Find at least one website for ALS and evaluate it.The website i found was http://www.alifestoryfoundation.org. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that causes muscle weakness, paralysis, ultimately and respiratory failure.ALS attacks certain cells in the brain and the spinal cord needed to keep our muscles moving. Early signs and symptoms of ALS include muscle cramps and twitching, weakness in the extremities and difficulty speaking or swallowing. As the disease progresses, though, it is characterized by the inability to move any part of your body,the inability to speak or communicate with anything but your eyes and Complete reliance on a feeding tube for nutrition.The senses, including hearing, sight, smell, taste, and touch, are not affected by ALS. In most cases people with ALS do not experience difficulties in bowel and the bladder.
There are an estimated 450,000 people worldwide living with ALS. Every 90 minutes, someone else is diagnosed but most people with ALS only live 2-5 years after their first signs of disease.Currently there is only a single medicine for specifically treating ALS which is called riluzole. And even this drug, marketed by Sanofi-Aventis under the name Rilutek only extends survival about 2 to 3 months. So there is currently an urgent medical need for effective treatments for this devastating and fatal disease.