An estimated 30,000 Americans live with Huntington’s Disease (HD), which is an inherited brain disease that can affect people from two to 80. Symptoms typically appear in people between the ages of 30 and 50. HD is a genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. This, in turn, causes abnormal, writhing, wiggling movements of the body with loss of balance and poor dexterity. Huntington’s also causes problems with mood, judgment, memory and cognition. HD causes deterioration of a person's physical and mental abilities during the prime working years.
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