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They found the faulty gene a few years ago. The race is on now to use that knowledge to find a cure. A number of treatments are under development that look promising. In June of 2006 mice with Huntington's Disease were cured of HD using a new technique. This is bigger news than it might first appear, since it is the first time the word 'cure' has ever been usable for this incurable disease. The news was reported in Cell journal.

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You can find out more about Huntington’s Disease and donate to help with the medical research, if you have a mind to, via the Huntington’s Disease Association, whose UK branch is on this link:

Sandy is keen to raise awareness of the illness, which used to be known in the Middle Ages as St. Vitas’ Dance and, later, as Huntington’s Chorea. A film production company, ZKK, who have produced some interesting films for Channel 4, came to see us recently to do some test filming. They are interested in possibly making a documentary about how Sandy and the rest of the family live with HD. They have proposals out with a couple of terrestrial TV networks at the moment. Danny (our teenager) says the Osbournes better watch out…