Explaining Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

This very informative video from Khan Academy explains more about the progressive, degenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

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The film explains that ALS is a rare disease that affects one to two people out of every 100,000. The disease is not very well-understood and to date, there are no known causes and no cure. Continued research is needed to help scientists establish why the motor neurons die in order to develop treatments that can stop or potentially reverse damage caused by the disease.

Many researchers think the cause is a combination of genetics and environmental factors but which environmental factors have yet to be determined.

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2 comments

  1. Susan says:

    Your numbers have to be wrong .. I don’t believe 2 out of 100,000 . No longer rare . My husband was just diagnosed since then heard of a yo. Of people that have it or had known someone that had/
    Has it .. what’s going on ????!!!

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