Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS is a neurodegenerative disorder that unfortunately has no cure. It is characterized by loss of muscle control or muscle movement, which progresses and gets worse over time.
ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, happens when the brain’s motor neurons degenerate due to age, genetics, and environmental factors, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Worsening ALS conditions may lead to the patient’s loss of ability to move, eat, speak, and even breathe. Experts say that about 10 percent of people with ALS may survive with the disorder for 10 years or more.
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