Amyotrocphic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive disease in which special nerve cells that stimulate motion (called motor neurons) gradually disintegrate. The disintegration of the motor neurons prevents the cells from delivering chemical signals that muscles depend on for normal development and activity. This disease is often called "Lou Gehrig's disease" after the famous New York Yankee baseball player who died from ALS in 1941.
Those who suffer from ALS will eventually lose the ability to walk, talk, and finally to breathe. However, it is believed that throughout this progression, their mental faculties remain unaffected. Generally the disease progresses to involve muscles all over the body, resulting in complete paralysis. ALS is usually fatal.