Health and Wellness: Dealing with Huntington’s disease

With the help of The Huntington’s Association of South Africa, Pippa Hudson looks into a devastating genetic condition called Huntington’s Disease.

By shining a light on this disease, we hope to help break the stigma attached to it, and increase public awareness and knowledge around this condition.

Huntington’s Disease is a neuro-degenerative condition that affects both body and mind, resulting in a gradual decline in both cognitive abilities and muscle co-ordination.

Pippa Hudson speaks to Huntington’s Association of South Africa representative Thelma Naude as well as Tarryn Shaw, Medical Intern and a genetic councillor at UCT.

Listen to the full conversation on The Pippa Hudson Show:

Tarryn gives three symptoms of Huntington’s Disease as:

  • Uncontrollable muscle movements
  • Emotional and behavioural characteristics
  • Loss of thinking ability

She says there is currently no cure for this disease, but only treatment available to help manage symptoms such as anxiety and movement disorder.


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