Drs: Charles Sabine Huntington’s Disease + Norman Reedus Bitten

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The Doctors: Charles Sabine On Huntington’s Disease

Charles Sabine, a 49-year-old who has spent more than half his life working with NBC news as a television journalist. He’s been shot at, blown up, and even taken hostage, but said nothing has made him more afraid than his personal battle with Huntington’s Disease. It’s the same disease that took his father’s life and has stripped his brother of part of his quality of life. Charles joined The Doctors as well as Dr Freda Lewis-Hall, the chief medical officer of Pfizer.

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The Doctors: What Is Huntington’s Disease?

Drs: Charles Sabine Huntington's Disease + Norman Reedus Bitten

Charles Sabine sat down with The Doctors to talk about Huntington’s Disease and his terrifying diagnosis. (sskennel / Flickr)

Huntington’s Disease is a genetic disorder that affects nearly one in every 10,000 people. It has no cure and causes the progressive breakdown of cells in the brain. It usually affects people in the prime of their lives and is ultimately fatal. Dr Lewis-Hall explained that Huntington’s Disease destroys the part of the brain that controls movement. People who have the disease develop writhing, jerking movements that are outside of their control. As it progresses, it could affect the person’s ability to think as well as their personality and behavior.

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Charles explained that both he and his brother inherited the gene from his father, who passed away in 2001. He is currently asymptomatic, but his brother, who was once described as one of the most brilliant lawyers of his time, now has to have a caregiver change his diapers for him. HD is caused by a faulty gene that is passed from parents to children and the child of a parent with HD has a 50% chance of inheriting the gene with the faulty mutation. There’s a blood test you can get to see if you could be carrying that gene. Charles was excited to announce that both his children do not have the faulty gene.

There’s a HD community you can use to help cope with the disease, and lifestyle changes also help to delay the onset of symptoms, including staying active and seeking treatment for fear and anxiety.

The Doctors: Rules For Unruly Children At Restaurants

A Houston-area restaurant had to address the problem of unruly children in their restaurant after a $1,500 piece of artwork was ruined by a child. They decided to start handing out rule cards, which instruct children to stay seated and avoid screaming, touching walls and other patrons, and be respectful. We all want a smooth experience at dinner! Smooth was the word of the day and you can use the word smooth on The Doctors website to enter for a chance to win skin care of GM Collins, valued at $234.

The Doctors: ‘Walking Dead’ Norman Reedus Bitten By Fan

For The Doctors News in 2:00, they reported that The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus was recently at a convention in New Jersey when he was reportedly attacked and bitten by a “crazed fan” while signing autographs. Security detained a woman who later posted on Instagram “Finally meet the love of my life got so excited  standing beside him. Just turned my head and bit him! It wasn’t my intention to hurt him. I’m sorry Norman!”

Human bites can actually be just as dangerous as animal bites because of bacteria inside the mouth. If you sustain a human bite and are worried, seek medical care.

The Doctors: Val Kilmer Health

New photos of Val Kilmer with what looks like a tracheotomy tube surfaced this week, causing concern about the actor’s health. Last January, the 55-year-old actor was rushed to the hospital to reportedly undergo tests for a possible tumor. He was released in February and took to social media to say “I have not had a tumor, or a tumor operator, or any operation. I had a complication where the best way to receive care was to stay under the watchful eye of the UCLA ICU.”

The Doctors: Feeding America & Bird Street Books

With hunger affecting one in seven people in the U.S., Bird Street Books teamed up with Feeding America for this holiday season. Bird St. Books is donating 100% of its proceeds from all book purchases made on BookNook.com to feeding America. Feeding America is the leading organization in the fight against hunger in the U.S.

The Doctors: Stand For Better Health

Sitting for a long period of time could be the reason you’re overweight and researchers recently found that standing for up to six hours a day is linked to a 32% reduced likelihood of obesity. A new trend includes standing work desks to improve health without wasting time.

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