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    About amyotrophic lateral scleroisis

    Amyotrophic lateral scleroisis

    (Lou Gehrig’s disease)

     EFFECTS: Disorder of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement.

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     PREVALENCE: Affects about 5 of every 100,000 people globally.

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     SYMPTOMS: Muscle weakness, paralysis, difficulty breathing and swallowing.

     TREATMENT: There is no known cure. The medicine
    riluzole slows symptoms and helps patients live longer. Dexpramipexole, Biogen’s experimental drug, proved
    ineffective in trials.

    SOURCES: National Institutes of Health; Biogen Idec