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The ImpactHD app is the product of Huntington’s enrichment research optimisation scheme (HEROs) research conducted in 2012.

The program looked at physical, mental and social stimulation to see if it would have any effect on the progression of HD symptoms.

Former Chief Scientist of WA Lyn Beazly with some of the HEROs participants.

“The results of these studies support the idea that a sustained program of regular, exercise and rehabilitative therapy are of benefit to HD patients. It reminds us that, while we await therapies to prevent or delay the onset of HD, there are a number of beneficial things we can do to improve the quality of life of HD patients today.” – Dr Tamara Maiuri in “More evidence points to Huntington’s disease exercise benefit.”

The research showed promising results but is always important to keep in mind that this study was done on a small scale and will need to be peer reviewed. If you’re interested in reading the full report, you can view it here: https://www.huntingtonswa.org.au/research/heros-ecu-research/ 

In conclusion it was demonstrated that a multidisciplinary program of rehabilitation can significantly impact on the phenotypic expression of HD, resulting in beneficial changes in motor function, cognition, body composition and strength.

If you are curious about the article and would like to know more about the study in lamens terms, the full article is available here: https://en.hdbuzz.net/151