Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Or Lou Gehrig's Disease

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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 …show more content…
When most people hear about ALS they automatically think of Lou Gehrig. Lou Gehrig is a hall of fame baseball player who played for the New York Yankees. In 1938 a tragedy happened with Gehrig when he was having trouble tying his cleats and not long after he was diagnosed with ALS. In 1939, Gehrig made the hardest decision in his life and had to retire from major league baseball. Gehrig made an incredible speech to make his decision public as well as his disease. In 1941, at the age of 37, Gehrig passes away in his sleep due to ALS. This disease does not only affect ordinary people but famous people as well, from athletes to military members and

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