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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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  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. 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 move. It is also called Lou Gehrig’s disease. ...
  3. ... 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 ...
  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 ... Trials Organizations Additional resources from MedlinePlus What is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)? Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes called Lou ...
  5. 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 ... Where can I get more information? What is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis? Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes called Lou Gehrig's ...
  6. ClinicalTrials.gov: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)  
  7. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)  
  8. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that ... Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2012:chap 74. Shaw PJ. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other motor neuron diseases. In: Goldman L, ...
  9. Pregnancy and Childbirth with Neuromuscular Disease (Muscular Dystrophy Association) - PDF  
    ... Scared and Worried Aimee Chamernik, 40 Grayslake, Ill. amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) A imee Chamernik was 33 and just ... of Fate Erin Brady Worsham, 51 Nashville, Tenn. amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) E rin Brady Worsham tried to get ...
  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, ...
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