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Important drug targets yielded by new genetic study of HD

Important drug targets yielded by new genetic study of HD

Leora Fox on May 02, 2016

It’s a great mystery why different people with the same HD mutation sometimes develop symptoms at vastly different ages. Last year a huge genetic analysis gave us some interesting clues, and now, researchers are focusing in on the most promising results. A recent study shows that tiny changes within genes that repair damaged DNA can have a big effect on age of onset in HD and related diseases.

Thinking clearly about the earliest symptoms of HD and which brain regions control them

Thinking clearly about the earliest symptoms of HD and which brain regions control them

Dr Tamara Maiuri on April 18, 2016

Cognitive deficits, or difficulties thinking clearly, often appear well before the traditional clinical diagnosis of Huntington’s disease (HD). While many contend that the earliest cognitive deficits are caused by damage to the striatum – a structure deep in the brain known to be severely affected in HD – recent evidence suggests that this claim may paint an incomplete picture of the widespread changes occurring in the brains of HD patients during the very early stages of the disease.

How NOT to write a news article about a clinical trial

How NOT to write a news article about a clinical trial

Dr Jeff Carroll on March 11, 2016

A recent article in the UK newspaper the Daily Telegraph has HD families very excited. The title, "First drug to reverse Huntington’s disease begins human trials", certainly sounds exciting! But what's really going on? HDBuzz is here to help us untangle hope from hype in the huntingtin lowering world.

Huntington's Disease Therapeutics Conference 2016 - day 2

Huntington's Disease Therapeutics Conference 2016 - day 2

Dr Jeff Carroll on February 28, 2016

After an exciting day of science yesterday, day 2 saw updates on strategies to rid cells of the harmful mutant huntingtin protein and exciting reports on current and planned clinical trials.

Huntington's Disease Therapeutics Conference 2016 - day 3

Huntington's Disease Therapeutics Conference 2016 - day 3

Dr Jeff Carroll on February 28, 2016

The third and final day of the 2016 Huntington's Disease Therapeutics Conference brings updates on cell replacement therapies including stem cells; and new ways to assess and model the progression of HD to help understand it and run crucial clinical trials.

Huntington's Disease Therapeutics Conference 2016 - day 1

Huntington's Disease Therapeutics Conference 2016 - day 1

Dr Ed Wild on February 25, 2016

If it's February, that means the the world's leading scientists are converging on Palm Springs for the annual HD therapeutics conference!

Could a new "jaw-dropping" breakthrough help treat Huntington's Disease?

Could a new "jaw-dropping" breakthrough help treat Huntington's Disease?

Dr Jeff Carroll on February 25, 2016

Recent days have seen a torrent of news stories about a new technology, called CRISPR, which has been described as having potential application in Huntington's disease. Is this new technique as cool as it sounds? Possibly — but, as always, the truth is more complicated than the headlines suggest.

Harnessing the power of viruses to treat Huntington's disease

Harnessing the power of viruses to treat Huntington's disease

Leora Fox on February 03, 2016

New therapies for disorders like Huntington’s disease are on the way, but getting the drugs to enter brain cells can be a major challenge. A group of scientists has redesigned and tested a harmless virus that can efficiently deliver a 'gene silencing' message throughout the brain in mice, much further than naturally occurring viruses can reach. What's more, it can be given with a simple injection into the blood, offering great potential for research in gene silencing research and beyond.

Through a Broader Lens: Looking at Non-Motor Symptoms in HD

Through a Broader Lens: Looking at Non-Motor Symptoms in HD

Melissa Christianson on January 25, 2016

Common depictions of HD emphasizing only its movement symptoms paint an incomplete picture of the real disease. HD causes both motor and non-motor symptoms that, together, affect the entire body. Now, scientists are using a broader lens to explore this full set of HD symptoms and determine how symptoms might be related in the disease.