ALS is a nerve disease that affects motor neurons. It’s also a death sentence. Patients who are diagnosed with it usually die within 3 years. 3 years in which all their muscles slowly decay until even swallowing and breathing becomes impossible.
But there is hope. Drug researchers are currently on the brink of a breakthrough. A breakthrough cure could slow down or even halt the progression of ALS.
Why slow down ALS?
What is ALS?
How does ALS progress?
The disease affects motor neurons in the brainstem and spinal cord. Those motor neurons provide stimuli to your muscles. Because that connection disappears, the muscles start to decay. When you have ALS, you slowly become paralysed. You become trapped in your own body until swallowing and even breathing becomes impossible.
How long can someone survive with ALS?
The sad truth is that the average lifespan is 33 months after diagnosis. Some live longer. Some say goodbye to their family and loved ones much faster.
The longest-living ALS patient was perhaps also the most famous one. Stephen Hawking battled the disease for more than 50 years.
What is ALS the abbreviation of?
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Is there a cure for ALS?
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