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Articles with the topic: whole-body

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.

Could muscle problems help explain movements in Huntington’s Disease patients?

Could muscle problems help explain movements in Huntington’s Disease patients?

Dr Kurt Jensen on September 06, 2013

A proper balance of electrically charged particles is required for muscle cells to respond appropriately to stimuli. However, a recent report by a group of scientists from California State Polytechnic University concludes that disruption of this balance occurs in Huntington's disease – causing HD mouse muscle fibers to contract more easily than they should.

Liver changes in Huntington's disease patients suggest more 'whole body' research needed

Liver changes in Huntington's disease patients suggest more 'whole body' research needed

Dr Jeff Carroll on March 06, 2013

Huntington's disease patients seem to have a lot of changes outside the brain, but these issues haven't yet been studied in great detail. New evidence reveals that Huntington's Disease mutation carriers have differences in liver function, even before they have symptoms of HD. This new finding might help us understand the metabolic changes experienced by HD patients, which are currently poorly understood and under-studied.