Huntington’s disease, which is often called HD, is an hereditary disorder of the central nervous system. It affects both men and women and usually develops in adulthood. It is estimated that it affects 1 in 10,000 people worldwide.
The disease leads to damage of the nerve cells that in turn leads to gradual physical, mental and emotional changes. There is no cure for the disease but the symptoms can be managed. There is much research going on throughout the world into treatment and prevention of HD.
For more information on the symptoms and treatment of HD please go to the web site of the Huntington’s Disease Association. You can download fact sheets, find out about the latest research and even make a donation on line. It also has links to other HD web sites around the world.
Other useful sites to find more information on Huntington’s Disease are HD Buzz, which provides information about the disorder and various scientific research being performed to find a cure, and HD Youth Organization set up specifically to provide support for young people around the world impacted by Huntington’s disease.