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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
(ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease)
By Alex Colton…read more

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What is it?
· ALS is the most common motor neuron disease
· It is a very rare and fatal disease which
originates from neurodegeneration
· The nerve cells known as motor neurons are
most specifically affected…read more

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What are Motor Neurons?
· Motor neurons are specialised nerve cells
· They control movement actions such as; walking
, speaking, breathing and swallowing.
·Loss of motor neuron
function means an
increasing loss of mobility
in your limbs and difficulty
with breathing, swallowing
and speech.…read more

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What causes ASL?
· There is no known cause
· It is known to run in families but this is only for
about 5% of cases
· There have been many risk factors linked to
ASL but none have been proven…read more

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Is there a treatment?
· There is no cure for ALS
· There is a drug, Riluzole, which is said to help
slow the progress of the disease and lengthen
· The main way of helping people with ALS is
improving their life quality…read more

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How common is it?
· It occurs in 2 out of 100,000 people in the UK
· It mainly affects people over 40 years old
· It is most common in men (60%)
· Most will only survive 3-5 years…read more


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