Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis facts
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscles.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is sometimes called Lou Gehrig's disease.
As many as 20,000 to 30,000 people in the United States have ALS, and an estimated 5,000 people in the United States are diag Read More
Affected individuals begin to develop neurological symptoms between 20 to 50 years of age. These early symptoms include:
· Weakness/cramps in arm and leg muscles (proximal > distal) · Face, mouth, and tongue muscle weakness · Difficulty with speaking and swallowing (dysphagia) · Twitching (Fasciculations) · Tremors and trembling in certain positions · Enlarged breasts (gynecomastia) · Read More
Spinal muscular atrophy type 3 is an inherited progressive neurodegenerative disease. SMA is caused by alterations (mutations) in the genes that make proteins needed to support motor neuron function. The degree of genetic involvement determines what type of SMA you have as well as the severity of symptoms.1 Since SMA is a genetic condition, there are no specific lifestyle factors known to cause or prevent it. Read More