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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)  
    Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Introduction Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, is a serious neurological disease that affects the ability to ... com nr180104 Last reviewed: 03/20/2013 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. 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 What is the National ALS Registry? In ...
  6. ... 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 ...
  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. ... names Glossary definitions Reviewed August 2012 What is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis? Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive disease ... diagnosed as having ALS-FTD. How common is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis? About 5,000 people in the United States ...
  9. Resources - ALS ... following organizations are good resources for information on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis : Muscular Dystrophy Association - http://mda.org/disease/amyotrophic- ...
  10. Genetic Testing for ALS (ALS Association) - PDF  
    ... Our Publications and Videos > Factsheets Share Print Familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (FALS) and Genetic Testing By Deborah Hartzfeld, MS, CGC, Certified Genetic Counselor Familial ALS Most of the time ALS is not inherited. ...
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