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.
 

Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

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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 1081 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Last Updated: 16 Jun 2015

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Gastrostomy in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ProGas): a prospective cohort study.
 

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Journal: Lancet Neurol. 2015 Jul;14(7):702-9.

 

Gastrostomy feeding is commonly used to support patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis who develop severe dysphagia. Although recommended by both the American Academy of Neurology and the European Federation of Neurological Societies, currently little evidence indicates the optimum ...

Last Updated: 13 Jun 2015

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Assisted nutrition: a difficult decision in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
 

Author(s): Raymond Voltz

Journal: Lancet Neurol. 2015 Jul;14(7):671-2.

 

Last Updated: 13 Jun 2015

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Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis" returned 159 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The expanding syndrome of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: a clinical and molecular odyssey.
 

Author(s): Martin R Turner, Michael Swash

Journal: J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatr.. 2015 Jun;86(6):667-73.

 

Recent advances in understanding amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) have delivered new questions. Disappointingly, the initial enthusiasm for transgenic mouse models of the disease has not been followed by rapid advances in therapy or prevention. Monogenic models may have inadvertently ...

Last Updated: 15 May 2015

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A meta-analysis of observational studies of the association between chronic occupational exposure to lead and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
 

Author(s): Ming-Dong Wang, James Gomes, Neil R Cashman, Julian Little, Daniel Krewski

Journal: J. Occup. Environ. Med.. 2014 Dec;56(12):1235-42.

 

The association between occupational exposure to lead and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) was examined through systematic review and meta-analyses of relevant epidemiological studies and reported according to PRISMA guidelines.

Last Updated: 6 Dec 2014

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and agricultural environments: a systematic review.
 

Author(s): Hyun Kang, Eun Shil Cha, Geun Joo Choi, Won Jin Lee

Journal: J. Korean Med. Sci.. 2014 Dec;29(12):1610-7.

 

The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between the risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and exposure to rural environments. Studies were identified through OVID MEDLINE and EMBASE search up to September 2013 using as keywords rural residence, farmers, and pesticide ...

Last Updated: 3 Dec 2014

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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: 28 Jul 2015

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Non-Invasive Ventilation in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis; Chronic Respiratory Failure

 

Last Updated: 26 Mar 2010

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Aerobic Exercise Training in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

 

Last Updated: 8 Sep 2013

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