Signs of HD found 24 years before symptoms
17th June, 2020
Small changes in the brain caused by Huntington’s disease are detectable 24 years before symptoms emerge, new research shows.
Researchers believe the findings will assist in identifying how early treatment should begin for people who have the faulty HD gene.
They come at the same time as clinical trials in Australia and across the world are testing promising new drugs designed to slow and possibly reverse the progress of the disease.
A team led by Professor Sarah Tabrizi from the Huntington’s disease Centre at the University College London (UCL) conducted the HD Young Adult Study (YAS), and the results were recently published in the Lancet Neurology journal.