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What is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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In brief: Disease of nervecell

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or als, is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement.
Als does not affect the senses (sight, smell, taste, hearing, touch). It only rarely affects bladder or bowel function, or a person's ability to think or reason.The condition slowly gets worse and cause difficulty with breathing muscles.

In brief: Disease of nervecell

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or als, is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement.
Als does not affect the senses (sight, smell, taste, hearing, touch). It only rarely affects bladder or bowel function, or a person's ability to think or reason.The condition slowly gets worse and cause difficulty with breathing muscles.
Dr. Vasu Brown
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In brief: Lou Gehrig's disease

Although originally named for the famed baseball player, ALS occurs spontaneously and also in certain families.
It is a disorder of misfolded proteins, and often is associated with copper/zinc superoxide dismutase. It causes weakness, muscle atrophy, fasciculations of muscles, and eventual can effect swallowing and breathing. It does not cause cognitive or sensory loss usually. Hard to treat.

In brief: Lou Gehrig's disease

Although originally named for the famed baseball player, ALS occurs spontaneously and also in certain families.
It is a disorder of misfolded proteins, and often is associated with copper/zinc superoxide dismutase. It causes weakness, muscle atrophy, fasciculations of muscles, and eventual can effect swallowing and breathing. It does not cause cognitive or sensory loss usually. Hard to treat.
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