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  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Basic description: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis‚ or ALS‚ is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or motor neurone disease in some British Commonwealth countries. It is a debilitating disease with rapidly progressive weakness‚ breaking down of the muscles‚ muscle spasticity‚ difficulty speaking‚ difficulty swallowing‚ and decline in breathing ability. ALS is

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  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

    Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. Coming from Greek language Amyotrophic simply means no muscle nourishment (alsa.org). Lateral is the anatomical identification along the spinal cord and as the disease progresses‚ it eventually leads to sclerosis which is hardening of the region along the spinal cord. ALS was first discovered in 1869 by a famous French neurologist named Jean- Martin Charcot‚ ALS was originally named

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  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Essay

    History of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis ( Greek origin "A" means know‚ "Myo" refers to muscle‚ "Trophic" means nourishment ["No muscle nourishment"] with abbreviation of ALS) is a disease that effects the nervous and muscular system of the body. It was first studied in 1869 by Jean- Martin Charcot who was a French neurologist. In 1939 it gained international and national attention thanks to a man named Lou Gehrig. Gehrig was a baseball player for the New Year Yankees

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  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Als)

    society of individuals in a dramatic and influential way. Not necessarily in a good way‚ but never the less influential. Throughout recent history the disease has cause heartbreak and hardship‚ and also a new era of research and paranoia. "Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)‚ commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease‚ is a progressive neuromuscular disease." This is how ALS is defined by the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at John’s Hopkins University (The Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at

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  • Als- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

    Introduction Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a fast progressing‚ degenerative‚ neurological disease. The disease is marked by weakness‚ atrophy and paralysis of the body’s voluntary muscles as a result of motor neuron degeneration and death (Wijesekera & Leigh‚ 2009). ALS gets its name from Greek origin: Amyotrophic- “A” meaning without‚ “myo” meaning muscle‚ “trophic” meaning nourishment‚ literally translated this term means “without muscle nourishment”. “Lateral Sclerosis” refers to the

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  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

    Assessment Essay Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis(ALS) is a specific disorder that involves the death of neurons that control voluntary muscles. ALS is characterized by stiff muscles‚ muscle twitching and gradually working weakness due to muscles decreasing in size. Also‚ Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis results in a difficulty speaking‚ swelling‚ and eventually not being able to breath on your Niown. ALS affects the brain and spinal chord muscles which leads to death or no control over these voluntary

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  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Disease

    Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a disease that makes muscles stop working. It is a rare disease found mostly in active people. The most common name for ALS is Lou Gehrig’s disease. Lou Gehrig was a hall of fame baseball player who played with Babe Ruth on the Yankees. He became a victim to ALS in the late 1930’s. ALS was discovered in Paris‚ France in the early 1870’s. Jean-Martin Charcot worked with many patients with similar diseases before discovering the

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  • Causes Of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis‚ usually referred to as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease‚ is a condition that continually deteriorates motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. Motor neurons are nerve cells that control muscle movements. When these nerves fail‚ the muscles they are supposed to communicate with don’t receive the full messages that are being carried from the brain or spinal cord‚ causing the muscles to stop working properly. Early symptoms of this disease include cramping or twitching of

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  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Literature Review

    In the western world‚ Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is the third most common neurodegenerative disease‚ characterised by gradual paralysis that leads to death from respiratory failure. (Renton‚ et al.‚ 2011). Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)‚ the second most common cause of young onset dementia‚ is categorised by the degeneration of the frontal temporal lobes in the brain which lead to personality and behavioural changes. (Fratta‚ et al.‚ 2012). An increasing consensus proposes that ALS and FTD

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  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gherig's Disease)

    Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gherig’s Disease) Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a deadly disease of the nervous system. Also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease‚ ALS at this time affects 25‚000 people in the U.S. today. One in 50‚000 people will be affected in any one year. The average age for diagnosis of ALS is between 30 and 70‚ although there have been cases of teenagers contracting it.The average life span after diagnosis are three to 10 years‚ although 20 percent of those affected will outlive

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