My Mysterious Body: Huntington's Disease



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Chris Hiron was 33 when Huntington’s Disease started to affect his physical movements. His fine motor skills started to deteriorate and he began to have less control of his limbs. A genetic condition, carriers of the gene have a 50% chance of passing it on to their children. It can affect people both physically and mentally and it will eventually shorten their lives. Micheal Hanly, who so far is asymptomatic, says that carrying the gene really focusses him on living his best life. Micheal's baby son has a 50/50 chance of having inherited the disease, but the search for medical solutions is advancing. Researcher Dr Malvindar Singh-Bains is exploring the possibility of genetically engaging with the Huntington’s gene to limit the effects of the disease. While a cure may be some time off, anything that can slow the disease's progress will be welcome news.

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