HD is extremely debilitating, and if the patient lives long enough, the symptoms can become extremely severe. It is not uncommon for patients who suffer from the disease to suffer extreme depression and sometimes suicide, so developing medications that could delay or slow the disease are extremely important, and laboratory testing should definitely continue in this area.
Laboratory work in the past decades has helped develop a much deeper understanding of the disease. A group of writers note, “Within the last 4 decades, great strides have been made that have furthered our understanding of the neural bases of HD” (Montoya, Price, Menear and Lepage 2006). This is also extremely important in the understanding and eventual eradication of the disease.
All of these results are extremely positive for families who know they suffer from the disease, and for hopefully preventing the disease in the future. Without laboratory testing and research, many of the worlds worst diseases would have never been cured. However, diseases like Huntingtons disease, and many others, are still in the early stages of study, and much more lab time needs to occur to help the people afflicted by HD and other drastic diseases. The laboratory work on HD so far is extremely encouraging, and it should continue, but more public awareness of diseases like this should occur, too. When diseases like this become apparent to the public, they cry out for answers, and that is just what should happen with research and study into this disease.
In conclusion, Huntingtons disease is a horrific illness that is genetic in origin. Children run a 50/50 chance of developing it. The good news is, if they do not develop it, they will not pass it on to their children. The bad news is that much more study and research needs to occur before doctors can control and eradicate the disease. Work in laboratories across the country is developing new, innovative methods to treat and eventually eradicate the disease, and that groundbreaking work needs to continue.
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