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New drugs being tested for Huntington's Disease

Riders for the Bike for a Cure earlier this year.
Riders for the Bike for a Cure earlier this year.
Huntington's Disease Society of America

Huntington’s Disease (HD) is a progressive and genetic degenerative neurological disorder for which there is currently no cure or treatment. HD slowly diminishes an individual’s ability to walk, talk, think and reason. It is a devastating disease that affects families with a 50% chance of the genes responsible for HD passing along to subsequent generations.

Symptoms of HD typically appear in mid-life between the ages of 30 and 50. Among the more famous with HD is Woody Guthrie who died from complications of the disease in his early 50s.

A new study published July 29, 2010 in the journal “Neuron,” discusses how the enzymes associated with HD that contribute to the disease are the targets for researchers on the hunt for treatments for HD. Still in its early stages, scientists will experiment with mice using new drugs that have proved successful in the treatment of some cancers.

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America Rocky Mountain Chapter, founded in 1986, is located in Denver and serves Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Western Nebraska, and Wyoming. The 12th Annual HDSA Celebration, an Evening of Music and Movement, takes place on August 28, 2010 at the Denver Design Center. See more details.

Earlier this month, the local chapter of HDSA sponsored Bike for the Cure, a 1200 mile ride from Maine to North Carolina to raise awareness and money for HD.

The Rocky Mountain Stroke Center, dedicated to ongoing rehabilitation for stroke survivors, also has a bicycling fundraiser this month. Mary Kay Engel, metro Denver cyclist, whose sister, Kathy, had a stroke in mid-life, is riding from Maine to Florida in a 25-day event that begins on August 15, 2010. Learn more about supporting "Riding for Stroke Rehab." This Examiner reported on one of the "Riding for Rehab" events that took place locally in July.  View a slideshow of that event.

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