Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Exercise Delays Huntington's Disease in Mice

“Exercise delayed the symptoms of Huntington's disease in mice genetically engineered to develop the brain disease, and may offer some small hope to people who know they will develop it, researchers said on Tuesday. They said the combination of exercise and other environmental stimulation may help slow the onset of the genetic disease, which has no cure and is always fatal. And their findings, published in the journal BioMed Central Neuroscience, might offer ways to treat other brain diseases, such as Alzheimer's, they said. Huntington's disease affects up to one person in every 10,000. Children of people with the disease have a 50 percent chance of inheriting the faulty gene that causes it, and if they get the gene, they will develop Huntington's.”

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