A Short Note On Als Or Lou Gehrig 's Disease Essay

1809 Words Nov 9th, 2016 8 Pages
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis also known as, ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Breaking down the disease into Greek language “A” means no, “Myo” refers to one’s muscles, and “Trophic means no nourishment to the muscles. Lateral identifies the part of the person’s spinal cord where the nerve cells that report to and control muscles are located and Sclerosis means scarring. These translations give people a better understanding of what ALS affects. ALS affects the motor neurons in the spinal cord and brain which means that Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis affects the neuromuscular system of the body. ALS affects the muscles in the body and eventually the person with this disease will keep getting weaker. Eventually, they will become so weak that they cannot stand or do simple tasks. Once that has happened, ALS then attacks the chest area which will result on being on a ventilator. This usually happens in a three to five-year span but some who have caught ALS very early have could live up to ten years with ALS. “Based on U.S. population studies, a little over 6,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year. (That 's 15 new cases a day.) It is estimated that as many as 20,000 Americans have the disease at any given time. According to the ALS CARE Database, 60% of the people with ALS in the Database are men and 93% of patients in the Database are Caucasian” (The ALS Association…

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