Huntington’s Disease

What is Huntington’s Disease.

Huntington’s disease (HD) is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities during their prime working years and has no cure. HD is known as the quintessential family disease because every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of carrying the faulty gene. Today, there are approximately 30,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease.

Many describe the symptoms of HD as having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s – simultaneously.

For more information on Huntington’s disease and also to find support/information: Huntington’s Disease Clinics which are called Centers of Excellence, support group meetings and online support groups, contact info on a HD social worker, HD events in your area, please see:

Other Huntington’s disease organizations in the U.S.:

Help4HD International

For kids and young adults HDYO and NYA 

Hereditary Disease Foundation

Huntington’s Disease Foundation 

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