Celebrities With Huntingtons Disease. What is Huntington’s Disease? Named after American physician George Huntington, who was the first to describe the condition, Huntington’s disease is an inheritable neurological disorder which affects movement, cognition (perception, awareness, thinking, judgement), and behavior and which gets progressively worse over time.

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Named after Japanese doctor Hakaru Hashimoto who first described it, Hashimoto’s disease affects about 1 to 1.5 in 1000 people. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. It is found among children and adults as well as men and women but it most often occurs in women between 30 to 60 years old.

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