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BACKGROUND Huntington's disease (HD) is characterised by both regional and generalised neuronal cell loss in the brain. Investigating functional brain connectivity patterns in rest in HD has the potential to broaden the understanding of brain functionality in relation to disease progression. This study aims to establish whether brain connectivity during(More)
BACKGROUND Deterioration of cognitive functioning is a debilitating symptom in many neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington's disease (HD). To date, there are no effective treatments for the cognitive problems associated with HD. Cognitive assessment outcomes will have a central role in the efforts to develop treatments to delay onset or slow the(More)
Increased iron in subcortical structures in patients with Huntington's Disease (HD) has been suggested as a causal factor of neuronal degeneration. The present study examines iron accumulation, measured using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), in premanifest gene carriers and in early HD patients as compared to healthy controls. In total 27 early HD(More)
The authors report the inter-rater reliability and factor structure of the Short Problem Behaviors Assessment (PBA-s), a semistructured interview to measure severity and frequency of behavioral problems in Huntington's disease. Video recordings of 410 PBA-s interviews were rescored by an independent rater, and Cohen's kappa calculated to assess inter-rater(More)
BACKGROUND We previously demonstrated that in the premanifest stage of Huntington's disease (preHD), a reduced functional connectivity exists compared to healthy controls. In the current study, we look at possible changes in functional connectivity occurring longitudinally over a period of 3 years, with the aim of assessing the potential usefulness of this(More)
Facial emotion recognition impairments have been reported in Huntington's disease (HD). However, the nature of the impairments across the spectrum of HD remains unclear. We report on emotion recognition data from 344 participants comprising premanifest HD (PreHD) and early HD patients, and controls. In a test of recognition of facial emotions, we examined(More)
Working memory deficits have been found in Huntington's disease (HD) and in a small group of premanifest (PreHD) gene-carriers. However, the nature and extent of these deficits are unknown. In a large cross-sectional study, we aimed to determine the degree of visuospatial working memory dysfunction across multiple stages of HD. Specifically, visuospatial(More)
BACKGROUND Earlier research has found cross-sectional attentional control deficits in manifest Huntington's disease (HD) using neuropsychological testing combined with simultaneous P300 registration. In the current pilot-study, we investigate attentional control in pre-manifest and manifest HD over a 3-year follow-up period. METHOD Five manifest HD (MHD),(More)
Motor disturbances can be present in both manifest and premanifest Huntington's disease (HD). We aimed to investigate the role of motor functioning on executive functioning to better understand the progression of cognitive dysfunction in HD. Forty patients with manifest HD, 21 patients with premanifest HD, and a group of 28 controls were tested twice with a(More)
BACKGROUND Cognitive decline in Huntington's disease (HD) remains an area of inconsistencies, especially far from disease onset. OBJECTIVE To clarify the course of cognition in premanifest HD. METHODS Twenty-six premanifest HD, 19 manifest HD, and 87 control subjects were followed for ten years, using an extensive cognitive battery. Differences in(More)