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What is lou gehrigs disease like?

What is lou gehrigs disease like?

NASTY: An incurable disease causing death of motor neurons in brain and spinal cord, which results in weakness, muscular atrophy, fasciculations of muscles, increased reflexes, eventual loss of ability to swallow and/or breath, and typically death within 3-5 yrs in most pts. Hope you never encounter this rare but devastating disease. ...Read more

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Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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What is ALS ( lou gehrigs disease )?

What is ALS ( lou gehrigs disease )?

BAD disease: It causes progressive weakness, muscular atrophy and fasciculations, eventual problems with swallowing, breathing, speaking, and often death within 3-5 yrs. Has no known cause, and no cure. ...Read more

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Is there any connection between bananas and lou gehrigs disease?

No: The cause of lou gehrig's disease is multifactorial and still elusive. Bananas, if anything, may be helpful. ...Read more

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Do you think there will ever be a cure for ALS (lou gehrigs) disease?

Hopefully: Trust in research, technology and the curiosity that defines us human beings. It's just a matter of time. Hopefully sooner than later. ...Read more

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What is the progression of ALS or lou gehrigs disease?

What is the progression of ALS or lou gehrigs disease?

Specifics: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a disease of the motor nerve cell in brain and spinal cord, is progressive, irreversible, and causes muscle weakness, muscle flickering, and atrophy, in arms, legs, tongue, and leads to progressive disability, loss of ability to breathe and swallow. No cure, sole drug approved is Riluzole, which helps delay tracheostomy but not effect on weakness. ...Read more

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Can you tell me could I have a deadly neurological disease like ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) what causes this?

Need information: There is NO way I can make any diagnosis based on vague description you provide. If you have some symptoms, please describe, and we can provide a much more direct answer. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

What are the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

See below: The main symptoms of ALS are weakness. The weakness often starts with one hand and then may progress to the other. The legs will often become weak as well. The muscles begin to get thinner. This is called atrophy. There may also be exaggerated reflexes and stiffness in the muscles called spasticity. The muscles that help us speak and swallow and breath can also be weakened. ...Read more

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My mom has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. (lou gehrigs). What is this exactly?

Bad disease: ALS damages the motor nerve cell in brain and spinal cord causing progressive arm and leg weakness, muscle flickering, with progressive disability. If the disease affects the lower part of the brain, problems with tongue atrophy, swallowing, and breathing can create major crises, and even need for tracheostomy. The sole available drug, Riluzole does delay trach, but no effect on strength. ...Read more

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Just heard a close neighbor has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. How do we explain this condition to the kids?

Just heard a close neighbor has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. How do we explain this condition to the kids?

Weakness: I would explain that it means he will get weak over time, may eventually need a wheelchair, and that his doctors will do everything they can to help him. I would tell them they can't catch it from him, and it is a rare condition, so it is unlikely they or their family members would develop it. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a guy has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Degenrative DO: Als is a neurologic disease where nerves in the central nervous system degenerate, leading to weakness. This can cause inability to walk or use the hands or arms, facial weakness, difficulty eating and swallowing, and respiratory difficulties, leading to infections like pneumonia. It is not a curable disease. ...Read more

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Definition)

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a disorder of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that play a role in controlling voluntary muscle movement. While few cases may be due to a genetic defect, the cause is usually unknown. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, muscle ...Read more


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