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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Also called: ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease, Lou Gehrig's

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (or ALS) is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Its symptoms are caused when the nerve cells that send signals to the...
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Your very low testosterone level may be the cause of your symptoms. Testosterone deficiency causes muscle wasting and weight loss.   Genetic...
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In the U.S., amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is often called "Lou Gehrig's disease" after the famed baseball player whose struggle...
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Although the cause of ALS is unknown, genetic inheritance plays a role in 5% to 10% of cases. A fraction of all cases of familial ALS (that is...
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As many as 20,000 Americans have ALS, and an estimated 5,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with the disease each year. ALS is one of the...
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No one test can provide a definitive diagnosis of ALS, although the presence of upper and lower motor neuron signs in a single limb is strongly...
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The NINDS contributes to the support of the Human Brain and Spinal Fluid Resource Center in Los Angeles. This bank supplies investigators around the...
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The onset of ALS may be so subtle that the symptoms are frequently overlooked. The earliest symptoms may include:twitching, cramping, or stiffness of...
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The cause of ALS is not known, and scientists do not yet know why ALS strikes some people and not others. An important step toward answering that...
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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes called Lou Gehrig's disease, is a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that...
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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health, is the federal government's leading supporter...
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