Definition : Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive, fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells (neurons) in the brain and spinal cord that controls voluntary muscles (muscle action we are able to control, such as those in the arms, legs, and face). ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, after the famous baseball player who was diagnosed with it. ALS is a type of motor neuron disease that causes nerve cells to gradually break down and die. In the United States, ALS is sometimes called motor neuron disease. ALS is one of the most common neuromuscular diseases worldwide, and people of all races and ethnic backgrounds are affected.

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