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About amyotrophic lateral scleroisis

Amyotrophic lateral scleroisis

(Lou Gehrig’s disease)

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

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

 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

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