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ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis )

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. There is no muscle nourishment. When a muscle has n nourishment, it will waste away. The spinal cord is where portions of the nerve cells signal and control the muscles are located. When this area degenerates it leads to hardening and scarring to the region.

There are two types of ALS, sporadic and familial. Sporadic is the most common form of ALS in which 90-95 percent of all cases. Familial accounts for 5 to 10 percent of all cases in the US. This type of ALS is inherited.

Symptoms

Diagnosis

Treatment

Medication and therapy can help to slow down ALS and reduce discomfort but there is no cure.

For more information visit: http://www.alsa.org/about-als/symptoms.html


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