June 3, 2008 - Issue: Vol. 154, No. 90 — Daily Edition110th Congress (2007 - 2008) - 2nd Session
(Senate - June 03, 2008)
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[Page S4973] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] SUBMITTED RESOLUTIONS ______ SENATE RESOLUTION 581--DESIGNATING JUNE 6, 2008, AS ``NATIONAL HUNTINGTON'S DISEASE AWARENESS DAY'' Mr. INHOFE (for himself and Mr. Dodd) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to: S. Res. 581 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. ____________________