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.
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.
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May 20, 1999
Studies in mice may lead to a new treatment for Huntington's disease, Harvard researchers report in today's issue of the journal Nature. The disease is known to be caused by a defect in the gene that is the blueprint for a protein called huntingtin, but scientists are not sure how the defect produces the disease. Mice with the defective gene develop Huntington's symptoms. Dr. Robert M.
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January 10, 1998 |
Marianne Whitmyer first noticed the changes in her fingers and her tongue. They looked the same but no longer worked the same, her fine motor control dissolving after two decades as a professional flutist. The problem, doctors discovered early last year, is that Whitmyer's brain is dying. Whitmyer, principal flute and soloist with the Irvine Symphony, suffers from Huntington's chorea, or Huntington's disease, a progressive hereditary illness that leads to death.
August 8, 1997 |
Four years after the discovery of the defective gene that causes Huntington's disease, researchers have produced the first clues about how the gene causes the devastating disorder. That new insight, experts say, could quickly lead to the first successful treatments not only for Huntington's, but also for half a dozen other diseases that have an identical genetic defect.