think, talk and reason. Eventually, an affected person becomes totally dependent on others, and death usually follows from complications of the condition.
August 20, 2001 |
A diagnosis of Huntington's disease is a slow-motion death sentence. Each year brings less muscle coordination and deeper mental problems, with little promise of a cure or even a good treatment. Symptoms of the genetic disorder usually strike in the prime of adult life, and sufferers usually die within 20 years of being diagnosed. But last week, Huntington's sufferers got a break from the bad news.
November 30, 2000 |
French researchers have successfully reversed the course of Huntington's disease in three of five patients by implanting fetal brain cells into their brains. Several research teams have previously attempted the feat, but the French results are the best to date, experts said. "This is a very promising preliminary result, even though it is a small number of patients," said Dr.
October 9, 2000 |
In the long, difficult struggle to understand--and do something about--the brain ailment called Huntington's disease, scientists have decided the best approach may be to go fishing. The target is a strange jellyfish that has a natural ability to glow in the dark when pestered, showing its irritation in eerie green light. The glow, they hope, will lead toward a cure for Huntington's disease, a fatal brain disorder first noted among people living on the eastern tip of Long Island, N.Y.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2000
A study in mice suggests that people with Huntington's disease might be able to delay the onset of symptoms by keeping busy in a stimulating environment. Mice took longer to show symptoms if they lived in cages with plenty of objects to play with and explore, British scientists report in today's Nature. The test animals lived in an "enriched" environment that included tunnels, boxes, tubes and other objects of cardboard, paper and plastic. New objects replaced old ones every couple of days.