Huntington's Disease / Edition 2

Huntington's Disease / Edition 2

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by Oliver W J Quarrell
     
 

Huntington's disease is a genetically inherited condition which results in severe nerve-cell damage in the brain. The hereditary and debilitative nature of the disease means that many people are involved either directly or indirectly by this condition. The recent identification of the faulty gene involved has made the diagnosis of this condition simpler. The

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Overview

Huntington's disease is a genetically inherited condition which results in severe nerve-cell damage in the brain. The hereditary and debilitative nature of the disease means that many people are involved either directly or indirectly by this condition. The recent identification of the faulty gene involved has made the diagnosis of this condition simpler. The majority of people develop the disease between the ages of 35 and 55 years, so for those aware of their genetic risk there are dilemmas to consider - should you have a test to see if you have the gene? Should you start a family? The new edition of this successful book specifically designed for families of patients with Huntington's disease has been expanded to include a number of important new developments in research and clinical practice that have occurred in the field in recent years. While there are no drugs currently available that slow down or reverse the neurodegenerative process in Huntington's Disease, there is growing data on the use of existing treatments to manage movement disorder, irritability and depression associated with the condition, which are covered here. This edition also includes completely new chapters covering juvenile Huntington's disease and late-stage Huntington's disease, and a fully updated Appendix of relevant patients' organizations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199212019
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Series:
The Facts Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,344,559
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

1 Facts and figures about Huntington's disease 1

2 The physical features of Huntington's disease 9

3 Behavioural and emotional aspects of Huntington's disease 27

4 Juvenile Huntington's disease 39

5 The genetics of Huntington's disease 45

6 Laboratory testing 59

7 Genetic counselling: a new diagnosis in the family 69

8 Genetic counselling for unaffected family members 77

9 Changes in the brain 95

10 What causes selective nerve cell damage? 105

11 Current research activities 117

12 Useful resources and contacts 125

Glossary 127

Appendix 131

Index 149

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