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ALS – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (abbreviated ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) is a progressive neuromuscular disease that causes motor neuron degeneration that results in weakness and eventual paralysis of all voluntary muscles, including the muscles used for respiration. In ALS, motor neurons that innervate the muscles used for inspiration die, leading to respiratory insufficiency and eventual respiratory failure. The most common cause of death for ALS patients is respiratory failure due to weakness of the diaphragm and intercostal muscles. Symptoms of respiratory insufficiency include orthopnea, dyspnea, daytime fatigue, sleep disturbances, and morning headaches.

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1 Walk to Defeat ALS®
2 ALS and Cognitive Changes: A Guide for Patients and Families
3 ALS, Cognitive Impairment (CI) and Frontotemporal Lobar Dementia (FTLD): A Professional’s Guide
4 Criteria For Diagnosis
5 Family Care giving-Why Respite?
6 Living a Fuller Life With ALS
7 ALS Brain Computer Interface
8 ALS Slurred Speech
9 Living With ALS Adapting to Breathing Changes Manual
10 Minimizing ALS Fatigue