ALS is Striking less people
By: Dr. Wendt
What is Als?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes called Lou Gehrig's disease, is a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells. The disease belongs to a group of disorders known as motor neuron diseases,(Also known as Lou Gerhigs Diesease)
Motor neurons are nerve cells located in the brain, brain stem, and spinal cord that serve as controlling units and vital communication links between the nervous system and the voluntary muscles of the body. Messages from motor neurons in the brain and from them to particular muscles. In ALS, both the upper motor neurons and the lower motor neurons degenerate or die, and stop sending messages to muscles. Unable to function, the muscles gradually weaken, waste away, and have very fine twitches . Eventually, the ability of the brain to start and control voluntary movement is lost.
ALS causes weakness with a wide range of disabilities. Eventually, all muscles under voluntary control are affected, and individuals lose their strength and the ability to move their arms, legs, and body. When muscles in the diaphragm and chest wall fail, people lose the ability to breathe without ventilatory support. Most people with ALS die from respiratory failure, usually within 3 to 5 years from the onset of symptoms. However, about 10 percent of those with ALS survive for 10 or more years. Very few die within 5 years.
Although the disease usually does not impair a person’s mind or intelligence, several recent studies suggest that some persons with ALS may have depression or alterations in cognitive functions involving decision-making and memory.
ALS does not affect a person’s ability to see, smell, taste, hear, or recognize touch. Patients usually maintain control of eye muscles and bladder and bowel functions, Although in the late stages of the disease most individuals will need help getting to and from the bathroom, because they are unable to move on their own because their mucles are weak.
Lou Gehrig's story of ALS
On June 2, 1941, at 10:10 p.m., sixteen years to the day after he replaced Wally Pipp at first base and less than two years after his retirement from baseball, Lou Gehrig died at his home in New York.
Upon hearing the sad news, Babe Ruth and his wife Claire went to the Gehrig house to Comfort Eleanor, because they had no children and she was super lonely. Mayor LaGuardia ordered all the flags in New York to be flown at half-staff, and Major League ballparks around the nation did likewise.It woud not be nice if some of the Major league teams had their flags at half staff, It would out of respect to do it
Following the funeral at Christ Episcopal Church of Riverdale, Gehrig's remains were cremated and interred on June 4 at Kensico Cemetery in Vallaha ,New York.
Lou Gehrig and Ed Barrow are both interred in the same section of Kensico Cemetery, which is next door to where the graves of Babe Ruth andBilly Martin are both located in Section 25.