When most people consider therapies, they often think of prescriptions and side effects. However, animal companion therapy is proving to be an effective means of improving well-being among patients. Many of the benefits of animal companion therapy can extend to patients and family members living with Huntington’s disease. This article highlights the physical effects caused [...]
The Huntington’s Disease Society of America hosted the “20th Anniversary of HD Gene Discovery: Lessons Learned” celebration symposium in the Hart Senate Building in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. HOPES was able to send a representative to the event. This is a summary of the representative’s experiences. The Huntington’s Disease Society of America [...]
When dealing with media files (such as video or audio files) or large document files (such as pdfs or docs), there are basically 2 options available:
Some of the content at HOPES can only be viewed in certain applications separate from the usual web browser. Because most of these programs are designed specifically for web use, they are often referred to as "plug-ins" because they usually install a small program that can operate directly within one's browser if asked to do so.
Within this web site, the term "cause" is synonymous with "explanation". That is, a cause is an explanation, or a partial explanation, of why something (such as HD) occurs.
In all people, the three-letter codon sequence C-A-G is repeated several times at one end of the Huntington gene. In people with HD, the Huntington gene has an increased number of CAG repeats. Thus, there are different versions or alleles of the Huntington gene, one for each different number of CAG repeats.
Correlation and causality are ways to describe the relationship between two events. If two events are correlated, then they usually occur together. For instance, people with 40 or more CAG repeats usually develop HD. People with 35 or fewer repeat numbers usually do not develop HD. These instances are examples of correlated events.
HOPES is a team of faculty and undergraduate students at Stanford University dedicated to making scientific information about Huntington's disease (HD) more readily accessible to the public. Our goal is to survey the rapidly growing scientific literature on HD and to present this information in a web source. We seek to provide information about causes, symptoms and treatment of HD that reflects current scientific understanding of HD. To date, HOPES resources have reached out to families in over 47 countries.
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Gene therapy may switch off Huntington's
By Bob Holmes, Banff