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Why is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis fatal?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) causes motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord to shrink and disappear. These neurons tell your muscles to move. If the neurons disappear, your muscles eventually become paralyzed. The most common cause of death is respiratory failure because the brain can no longer tell the lungs to breathe.                

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease and is named for a famous baseball player who had the disease. It is a disease that affects the nerve cells in the spine and brain and causes your ne...

urons (which transmit impulses from your spinal cord to your muscles. When these neurons die, you are no longer able to control your muscles and they waste away. Early symptoms of ALS include muscle weakness and difficulty with speech, swallowing or breathing. The cause of ALS is not completely understood and their is no cure. However, there are some drugs that are currently being tested.
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