Huntington’s disease research news. In plain language. Written by scientists. For the global HD community.
The family and friends of individuals with HD often tell doctors that they began to notice changes in behavior long before a diagnosis was made. To better understand these early signs, researchers analyzed a psychological questionnaire filled out yearly for a decade by thousands of HD mutation carriers and their companions. The companions were more likely to perceive worsening symptoms over time.
A news article reports that a "breakthrough" program of physical, mental, and social stimulation could "halt Huntington's progression". Sounds pretty exciting — but does the science back up the hype?
A study looking for links between diet and symptom onset in Huntington's disease has unexpectedly found that people who developed symptoms earlier tended to consumed more dairy products. We look at the study in detail -- and why we're not hanging up the cheese-knife just yet.
In part two of our special feature on sleep problems in Huntington's disease, we bring you Prof Morton's 'simple rules for a good night's sleep', distilled from her comprehensive review of sleep research in Huntington's disease.
Many Huntington's disease patients have problems with sleep and in the control of daily or 'circadian' rhythms. These problems may actually be part of the range of symptoms in HD, and managing or treating them directly may be beneficial. In this special HDBuzz feature, sleep expert Prof Jenny Morton looks at the science behind sleep problems and solutions in Huntington's disease. Coming soon, part 2: Prof Morton's 'Simple Rules for a Good Night's Sleep'.
Recent news stories suggest that Caffeine might be harmful to people with the Huntington's disease mutation, while others claim that Cannabis might be helpful. Here's the lowdown on the science behind these stories, and why we think that a third 'C' - Caution - might be the best medicine when it comes to news stories about HD 'breakthroughs'.
We all know that exercise and staying active are good for everyone, whether or not they are at risk of developing HD. A new study of lifestyle activities in people with the HD mutation suggests that staying active is even more important in HD, and that passive habits – especially during the teenage years – might be one factor that can cause earlier onset of HD symptoms.