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What is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (als)? 

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In brief: Motor neuron disease

A disorder of misfolded proteins, attacking nerve cell bodies in spinal cord and brain.
Tends to involve weakness not numbness, and can affect legs and arms with flickering of muscles, loss of muscle mass, and evenually problems with breathing and swallowing. Unfortunately, there is no cure, and it preserves awareness. Gratefully, it is relatively rare.

In brief: Motor neuron disease

A disorder of misfolded proteins, attacking nerve cell bodies in spinal cord and brain.
Tends to involve weakness not numbness, and can affect legs and arms with flickering of muscles, loss of muscle mass, and evenually problems with breathing and swallowing. Unfortunately, there is no cure, and it preserves awareness. Gratefully, it is relatively rare.
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Dr. Ryan Stanton
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In brief: Lou Gehrig's Disease

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (als), also referred to as lou gehrig's disease is a form of motor neuron disease caused by the degeneration of neurons leading to progressive weakness and eventually death.

In brief: Lou Gehrig's Disease

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (als), also referred to as lou gehrig's disease is a form of motor neuron disease caused by the degeneration of neurons leading to progressive weakness and eventually death.
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