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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
ALS was first described as a disease sometime in the 1920's, as I recall. It was one of the most obscure of all really obscure diseases - many doctors were not even familiar w…ith it. Once Lou Gehrig's condition was properly diagnosed, the public wanted all the information it could get on the disease, and it logically came to be called, offhandedly, "Lou Gehrig's Disease". Common for many years, that is gradually fading out as it is more and more being referred to as "ALS" again. Should the reader wonder, it stands for "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis".
"Familial", ALS suggests the disease is inherited, although no heredity pattern exists in the majority of ALS cases. About 5 to 10 percent of all ALS patients appear to have a… genetic or inherited component. In those families, 50 percent of the all offspring are expected to have the disease. Most who develop ALS are between the ages of 40 and 70. There have been many cases of the disease attacking teenagers, though generally, ALS occurs in greater percentages as men and women grow older. It was once believed that men developed ALS more frequently than women. That no longer appears to be the case, and today both sexes are affected in nearly equal numbers. Symptoms of Lou Gehrig's DiseaseEarly symptoms vary with each individual, but they usually include tripping, dropping things, abnormal fatigue of the arms and/or legs, slurred speech, muscle cramps and twitches, and involuntary periods of laughing or crying. With the hands and feet affected first, it causes difficulty in walking or using the hands for the activities of daily living, such as dressing, washing and buttoning clothes. Since ALS affects only motor neurons, the senses of sight, touch, hearing, taste and smell, muscles of the eyes and bladder are generally not affected. As the weakening and paralysis continues to spread to the muscles of the trunk of the body, it eventually affects swallowing, chewing and breathing. When the breathing muscles are affected, the patient may require permanent ventilatory support to survive. The mind is not impaired and remains sharp, despite the progressive degenerating condition of the body. Diagnosis of Lou Gehrig's DiseaseElectromyography (electrical studies of muscle) is often performed to confirm the disease. A biopsy (removal of a small piece of tissue) of muscle tissue may also been performed if the diagnosis is in doubt. Treatment of Lou Gehrig's DiseaseAlthough there is no cure for ALS, much can be done to help patients live more productively and independently. Physical therapy and rehabilitation techniques can help patients learn how to work around the weakness and functional disability caused by the disease. Patients may benefit from braces or a walker to improve mobility.
2-5 years 20+ in rare cases
After diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig's or motor neuron disease) life expectancy is generally 2-3 years. The disease has no cure and progression of the disease is usually quick. …Some patients may occasionally live for several more years. Not a nice way to go unfortunately.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neuromuscular disease that weakens and eventually destroys motor neurons (component…s of the nervous system that connect the brain with the skeletal muscles). Skeletal muscles are involved with voluntary movements, such as walking and talking. The motor neurons transmit the command to move from the brain to the skeletal muscles, which respond by contracting. A person with ALS usually presents with problems in dexterity or gait resulting from muscle weakness, or with difficulty speaking or swallowing. Sphincter control, sensory function, intellectual ability, and skin integrity are preserved. Patients become paralyzed and often require ventilation and surgery to provide a new opening in the stomach (gastrostomy). Loss of respiratory function is ultimately the cause of death.
there is no cure, but detox, avoidence of toxins, taking supplements excersize may be able to prolong life.
Between 3-5 years Sometimes less depends on how serious it is. Only 20% of people lived more than 5 years. Some are still alive today such as Stephen Hawking (Similar disease…)
Lou Gehrig's disease is characterized by a wasting of the muscles that, in turn, produces weakness. The bulbar, or facial/mouth muscles can initially become involved, which ma…y lead to slurring of speech and drooling
They named it The Lou Gehrig Disease cause he was the first one to get it. That isn't true. Lou Gehrig wasn't the first one to get this disease. The disease real name is Amy…otrophic lateral sclerosis. And it was first written about in the mid-1800s. Its a rare disorder and because Lou Gehrig was the first well known person to contract it. Lou Gherig's disease is used synonymously with ALS.But that isn't the case around the world or in scientific/medical settings. Its called its proper name or in French its called maladie de Charcot. After the French doctor that wrote about the disease.
Answer Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Lou Gehrig and Stephen Hawkings.
Because Lou Gehrig (Yankee's baseball player) developed the disease and still managed to thank everybody for his great life he was given.
There is no cure for Lou Gehrig's disease, and no treatment that can significantly alter its course. There are many things that can be done, however, to help maintain quality …of life