Good News for all who suffer from Huntington’s disease! For the first time, researchers could actually be able to lower toxic levels of bad protein in the brain. Indeed this doesn’t sound like much, it’s a massive breakout in the study of neurodegenerative diseases. Now the possibility of a cure for Huntington’s disease is within reach. A new drug being tested, by a team of researchers at UCL (University College London), may potentially stop or reserve the deadly disease. It was long thought that Huntington’s was irreversible but now that theory is being put to the test.
What is Huntington’s Disease?
Huntington’s disease or (HD) is a genetic disorder. Simply put, it’s a faulty gene that causes a breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. The disease can render a person physically and mentally unable to complete normal day-to-day tasks during their prime working years. The brain damage gets progressively worse over time and could result in death. Some patients described it as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and motor neuron disease rolled into one. Adult-onset Huntington disease, the most common form of this disorder, usually appears in a person’s thirties or forties. In rare cases, HD may develop in childhood or as late as seventy years of age. Sadly, death usually occurs 15 to 25 years after the onset of the disease. People don’t die from Huntington’s itself, but from complications such as choking, heart failure, infection or aspiration pneumonia.
According to research carried out in 2012, UK Huntington figures are absolutely ghastly. Around 12 people out of 100,000 suffer from this dreadful condition. Also, it’s thought that the number of people who have the Huntington’s gene and are not yet affected is about twice that of those who have symptoms.
Stopping The Disease
Now we established, what Huntington’s disease is. How did the researchers find a way to stop it? Well, it would appear that the defect (faulty gene) causing the disease can be corrected using an experimental drug. This miracle drug is injected into your spinal-fluid and then it safely lower your levels of toxic protein in the brain. The UCL research team thinks this can ultimately lead to stopping Huntington’s from fully developing and reverse the damage caused by the disease. So indeed there’s still a long way to go, this new drug could offer first treatment for the irreversible Huntington’s disease. Helping millions of sufferers in the process.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the research being done to end Huntington’s. Go to: http://www.euro-hd.net/html/network
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