Huntington’s Disease


If your parent has Huntington’s disease, then you have a 50-percent chance of inheriting this progressive brain disorder. What exactly is it and what challenges do patients, their families and caregivers face? We went to the top for answers. World-renowned Huntington’s disease expert, Dr. Michael Hayden, President of Global Research and Development at Teva Pharmaceuticals, joins us to discuss the illness. Also on the show: Dr. Victor W. Sung, Director of the Huntington’s disease clinic at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Mike Smith, a Huntington’s disease patient, as well as his wife and caregiver, Myra Smith. Huntington’s disease is a devastating neurodegenerative genetic disorder that affects movement and leads to cognitive decline and psychiatric problems. It’s a rare disease – we’re talking 1 in every 10,000 people, worldwide. However, the medical community is excited about what the future holds. You don’t want to miss this!