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 1444 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Military service, deployments, and exposures in relation to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis survival.
 

Author(s): John D Beard, Lawrence S Engel, David B Richardson, Marilie D Gammon, Coleen Baird, David M Umbach, Kelli D Allen, Catherine L Stanwyck, Jean Keller, Dale P Sandler, Silke Schmidt, Freya Kamel

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Military veterans may have higher rates of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) mortality than non-veterans. Few studies, with sparse exposure information and mixed results, have studied relationships between military-related factors and ALS survival. We evaluated associations between ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Retinal thinning in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients without ophthalmic disease.
 

Author(s): Nisha Mukherjee, Shan McBurney-Lin, Anthony Kuo, Richard Bedlack, Henry Tseng

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal, rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disease that primarily affects motor neurons. Recently, three causative genes have been implicated in both ALS and glaucoma. However, it is still uncertain whether patients with ALS have neurodegeneration ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Spinal cord homogenates from SOD1 familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis induce SOD1 aggregation in living cells.
 

Author(s): Edward Pokrishevsky, Ran Ha Hong, Ian R Mackenzie, Neil R Cashman

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Mutant Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase (SOD1) can confer its misfolding on wild-type SOD1 in living cells; the propagation of misfolding can also be transmitted between cells in vitro. Recent studies identified fluorescently-tagged SOD1G85R as a promiscuous substrate that is highly prone ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis" returned 236 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[The FUS protein: Physiological functions and a role in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis].
 

Author(s): A D Efimova, R K Ovchinnikov, A Yu Roman, A V Maltsev, V V Grigoriev, E A Kovrazhkina, V I Skvortsova

Journal: Mol. Biol. (Mosk.). ;51(3):387-399.

 

Certain forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are associated with an altered compartmentalization of FUS and its aggregation in the cytoplasm of motoneurons. FUS is a DNA/RNA-binding protein that is involved in DNA repair and the regulation of transcription, splicing, RNA transport, ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Motor neuron vulnerability and resistance in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
 

Author(s): Jik Nijssen, Laura H Comley, Eva Hedlund

Journal: Acta Neuropathol.. 2017 Jun;133(6):863-885.

 

In the fatal disease-amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)-upper (corticospinal) motor neurons (MNs) and lower somatic MNs, which innervate voluntary muscles, degenerate. Importantly, certain lower MN subgroups are relatively resistant to degeneration, even though pathogenic proteins ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The changing picture of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: lessons from European registers.
 

Author(s): Orla Hardiman, Ammar Al-Chalabi, Carol Brayne, Ettore Beghi, Leonard H van den Berg, Adriano Chio, Sarah Martin, Giancarlo Logroscino, James Rooney

Journal: J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatry. 2017 Jul;88(7):557-563.

 

Prospective population based-registers of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) have operated in Europe for over two decades, and have provided important insights into our understanding of ALS. Here, we review the benefits that population registers have brought to the understanding ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Trial of Amivita in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

 

Last Updated: 24 Apr 2017

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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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