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“The Race Against Time” PSY100A-Gerontology April 30, 2007 1
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Dr. Mason Progeria 4-29-2007 “The Race Against Time” Progeria is a word that comes from the Greek meaning “prematurely old” it is a rare disease that still no one knows how to treat. Hutchinson - Gilford syndrome is a form of Progeria that affects children from birth. Werner’s syndrome is also another form but this affects older adults. Each one has similar symptoms that affect the body of the individual. There are far too little cases in the United States for many to know and understand the disease. There are two types of Progeria. The first and better known of the two is Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome. This is a disease caused by one genetic makeup; this form mainly affects children from birth. The child may be ten but have the conditions and feature of a eighty year old man or woman. Other names that physicians or medical people may use are HGPS, Progeria, Progeria of childhood, and the full name Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome. Progeria is not well known but still for many is important to find a cure. It was found by Jonathan Hutchinson and Hastings Gilford in 1886 it was names after the two men, and recently one hundred cases have been found. Another form of Progeria is Werner’s syndrome. This affects young to middle aged adults; the symptoms develop after puberty, and when they reach their late thirties to forty they look like they are sixty or seventy years of age. Werner’s is more often 2
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called progeroid syndrome rather then Progeria. This form of progeria got its name from Otto Werner a young man who discovered and wrote about it in the early 1900’s. In the “Clinical and Experimental Dermatology” magazine they did an article on a brother and sister with Werner’s syndrome. A forty one year old woman had an ulcer on her heal along with cataracts. The second case they examined was a thirty seven year old man who was the brother of the forty year old woman. He had similar issues. There are many differences in a child diagnosed with Hutchinson-Gilford
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