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What is an ALS disease. How fatal is it and can a patient diagnosed with ALS survive the disease?

Asked by mustafa, 22 Jun '09 05:50 pm
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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.Although the cause of ALS is not completely understood, the recent years have brought a wealth of new scientific understanding regarding the physiology of this disease.

While there is not a cure or treatment today that halts or reverses ALS, there is one FDA approved drug, riluzole, that modestly slows the progression of ALS as well as several other drugs in clinical trials that hold promise.
Answered by Lavanya, 22 Jun '09 06:39 pm

 
  
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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) often called Lou Gehrigs disease, after the famous baseball player who died of it in 1941, occurs in one to three people per 100,000 worldwide. It is a serious neurological disease, which causes muscle weakness, disability and eventually death. It is true that most people with ALS survive only two to five years after diagnosis. And yet Professor Stephen Hawking, the internationally renowned British Physicist, has been battling successfully with ALS for more than 40 years since he had the disease. This brilliant man, who has striven through a lot of adversities to accomplish what he has achieved, remains an inspiration for all those having ALS. well there is more to this if u want you can take have a look - http://www.timeswellness.com/index.aspx?page=article§id=1&con tentid=20090621200906191823182767b811a78§xslt=body&display=10
Answered by adnan jariwala, 19 Aug '09 02:50 pm

 
  
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