June 20, 1993
By the end of this decade, gene doctors promise to offer a kind of voyage into the future.Their "time machine" will be blood tests that will screen you for dozens of genes and provide a statistical peek at your health. Want to know the probability of getting certain diseases, from Alzheimer's to colon cancer to alcoholism? They will tell you.Scientists have touted such genetic information as a powerful tool. Armed with such knowledge, you could change your eating habits to reduce the risk of getting cancer or heart disease.
April 24, 1993
"This is not [just] hope for those who are afflicted. This is life," said one woman who suffers from Huntington's disease, upon hearing of the recent discovery of the renegade gene that triggers the malady. Her enthusiasm -- despite the fact that any potential cure is still years or even decades away -- suggests the extent to which this fatal inherited brain disorder blights the lives of families in which the disease has occurred.The genetic discovery, published in the scientific journal Cell, now makes it possible to conduct accurate screening for the gene, thus relieving the suspense of thousands of people at risk.
December 5, 1990
Lakewood, Colorado.LAST FALL, my wife Jesse and I received confirmation of a tragedy we had been dreading. We learned from a predictive genetic test that our unborn child had a 90 percent chance of developing Huntington's disease, a brain-destroying disorder that killed my grandfather and drove my father to suicide.tTC Suddenly, my wife and I found ourselves facing the most complex and agonizing decision a prospective parent can face. We had to choose between letting our baby grow up destined to die of a long and devastating illness -- or not letting him grow up at all.Of all the known hereditary diseases perhaps none generates more raw terror among those at risk than Huntington's disease, a neurological disorder whose most famous victim was Woody Guthrie.
November 10, 1991
SAD, FAMILIAR STORYEditor: As I read Arlene Ehrlich's story ["A Stricken Father, A Devastated Daughter"] in the Sun Magazine Sept. 15 I felt she was writing about my husband. What went through my mind was, "O God, is this Parkinson's or another case of misdiagnosed Huntington's disease?"The Huntington's Disease Foundation has been working the past 20 years to prevent this, but unfortunately it is still happening. For her sake I hope it is not the case.A. SherwoodBaltimoreWIDEN DJ COVERAGEEditor: . . . I read Mike Giuliano's article "Masters of the Music" (Sept.
October 22, 2004
On October 18, 2004, PEGGY RUTH BRADY, at Riverview Care Center, after an extended struggle with Huntington's Disease. Peggy was the daughter of the late Edward and Ruth Arnold, sister of Carolyn Block and Susan Church, Aunt of seven nephews. She graduated from Western High School in 1949, and Towson State University in 1991. She was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Clerks (and its successors) for more then 37 years. Interment at Lakeview Memorial Park was private. If friends desire to honor her memory contributions to the Huntington's Disease Society of America are suggested.
December 19, 1995
My older brother called from California to tell me that he may have Huntington's disease. I know it runs in families. What are the symptoms of this disease, and is there some way to know whether I will get it too?Huntington's disease is an inherited progressive disorder of the brain that is first manifest on average around age 40, but symptoms can begin in rare instances in childhood or as late as in the 80s.The three major symptoms are abnormal function of the nerves controlling muscles, deterioration of intellectual function (dementia)