Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Popularly known as Lou’s Gehrig’s disease – after the famous baseball player who was diagnosed with the disorder – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive and ultimately fatal nervous system disease affecting nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and causing loss of muscle control.
ALS often starts with muscle twitching and weakness in a limb or with slurred speech. As the disease progresses, it affects control of the muscles that are needed to move, speak, eat, and breathe.
For most ALS patients, the cause of the disease is unknown and there is no cure.