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Researchers
are working hard to find a way to prevent people from developing Huntington’s
disease. There has been recent news of a medical procedure that can both slow
the effect of HD and prevent it from developing in the first place. 46 patients
have participated in clinical trials across Germany, Canada and the UK and apparently
one patient in Vancouver seems to be making progress (Jessica Bruno, Adrian Ghobiral
2017.)   People who live with HD only live an average
lifespan of 10 to 30 years and for Juvenile HD its even shorter at 10 years so
while it seems there may be progress it’s always a race against time. Barranquitas
and Luganetas, two villages in Venezuela are a good example of how dire a
situation can become as they became the two places with the highest number of
people living with Huntington’s disease in the world (Kalyan B Bhattacharyya,
2016). An important key to finding the solution is finding out what purpose the
unmutated Huntington gene really serves. Its unknown if there will ever be a
cure for such a debilitating neurological disorder but those who suffer from
Huntington’s disease and there loved ones will not stop looking for a cure.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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