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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 ALS ALS was first discovered in 1869 by a French neurologist, Jean-Martin Charcot. In 1939, it became nationally and internationally recognized by Lou Gehrig. Comes from the Greek language meaning no muscle nourishment. meaning when the muscles have no nourishment they waste away. As the areas on the spinal cord waste away this leads to scarring and hardening which causes sclerosis. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis About ALS Famous People who Died from the Disease Dennis Day-Comedian, Radio personality, Actor, Singer-Died 1988 Lou Gehrig-Baseball player, Actor-Died 1941 Robert Beck-Antiquarian, Art dealer-Died 2007 Morrie Schwartz-Sociology Professor-Died 1995 -Approximately 5,600 peoplein the U.S. are diagnosed withALS each year. -ALS is not contagious -It is estimated that as many as 30,000 Americans may have the disease at any given time. -Symptoms of ALS -"Thick speech" and difficulty in projecting the voice -Twitching (fasciculation) and cramping of muscles, especially those in the hands and feet -Muscle weakness in one or more of the following: hands, arms, legs or the muscles of speech, swallowing or breathing -Impairment of the use of the arms and legs ALS can Strike ANYONE About twenty percent of people with ALS live five years or more and up to ten percent will survive more than tenyears and five percent will live 20 years life expectancy is two to five year is estimated to be responsible for nearly two deaths per hundred thousand population annually.
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