Huntington's disease: what is this rare neurodegenerative disorder?
May is Huntington's Disease Awareness Month
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Huntington's disease (HD) is a rare, inherited disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It's a condition that's passed down in families from generation to generation, with symptoms first occurring in people in their thirties and forties, though children are also known to develop the disease. There is currently no cure for Huntington's, and it's usually fatal after a period of up to 20 years. But there are measures in place to lessen the impact of HD on those stricken by the disease, and medicines are available to help manage the symptoms.
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