The Huntingtons 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, Dec. 11, in the Saint Francis Room at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center.
Regular meetings are open to those who suffer from Huntingtons Disease, their family members, caregivers and health care professionals.
Huntingtons 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 Huntingtons 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 Huntingtons. For information, call 815/282-0600.
OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, a Level I Trauma Center, is owned and operated by OSF HealthCare, an affiliate corporation of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, Peoria. Its web site is www.osfhealth.com.
For the third year in a row, consumers in Northern Illinois selected OSF Saint Anthony as a Consumer Choice Award winner in a survey conducted by National Research Corporation.
OSF Saint Anthony is the only Rockford medical center to earn the elite Magnet designation for nursing excellence. It is the highest award for nursing available in the United States.
From the Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2005, issue