What is ALS

What is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Motor Neuron Disease or Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neurological disease that causes motor neurons to lose function and die. The brain is left unable to control movement in the rest of the body while cognitive functions are left unimpaired.

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Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease or Motor Neuron Disease (MND). It is a progressive and fatal neurodegenerative disease that causes muscle weakness, difficulty breathing and swallowing, and paralysis while leaving the senses intact. Most people survive two to five years after their diagnosis, with an estimated 30,000 people in the U.S. and 450,000 worldwide living with the disease. While ALS is often considered a mid-to late-life disease, ALS affects people of all ages. It can affect anyone, anywhere. Currently, there is no effective treatment or cure.

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