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What treatments are available that lessen the condition of PWS?

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There is not a cure for Prader-Willi syndrome, however, by utilizing hormone treatments and modafinil for sleepiness during the day, as well as behavioral therapy for mental health issues, the symptoms can be lessened, according to the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research. The syndrome is tested through a methylation analysis using the blood as well as a FISH test.

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Prader-Willi syndrome, or is a debilitating disease that is present at birth and leads a person to have difficulty keeping muscle tone, producing hormones and may lead to obesity, reports the New York Times. People with the disease tend to have a lower mental ability.

One of the most common treatments to help lessen the symptoms of PWS is growth hormone therapy. Growth hormone therapy can help the person grow, build body mass while losing fat mass, increase flexibility and help with behavioral problems. It can also help people build a higher mental acuity if it is given when the person is very young, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

There are other problems that may occur in a person with PWS that will need to be treated. These include sleep issues, physical debilities, spine curvature, behavior and eye problems. These will be treated by visiting the necessary specialty doctors each year and taking the medication for whatever condition has arisen. Babies may also have trouble eating and need to be on a strict food schedule.

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