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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 ...
  2. Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) (Nemours Foundation)  
    What Is Lou Gehrig's Disease? Lou Gehrig's disease is a disorder that's also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (say: ah-my-uh-TRO-fik ... deal with the challenges they face. Living With Lou Gehrig's Disease According to the ALS Association, about half of ...
  3. ... please enable JavaScript. Scientists Make Gene Discovery in Lou Gehrig's Disease Finding may advance understanding of fatal, degenerative condition (* ... amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease -- has been identified in a study led by ...
  4. ... Signs That High-Calorie Diet May Help With Lou Gehrig's Disease Regimen that boosted carbohydrate intake seemed to work ... amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease -- who are fed a high-calorie, high-carb ...
  5. Genetic Lassos May Steer Neurons Toward Survival During Lou Gehrig's Disease From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)  
    Genetic Lassos May Steer Neurons Toward Survival During Lou Gehrig's Disease Follow NINDSnews For release: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 ... in Nature Genetics . Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a degenerative disease which degrades motor neurons, ...
  6. ... DNA may lead to a genetic form of Lou Gehrig’s disease NIH-funded scientists reveal how a genetic code ... for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), and frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), the second most common ...
  7. Lou Gehrig's disease; ALS; Upper and lower motor neuron disease; Motor neuron disease ... Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2012:chap 74. Shaw PJ. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other motor neuron diseases. In: Goldman L, ...
  8. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Interactive Tutorial (Patient Education Institute)  
    ... the ability to move. It is also called Lou Gehrig’s disease. About 20,000 Americans have ALS, and 5, ... with ALS, especially during the final stages. Summary Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a very serious neurological disease that affects ...
  9. ... the progress of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease). The drug also may delay the need for ...
  10. ... certain conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease; condition in which the nerves that control muscle ...
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