Huntington’s Disease meeting Feb. 12

The Huntington’s Disease Support Group generally meets on the second Sunday of every month at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center.

The next meeting will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, in the Saint Francis Room at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center.

Regular meetings are open to those who suffer from Huntington’s Disease, their family members, caregivers and health care professionals.

Huntington’s Disease is a genetic disorder in which people, often in midlife, begin experiencing degeneration of the basal ganglia, paired nerve cell clusters in the brain. This degeneration leads to symptoms of rapid, involuntary, jerky movements and dementia. Symptoms generally do not develop until patients are 35 to 50 years old, often after they have passed the gene on to their children.

Today, the gene mutation that causes Huntington’s Disease has been identified, and people who have a parent with the disease can find out whether they have inherited the disease. Although drugs can relieve symptoms and control behavior, there is currently no cure for Huntington’s. For information, call 815/282-0600.

From the Feb. 8-14, 2006, issue

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