ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease, MDA

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a disease of the parts of the nervous system that control voluntary muscle movement. It begins by affecting the legs, arms and/or throat and mouth muscles. Ultimately, it affects all voluntary muscles, resulting in paralysis. ALS usually progresses rapidly, with an average survival rate of three to five years after diagnosis.

May commemorates National ALS Awareness Month to heighten public awareness of ALS and to inform the ALS community of the services, support and research available from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Find out how you can learn more about the disease, community events or how to become an advocate for MDA, by visiting http://www.mda.org/. MDA is fighting muscle disease!

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