Lou Gehrig's Disease - ALS

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What is Lou Gehrig's disease?

  • Lou gehrig's disease or ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a neuromuscular disease that causes motor neurons(neurons that connect the brain, brain stem, and spinal cord, controlling vital muscles needed for regular actions like breathing) to weaken and disappaer
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  • Close to 30,000 Americans live with this disease
  • Most patients live in With private nurses, or living in nursing facilities

Mayo Clinic Hospital

Mayo Clinic health systems hold research and care for this disease

IMMEDIATE EFFECTS OF LOU GEHRIGS DISEASE


  • Loss of muscular strength
  • AlS makes actions such as walking and breathing more difficult
  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration


LONG TERM EFFECTS OF LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE

  • Loss of abillity to speak
  • Paralysis
  • Respiratory failure
  • Heart failure
  • Common lifespan is 3-5 years after diagnostion, 10% live more than ten years

ADVANCES IN CARE FOR THE DISEASE

  • Riluzole is the most commonly used medicine for ALS patients, extending their life expectancy
  • Stem Cell therapy and low oxygen sessions are used as treatment
  • No direct cure has been discovered yet, all treatments so far can only help extend life

Bibliography

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"Lou Gehrig's Disease." — Diagnosis and Treatment at Mayo Clinic. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2013. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/lou-gehrigs-disease/>.

"ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)." ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2013. <http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/chronic/als/>.

Board, A.D.A.M. Editorial. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 18 Jan. 0001. Web. 17 Mar. 2013. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001708/>.

"ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)." Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2013. <http://www.neurodiscovery.harvard.edu/als.html>.

"Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Fact Sheet." : National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Mar. 2013. <http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/amyotrophiclateralsclerosis/detail_ALS.htm>.

"Famous People with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Lou Gehrigs Disease." Famous People with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Lou Gehrigs Disease. N.p., 18 Mar. 2008. Web. 18 Mar. 2013. <http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/famous-als.shtml>.