Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that controls voluntary muscle movement. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. It is spotted most among active people.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis gets its name because it comes from the Greek ...

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Symptoms usually do not develop until after age 50, but they can start in younger people. Persons with ALS have a loss of muscle strength and coordination that eventually gets worse and makes it impossible to do routine tasks such as going up steps, getting out of a chair, or swallowing. ALS does not affect the senses (sight, smell, taste, hearing, touch). It only rarely affects bladder or bowel function, or a person's ability to think or reason.
Symptoms include: difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, choking, gagging, paralysis, and dropping of neck due to weak neck muscles.
Today many tests are done to determine whether or not someone can be diagnosed with ALS. Those include spinal taps, blood tests, and the ruling if the lungs are affected (a prominent area to conclude ALS). Unfortunately, these tests take time to surely diagnose, and doctors today are searching for new methods (both of effectiveness and time) to find out if a patient has amyotrophic ...

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