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alzheimers

Brain and Nervous System
October 8, 2018

What is Huntington’s disease?

Huntington’s disease is a progressive brain disorder in which parts of the brain stop working properly over time. It involves a loss of the ability to think properly, to regulate emotions and control movements. Adult-onset Huntington’s disease is the most common form of this disorder. Early signs and symptoms may include irritability, depression, small involuntary movements, poor coordination, trouble learning new information or a difficulty in making decisions. Many people with Huntington’s disease develop involuntary jerking or twitching movements, known as chorea. As the disease progresses, these movements become more pronounced. When this happens, they may have trouble walking, speaking,…
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Brain and Nervous System
February 20, 2018

Helping someone with Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia (a group of thinking and social symptoms that interfere with daily functioning), and it is marked by a progressive degeneration of brain tissue. Eventually, people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease lose the ability to think, reason and coordinate movement, becoming incapacitated over the course of five to eight years. It primarily affects people over the age of 65 and in such cases, it’s known as late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. It has also been reported among people in their 50s and 40s, but is rarely diagnosed in people in their 30s when it is…
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