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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a nervous system disease that attacks nerve cells called neurons in your brain and spinal cord. These neurons transmit messages from your brain and spinal cord to your voluntary muscles - the ones you can control, like in your arms and legs. At first, this causes mild muscle problems. Some people notice

  • Trouble walking or running
  • Trouble writing
  • Speech problems

Eventually, you lose your strength and cannot move. When muscles in your chest fail, you cannot breathe. A breathing machine can help, but most people with ALS die from respiratory failure.

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Illustration of the nervous system, including brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves
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  1. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (National Library of Medicine)  
    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a nervous system disease that attacks nerve cells called neurons in your brain and spinal cord. These neurons ... breathing machine can help, but most people with ALS die from respiratory failure. The disease usually strikes ...
  2. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Interactive Tutorial (Patient Education Institute)  
    ... com nr180103 Last reviewed: 12/16/2008 1 ALS ALS attacks the neurons that control muscles, the ...
  3. ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)  
    Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Fact Sheet Clinical Trials Natural History and Biomarkers of C9ORF72 ALS and FTD The purpose of this study is ... Where can I get more information? What is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis? Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes called Lou Gehrig's ...
  4. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke) - Short Summary  
    NINDS Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Information Page Clinical Trials Natural History and Biomarkers of C9ORF72 ALS and FTD The purpose of this study is to ...
  5. ... Our Publications and Videos > Factsheets Share Print The ALS Association's Patient Bill of Rights for People Living With ALS The ALS Association's Patient Bill of Rights for ...
  6. Frequently Asked Questions about ALS and the ALS Registry (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... the font size on the page? Questions About ALS What is ALS? ALS is a disease that ... to ALS. Back to Top Questions About the ALS Registry Why was the ALS registry created? The ...
  7. Lou Gehrig's disease; ALS; Upper and lower motor neuron disease; Motor neuron disease ... 1 out of 10 cases of ALS are due to a genetic defect. The other times, the cause is unknown. In ALS, nerve cells (neurons) waste away or die, ...
  8. ... PubMed Recent literature OMIM Genetic disorder catalog Conditions > Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis On this page: Description Genetic changes Inheritance Diagnosis ...
  9. Resources - ALS ... following organizations are good resources for information on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis : Muscular Dystrophy Association - http://mda.org/disease/amyotrophic- ...
  10. Everyday Life with ALS: A Practical Guide (Muscular Dystrophy Association)  
    ... in this one. Back to top Resources MDA ALS Division The Muscular Dystrophy Association, one of the ... 572-1717. Back to top General Resources About ALS In addition, consult the MDA ALS Caregiver’s Guide, ...
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