Author Archives: Wendy Henderson

What Is Penn’s Comprehensive ALS Center?

Patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) experience a gradual loss of the ability to walk, swallow and even breathe, and there’s no cure. It’s incredibly important that patients seek specialized treatment to address the different aspects of the disease. MORE: Find out seven ways to diagnose ALS In…

Neurologist Talks About Diagnosing ALS

In this video from the Brattleboro Reformer, learn more about how ALS patients like Andy are diagnosed from a doctor’s point of view. MORE: Andy shares his ALS journey in this touching video Neurologist Dr. Elijah Stommel explains that he sees two newly diagnosed ALS patients each week and that each…

The ALS Association Explains the Disease

There are currently around 30,000 people in the U.S. living with ALS and that number grows by approximately 15 each day. MORE: Learn about Nanci, a much-loved Hollywood publicist who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2014 This ALS Association of Texas video explains amyotrophic lateral…

Who Was Lou Gehrig?

  Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. But who was Lou Gehrig? Henry Louis Gehrig was born in New York on June 19, 1903, at a time when very few people were aware of ALS, the progressive and neurodegenerative disease. Gehrig grew up to…

7 Things to Keep in Mind If a Loved One Has ALS

An amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) diagnosis can be devastating for both the patient and their family. If a loved one has recently been diagnosed with ALS, they’ll need your support now more than ever. Remember to be understanding and patient. We’ve put together a list of things to consider if a someone close to you has…

Understanding Molecular Changes in ALS

In this TEDx Talks video, Steven Boeynaems explains that although we have known about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for 140 years, scientists still know very little about the condition that affects around 200,000 people worldwide. MORE: Seven interesting facts about ALS Boeynaems talks about the role of TDP-43 proteins and…

Explaining the Early Symptoms of ALS

This short video from the ALS Association Texas Chapter shares the early symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) using simple computer-generated animation. MORE: Discover seven facts about ALS you might find interesting ALS is difficult to diagnose in the early stages as the symptoms presented often mimic other diseases and conditions.