Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Common Name(s)

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Lou Gehrig's disease

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also referred to as "Lou Gehrig's disease" is a disease of the motor nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. ALS is caused by progressive loss of motor nerves in these areas and affects approximately 1 out of 100,000 people. The diagnosis of ALS is usually based on clinical features, electrodiagnostic testing (EMG), and exclusion of other health conditions with related symptoms.  Most people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis have a form of the condition that is described as sporadic or noninherited. The cause of sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is largely unknown but probably involves a combination of genetic and environmental factors. About 10 percent of people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis have a familial form of the condition, which is caused by an inherited genetic mutation.
 

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Following organizations serve the condition "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis" for support, advocacy or research.

ALS Association

Leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

Last Updated: 2 May 2014

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Irish Motor Neurone Disease Assoication

To encourage and promote the best methods of care, education, research and treatment for people with Motor Neurone Disease throughout the State of Ireland, contributing to worldwide efforts in research and development of treatment. To establish and promote models of good practice in the delivery of specialised services to our patients, their families and carers, setting standards of excellence. To communicate widely knowledge of Motor Neurone Disease and related disorders in order to raise awareness in the wider community.

Last Updated: 7 Jul 2015

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Les Turner ALS Foundation

To support medical research into the cause, treatment and cure of ALS; clinical and support services for patients and families living; and dissemination of information about ALS.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 2012

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Muscular Dystrophy Association

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

Last Updated: 15 Jul 2015

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National Endowment for Alzheimer's Research

At NEAR, our mission is to investigate the underlying causes of Alzheimer's and to develop rapid clinical interventions both for Alzheimer's and other brain disorders. A secondary mission is to promote public awareness and education with respect to Alzheimer's disease and related dementia, and to encourage the involvement of individuals, businesses, foundations, and government in finding a cure.

Last Updated: 20 Dec 2012

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Scottish Motor Neurone Disease Association

We want to make Scotland a place where those living with motor neurone disease/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis can expect consistent, high standards of care and where we work directly towards a cure.

Last Updated: 7 Jul 2015

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The ALS Association - Evergreen Chapter

Leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

Last Updated: 12 Jun 2013

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United Spinal Association

United Spinal Association’s mission is to improve the quality of life of all people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D). United Spinal never loses sight of our founders' grassroots efforts to provide a voice to the disability community and to transform the public’s perception of wheelchair users. Now the largest non-profit organization dedicated to helping people living with SCI/D, United Spinal is committed to providing active-lifestyle information, peer support and advocacy that empowers individuals to achieve their highest potential in all facets of life.

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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Following organizations serve the condition "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis" for support, advocacy or research.

ALS Association

Leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

http://www.alsa.org/

Last Updated: 2 May 2014

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Irish Motor Neurone Disease Assoication

To encourage and promote the best methods of care, education, research and treatment for people with Motor Neurone Disease throughout the State of Ireland, contributing to worldwide efforts in research and development of treatment. To establish and promote models of good practice in the delivery of specialised services to our patients, their families and carers, setting standards of excellence. To communicate widely knowledge of Motor Neurone Disease and related disorders in order to raise awareness in the wider community.

http://www.imnda.ie

Last Updated: 7 Jul 2015

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Les Turner ALS Foundation

To support medical research into the cause, treatment and cure of ALS; clinical and support services for patients and families living; and dissemination of information about ALS.

http://www.lesturnerals.org

Last Updated: 31 Dec 2012

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Muscular Dystrophy Association

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

http://www.mdausa.org

Last Updated: 15 Jul 2015

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National Endowment for Alzheimer's Research

At NEAR, our mission is to investigate the underlying causes of Alzheimer's and to develop rapid clinical interventions both for Alzheimer's and other brain disorders. A secondary mission is to promote public awareness and education with respect to Alzheimer's disease and related dementia, and to encourage the involvement of individuals, businesses, foundations, and government in finding a cure.

http://www.memorymatters.org

Last Updated: 20 Dec 2012

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Scottish Motor Neurone Disease Association

We want to make Scotland a place where those living with motor neurone disease/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis can expect consistent, high standards of care and where we work directly towards a cure.

http://www.scotmnd.org.uk

Last Updated: 7 Jul 2015

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The ALS Association - Evergreen Chapter

Leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

http://www.alsa-ec.org

Last Updated: 12 Jun 2013

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United Spinal Association

United Spinal Association’s mission is to improve the quality of life of all people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D). United Spinal never loses sight of our founders' grassroots efforts to provide a voice to the disability community and to transform the public’s perception of wheelchair users. Now the largest non-profit organization dedicated to helping people living with SCI/D, United Spinal is committed to providing active-lifestyle information, peer support and advocacy that empowers individuals to achieve their highest potential in all facets of life.

http://www.unitedspinal.org

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis" returned 1297 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Circadian course of the P300 ERP in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - implications for brain-computer interfaces (BCI).
 

Author(s): Helena Erlbeck, Ursula Mochty, Andrea Kübler, Ruben G L Real

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Accidents or neurodegenerative diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) can lead to progressing, extensive, and complete paralysis leaving patients aware but unable to communicate (locked-in state). Brain-computer interfaces (BCI) based on electroencephalography represent ...

Last Updated: 7 Jan 2017

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An Autopsy Case of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis with Diaphragm Pacing.
 

Author(s): Hisashi Ito, Tetsumasa Kamei, Sanae Odake, Masayuki Nakano, Riki Okeda, Shunsaku Kohriki, Jun Kawachi, Raymond P Onders, Fumihito Yoshii

Journal: Intern. Med.. ;55(23):3511-3513.

 

Respiratory insufficiency is a critical problem in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients. We herein present the case of an autopsied patient with sporadic ALS who underwent diaphragm pacing (DP). The pathology showed several localized adhesions with a markedly atrophied diaphragm. ...

Last Updated: 1 Dec 2016

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Myasthenic symptoms in anti-low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 4 antibody-seropositive amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: two case reports.
 

Author(s): Hisashi Takahashi, Yu-Ichi Noto, Naoki Makita, Yukie Kushimura-Okada, Ryotaro Ishii, Akihiro Tanaka, Tomoyuki Ohara, Shunya Nakane, Osamu Higuchi, Masanori Nakagawa, Toshiki Mizuno

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Myasthenic symptoms can be present in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). These symptoms have been considered to be caused by the degeneration of distal motor neurons and the neuromuscular junction (NMJ). Recent studies suggested that antibody to low-density lipoprotein ...

Last Updated: 19 Nov 2016

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis" returned 211 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The value of magnetic resonance imaging as a biomarker for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: a systematic review.
 

Author(s): G Grolez, C Moreau, V Danel-Brunaud, C Delmaire, R Lopes, P F Pradat, M M El Mendili, L Defebvre, D Devos

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal, rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disease that mainly affects the motor system. A number of potentially neuroprotective and neurorestorative disease-modifying drugs are currently in clinical development. At present, the evaluation ...

Last Updated: 29 Aug 2016

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Copper Homeostasis as a Therapeutic Target in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis with SOD1 Mutations.
 

Author(s): Eiichi Tokuda, Yoshiaki Furukawa

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a lethal neurodegenerative disease affecting both upper and lower motor neurons, and currently, there is no cure or effective treatment. Mutations in a gene encoding a ubiquitous antioxidant enzyme, Cu,Zn-superoxide dismutase (SOD1), have been ...

Last Updated: 4 May 2016

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and environmental factors.
 

Author(s): Virginia Bozzoni, Orietta Pansarasa, Luca Diamanti, Guido Nosari, Cristina Cereda, Mauro Ceroni

Journal: Funct. Neurol.. ;31(1):7-19.

 

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder that affects central and peripheral motor neuron cells. Its etiology is unknown, although a relationship between genetic background and environmental factors may play a major role in triggering the neurodegeneration. ...

Last Updated: 31 Mar 2016

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

The National Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Registry
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

 

Last Updated: 8 Aug 2016

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: a New Paradigm
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

 

Last Updated: 2 Mar 2017

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Muscular Biomarkers in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

 

Last Updated: 14 Oct 2016

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