Huntington's disease is one of the most devastating illnesses that can affect a person. It's often referred to as what it would be like if Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and ALS were all rolled into one condition.
However, the drastic impact it has on a person and their family may be a thing of the past. There is a new glimmer of hope, thanks to a study done in London which may have finally found a way to treat and prevent the disease.
Huntington's occurs when there is an error in the DNA. The area which is responsible for making a protein called 'huntingtin' is affected, and instead of making the necessary protein, the mutated cells cause certain areas of the brain to die. It causes physical symptoms like difficulty walking, talking, and even swallowing. Cognitively, Huntington's makes it difficult to recall information or remain focused. It also is known to cause depression, anxiety, and obsessive behavior.
There has never been a cure for the disease, but finally scientists have created a "groundbreaking" drug that might be the answer we have all been looking for.