ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)

ALS Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis BY Jack McInerney

TEN FACTS ABOUT ALS

1. ALS attacks a person's motor neutrons that are located in the brain and the spine.


2. Similar to Huntington's disease ALS actually can be inherited from a family member.


3. In addition to the last fact, unlike Huntington's disease this only happens to about 5 to 10 percent of people.


4. Another fact is, sadly most people die from ALS due to respiratory failure within 3 to 5 years since the diseases onset symptom's.


5. The French refer to ALS as Maladie De Charcot because of Doctor Jean-Martin Charcot who first wrote about ALS in 1869.


6. Upper motor neurons send messages from the brain to the spinal cord and because of ALS attacking this part of the body this slowly disables the body to do this.


7. Going off of fact #6 eventually the spin and brain neutrons shrink and disappear to then cause the body to stop moving!


8.Some of the things that ALS disables our bodies from doing are breathing, walking, running, lifting stuff, and even reaching for a glass of water therefor people with ALS could become paralyzed and eventually die.


9. Lou Gehrig the Hall of Fame Yankees Baseball player died from this disease at the age of 38 on June 2, 1941 after playing in the MLB for 17 seasons due to ALS.


10. Now that you know the way ALS affects people, I would like to show you this video of people raising money for ALS and awareness. Please enjoy this Ice Bucket Challenge video of Rodger Goodell.

ALS SYMPTOMS

The symptoms are that people with ALS cannot get out of bed on their own or walk on their own as well. In addition the person will have difficulty swallowing and chewing due to ALS. These symptoms happen due to the upper and lower neuron damage and because of this the person cannot get the messaging to their brain which then results in these symptoms.

5 THINGS THAT A PERSON SHOULD/SHOULDN'T DO TO NOT GET ALS.

1. A person should not do drugs for example a type of medication that lowers blood pressure can put a person at rick for ALS if they have used it for at least 4 years.

2. A person should find out the symptoms and check with their doctor if they could possibly have ALS.

3. A person should research ALS if they are diagnosed or even before if they know they have a chance of being diagnosed with it.

4. A person should find a doctor knowledgeable and experienced in taking care of people with ALS.

5. A person should get a second opinion after their doctor has told them that they have ALS.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

CITATIONS

"Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS)." KidsHealth - the Web's Most Visited Site about Children's Health. Ed. Steven Dowshen. The Nemours Foundation, 01 Jan. 2013. Web. 13 Nov. 2014.


"Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Fact Sheet." : National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, June 2013. Web. 14 Nov. 2014.


"About the Disease - FAQ." - The ALS Association. The ALS Association, 2014. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.



"Common Blood Pressure Drug May Lower Risk For Lou Gehrig's Disease: Study." Consumer HealthDay. Healthday, 2014. Web. 20 Nov. 2014.