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Agreed to Senate (06/03/2008)


110th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. RES. 581


Designating June 6, 2008, as “National Huntington’s Disease Awareness Day”.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 3, 2008

Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. Dodd) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to


RESOLUTION

Designating June 6, 2008, as “National Huntington’s Disease Awareness Day”.

    Whereas Huntington’s Disease is a progressive degenerative neurological disease that causes total physical and mental deterioration over a 12 to 15 year period;

    Whereas each child of a parent with Huntington's Disease has a 50 percent chance of inheriting the Huntington’s Disease gene;

    Whereas Huntington’s Disease typically begins in mid-life, between the ages of 30 and 45, though onset may occur as early as the age of 2;

    Whereas children who develop the juvenile form of the disease rarely live to adulthood;

    Whereas the average lifespan after onset of Huntington’s Disease is 10 to 20 years, and the younger the age of onset, the more rapid the progression of the disease;

    Whereas Huntington’s Disease affects 30,000 patients and 200,000 genetically “at risk” individuals in the United States;

    Whereas, since the discovery of the gene that causes Huntington’s Disease in 1993, the pace of Huntington's Disease research has accelerated;

    Whereas, although no effective treatment or cure currently exists, scientists and researchers are hopeful that breakthroughs will be forthcoming;

    Whereas researchers across the Nation are conducting important research projects involving Huntington’s Disease; and

    Whereas the Senate is an institution that can raise awareness in the general public and the medical community of Huntington’s Disease: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate—

(1) designates June 6, 2008, as “National Huntington’s Disease Awareness Day”;

(2) recognizes that all people of the United States should become more informed and aware of Huntington’s Disease; and

(3) respectfully requests the Secretary of the Senate to transmit a copy of this resolution to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.


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