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Parkinson's Disease, Huntington's Disease, and the Brain by Eric Kandel

Parkinson's Disease, Huntington's Disease, and the Brain

by Eric Kandel

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This episode of the Charlie Rose Brain Series deals with Parkinson's Disease and Huntington's Disease. These diseases affect the motor system, often leading to tremors and other motor symptoms. They can also affect non-motor systems in the brain sometimes leading to dementia. The panel of scientists discusses the genetic component of the diseases, particularly Huntington's disease. While neither disease is curable, there are treatments. For Parkinson's disease, treatments related to dopamine have been effective. One of the guests on the panel has Parkinson's disease, and another has Huntington's disease, and they describe their experiences of living with these motor disorders. At the end of the program, the scientists are hopeful about how far they've come in understanding these diseases and that there may one day be a cure.


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