Huntington's Disease News
Pope embraces Huntington's afflicted in bid to end stigma
Pope Francis embraced weeping mothers, fathers and children with Huntington's Disease as he sought to remove the stigma of an incurable genetic disorder that causes devastating physical and psychiatric effects
Breeding Out Breast Cancer Risk: A Step Too Far?
Breast cancer is the latest disease being bred out of families through preimplantation genetic diagnosis – an embryo screening test once reserved for fatal genetic disorders. The test, dubbed PGD, uses a single cell to scour the DNA for genetic typos during the in vitro...
Sundance Film Follows Woman's Worst Fear: Does She Have Huntington's Disease ?
Marianna Palka, who left Scotland to pursue a career in filmmaking in the United States, knew she had a "50-50" chance of getting Huntington's disease – a rare, but devastating genetic disease that has been described as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and ALS, all rolled into one. It began to destroy her
Young Cancer Patient Lives On as a Character in 'Total War: Rome II'
One character in the upcoming "Total War: Rome II" video game has special significance for the developers at Creative Assembly. The character is modeled after a young man named James, who recently died of liver cancer, and inspired the video game developers with his kindness and bravery. James was
Harvard Prof Says Neanderthal Clones Possible but Experts Doubt It
A Harvard geneticist has raised eyebrows by declaring that scientists could make a Neanderthal clone baby if they had an "extremely adventurous female human" as a surrogate. When geneticist George Church talked about cloning Neanderthals in his book and subsequent interview with Der Spiegel news
2 UC Davis Surgeons Banned From Conducting Human Research
Two University of California at Davis surgeons have been banned from doing human research after they injected bacteria into the head wounds of consenting terminally ill patients without university authorization, according to a letter sent from the school to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Rett Syndrome Girls Lose Speech and Hands, But Not Hope
For the first year of life, Chelsea Coenraads was a perfectly normal child, playing peek-a-boo and patta-cake and uttering her first word in the bath – "duck." But that's the last word the little girl would ever speak. As her first birthday approached, everything Chelsea had learned in her normal
Kathleen Edward, Girl Taunted Online While Battling Huntington's Disease , Dies
The 9-year-old Michigan girl taunted on Facebook by neighbors while she suffered from a terminal disease died Wednesday, according to WXYZ-TV. Kathleen Edward of Trenton, Mich., died from Huntington's disease , the same genetic degenerative brain disorder that took her mother's life in 2009. Back
Promising New Treatment for Huntington's Disease
When Scott Falciglia was 10 years old, his parents sat him down to tell him that his 40-year-old mother, Alice, was diagnosed with Huntington's disease, a devastating degenerative condition that breaks down nerve cells in the brains. "They told me I was at risk and there's no cure or treatment and
Child Dying of Huntington's Disease While Family Taunted by Neighbors
The family of a 7-year-old Trenton, Mich. girl who is battling a terminal illness has had to take on a very different battle: taunts about the child's condition from their neighbors. Kathleen Edward is in the late stages of Huntington's disease , a genetic degenerative brain disorder, according to