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

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The terms "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis" returned 1523 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Prevalence of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - United States, 2014.
 

Author(s): Paul Mehta, Wendy Kaye, Jaime Raymond, Ruoming Wu, Theodore Larson, Reshma Punjani, Daniel Heller, Jessica Cohen, Tracy Peters, Oleg Muravov, Kevin Horton

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive and fatal neuromuscular disease; the majority of ALS patients die within 2-5 years of receiving a diagnosis (1). Familial ALS, a hereditary form of the disease, accounts for 5%-10% of cases, ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Therapeutic effects of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy on survival in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: A meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Fang Cui, Liuqing Sun, Jianmei Xiong, Jianyong Li, Yangang Zhao, Xusheng Huang

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Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is a method widely used for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); nevertheless, its effect on survival remains unclear. The purpose of this meta-analysis study was to determine the effects of PEG on survival in ALS patients. Relevant ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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CDC Grand Rounds: National Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Registry Impact, Challenges, and Future Directions.
 

Author(s): Paul Mehta, D Kevin Horton, Edward J Kasarskis, Ed Tessaro, M Shira Eisenberg, Susan Laird, John Iskander

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a rapidly progressive fatal neurologic disease. Currently, there is no cure for ALS and the available treatments only extend life by an average of a few months. The majority of ALS patients die within ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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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 252 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The Role of Metal Binding in the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis-Related Aggregation of Copper-Zinc Superoxide Dismutase.
 

Author(s): Ivana Sirangelo, Clara Iannuzzi

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Protein misfolding and conformational changes are common hallmarks in many neurodegenerative diseases involving formation and deposition of toxic protein aggregates. Although many players are involved in the in vivo protein aggregation, physiological factors such as labile metal ions ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Implications of white matter damage in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Review).
 

Author(s): Ting Zhou, Tina Khorshid Ahmad, Kiana Gozda, Jessica Truong, Jiming Kong, Michael Namaka

Journal: Mol Med Rep. 2017 Oct;16(4):4379-4392.

 

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease, which involves the progressive degeneration of motor neurons. ALS has long been considered a disease of the grey matter; however, pathological alterations of the white matter (WM), including axonal loss, axonal ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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[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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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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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: a New Paradigm
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

 

Last Updated: 2 Mar 2017

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Rehabilitative Trial With tDCS in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

 

Last Updated: 4 Oct 2017

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