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Huntington's disease rises by 55% among Scots

Huntington's disease rises by 55% among Scots
28th May 2015

The Scottish Huntington's Association (SHA) has announced that the number of Scots being diagnosed with Huntington's disease has risen by 55 per cent since 2012.

The number of referrals in Scotland stood at 1,103 last year, a rise from the 709 recorded three years ago, and now the SHA is calling on the UK government for an action plan.

SHA chief executive John Eden said: "The continuing growth in the prevalence of Huntington's disease is alarming. This not only puts a fantastic strain on the limited resources we have for supporting Huntington's disease families, it also means that levels of care across the country for those affected varies considerably."

Mr Eden added that with the average age of onset being between 33 and 45, 24-hour care is becoming increasingly crucial for sufferers, and people should be able to rely on a standard level of care, regardless of where they live in the UK.

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