Author Archives: Marta Figueiredo PhD

UK Guidelines Look to Better Mental Health of Huntington’s and Other Patients

The British Psychological Society has released evidence-based recommendations for health professionals managing the psychological health of people with Huntington’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. Its document noted the lack of research on psychological interventions and the poor access to specialized mental health services for these patient groups, highlighting an urgent…

More MOR1 May Contribute to Psychiatric, Motor Symptoms

Higher-than-normal levels of mu-opioid receptor 1 (MOR1) in the striatum — a brain region particularly affected in Huntington’s disease — may contribute to both early psychiatric symptoms and late motor difficulties seen in Huntington’s patients, according to a study in a mouse model of the disease. The data also…

Huntington’s Alters Brain Development Before Birth, Study Shows

Huntington’s disease alters nerve cell development in the cortex — a brain region largely affected in people with the condition — before birth, a study has found. “Huntington’s definitely has a neurodevelopmental component in addition to a neurodegenerative disease,” Sandrine Humbert, PhD, the study’s senior author at the…