By: Leigh Torres, Brittany Meade, and Cameron Sabel
What Is Huntington's Disease?
Huntington's disease is a progressive brain disorder that causes uncontrolled movements, emotional problems, and loss of thinking ability.
What causes Huntington's Disease?
Huntington's disease is caused by a defect in a particular gene. When a defect occurs in this gene, the body creates an abnormal protein, which disrupts the normal function of certain nerve cells, ultimately leading to their premature death.
What are the symptoms of Huntington's Disease?
poor memory, depression or mood swings, lack of coordination, twitching or other uncontrolled movements, and difficulty walking, speaking, or swallowing. In the late stages of the disease, a person will need help doing even simple tasks, such as getting dressed.