Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS): Facts & Symptoms of Lou Gehrig's Disease

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS): Facts & Symptoms of Lou Gehrig's Disease

Mouse neurons implanted into a rat brain can live twice as long as the mice from which they were taken, new research suggests. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease or motor neuron disease, is a progressive neurological disease that causes the neurons that control voluntary muscles (motor neurons) to degenerate, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The term "Lou Gehrig's disease" is named for the famed American baseball player who developed ALS in 1939 at age 36. In the United States, as many as 20,000 to 30,000 people have the disease, and about 5,000...

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