Essay on The Deadly Disease Known As Als

1410 Words Nov 23rd, 2014 6 Pages
Kindle Nelms
Mrs. Ward
English
23 November 2014
The Deadly Disease
Have you ever heard of the deadly disease known as ALS? Do you know who discovered ALS? What is Lou Gehrig’s disease? What does ALS stand for? What are the symptoms, diagnosis, the treatments of ALS, do you know how many people get ALS, and how can you be involved help with ASL? If you do not know any of the following questions, this essay will answer all of the following.
, I will tell you who discovered ALS is and describe what ALS is. “ALS was first found by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot in 1869.”- (kidshealth.org) ALS is a disorder that affects the function of nerves and muscles. This deadly disease that “affects the nerve cells in the brain and in the spinal cord. When neurons reach the brain and spinal cord it spreads to the muscles in your body from your feet to your head usually making a patient in the late stage of ALS paralyzed.”- (ALS ASSOCIATION) When the patient is in the late stage and paralyzed it is usually around the time when the patients start to end their fight for their life. “ALS is 20% more common in men than women.” (alsa.org) This disease can be handed down by genetics it cannot physically spread from human to human like the flu, cold, strep, and ext.
Second, I will tell you what ALS stands for. ALS stands for Amyotrophic, lateral, and sclerosis. In the word Amyotrophic the letter A in Greek mean without, the myo in Amyotrophic in Greek means muscle, the word trophic…

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