Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
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British pronunciation/ˌamɪətɹˈɒfɪk lˈatəɹəl skləɹˈəʊsɪs/
American pronunciation/ˌæmɪətɹˈɑːfɪk lˈæɾɚɹəl skləɹˈoʊsɪs/

a progressive neurodegenerative disease affecting motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord

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What is "amyotrophic lateral sclerosis"?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive condition that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. This condition leads to the loss of muscle control, causing muscle weakness, twitching, and eventually being unable to move. As ALS progresses, individuals may have difficulty speaking, swallowing, and breathing. While the exact cause of ALS is not fully understood, it is believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors. There is currently no cure for ALS, and treatment focuses on managing symptoms, providing supportive care, and improving quality of life. This may include medications to manage symptoms such as muscle cramps and stiffness, as well as therapies such as physical therapy, speech therapy, and respiratory support.

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