Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS)
What is Lou Gehrig's Disease?
Who Has it?
Lou Gehrig (after whom the disease is named) played 17 seasons of Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. As his stats began to decrease and his performance worsened, he went for testing at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, where he was diagnosed with ALS. He rejoined the Yankees, until he retired in 1939. He died in 19 41, at the age of 37.
George Yardley was an NBA basketball player for seven years. He retired at the age of 31, but made a comeback shortly after with the Los Angeles Jets from 1961-1962. He died of Lou Gehrig's Disease in 2004 at the age of 75.
Henry A. Wallace
Henry A. Wallace was the 33rd Vice President of the United States. He was a liberal, and a supporter of the New Deal and desegregation. He began to experience the onset of ALS in 1964, and died in 1965, at the age of 77.
How is it Caught?
There are two types of ALS: sporadic and familial. Sporadic is 90-95% of all cases, and it can be caught by anyone. Familial, on the other hand, takes up only 5-10% of cases. Familial ALS is hereditary. Below is an image of a karyotype of someone with ALS. Familial ALS is most often a dominant trait.
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