Read as much as you want on BostonGlobe.com, anywhere and anytime, for just 99¢.

Celtics Live

72

77

3rd Quarter 2:26

Bruins Live

0

1

2nd Prd 19:20

About amyotrophic lateral scleroisis

Amyotrophic lateral scleroisis

(Lou Gehrig’s disease)

Continue reading below

 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

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com