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Family Planning

Family Planning The decision to have a family comes with a great deal of responsibility, and many important choices. For people with Huntington’s disease (HD), one of the most pressing considerations in their decision to have children relates to the disorder. People with HD have a 50% risk of passing…

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HD in Private Practice

In the Private Practice episode called “In Which Charlotte Goes Down the Rabbit Hole”, a character named Angie has misled her husband in believing she does not want a family. She has also led him to believe that he is infertile. Angie wants the doctors to lie on her behalf…

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Inside the O’Briens

  Following her great success with Still Alice and Alzheimer’s disease, neuroscientist and author Lisa Genova attempts to accurately portray the disease experience of a Huntington’s disease (HD) family in her latest novel, Inside the O’Briens. Unlike most media outlets, Genova goes to great lengths to understand the disease, both…

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Genetic Testing

Individuals at risk for Huntington's disease (HD) have the option of undergoing genetic testing, which detects the presence or absence of the genetic sequence that causes HD. The decision of whether or not to undergo genetic testing is intensely personal, with many factors to consider. This chapter will provide scientific…

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HOPES Alumni

What are our HOPES alumni up to now? Aimee Zhang – Project Leader & Student Researcher; B.A. in Psychology Since graduation, I have continued doing research in clinical psychology. For a year, I was working at a mental health startup in San Francisco. I am currently enrolled in a clinical…

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Help4HD International 2016 Symposium

            On April 9th, HOPESters Natty and Caitlin attended Help4HD’s 3rd annual symposium in Sacramento, California. The all-day event featured a wide range of presentations from speakers representing academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and research groups. The event honored the work and retirement of Terry Tempkin, RNC, MSN, ANP. Terry is…

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HD in House

The television medical drama House is one of the most famous examples of the use of Huntington’s disease in the media. One of the main characters, Thirteen, is affected by Huntington’s disease in many different capacities, and several episodes are devoted to exploring the emotional impact of HD. In this…

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Stories of HOPES: “Like Father Like Son?”

“Like Father Like Son?” Ben and Trisha’s family have dinner together and discover that support and camaraderie goes deeper than their mutual concerns about HD. Although the gathering ends happily, Ben is agitated by the thought that his son, who is like him in almost every way, will eventually develop…

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Neuroimaging

Neuroimaging refers to techniques that produce images of the brain without requiring surgery, incision of the skin, or any direct contact with the inside of the body.  Because these technologies enable noninvasive visualization of the structure and functionality of the brain, neuroimaging has become a powerful tool for both research…

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Stages of Huntington’s Disease

Stages-of-HD People with Huntington’s disease (HD) follow a path of disease progression once symptoms begin. While patients can remain highly functional in the first years of the disease, independence gives way as symptoms get worse. This article discusses the ways in which HD symptoms change from one stage to the…

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