What is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neuron disease (MND) or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that affects the motor neurons in the brain, brain stem, and spinal cord. People with ALS/MND lose the ability to initiate and control voluntary muscle movement, but their mind remains sharp. The average life expectancy is 3-5 years from time of diagnosis. The cause of ALS/MND remains unknown and there are no effective treatments available for people living with the disease.

For more information:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis/basics/definition/con-20024397

http://www.webmd.com/brain/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis

http://mda.org/disease/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis

http://www.alsa.org/about-als/what-is-als.html

 

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