Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
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- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis-Polyglucosan Bodies
- Aran-Duchenne Muscular Atrophy
- Gehrig's Disease
- Lou Gehrig's Disease
- Motor System Disease (Focal and Slow)
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type ALS
- Juvenile Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Included
- Progressive Bulbar Palsy, Included
- Benign Focal Amyotrophy of ALS
- Upper Motor Neuron Disease
- Werdnig-Hoffman Disease
- Primary Lateral Sclerosis
- Infantile Spinal Muscular Atrophy, ALS
- Kugelberg-Welander Disease
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is one of a group of disorders known as motor neuron diseases. It is characterized by the progressive degeneration and eventual death of nerve cells (motor neurons) in the brain, brainstem and spinal cord that facilitate communication between the nervous system and voluntary muscles of the body. Ordinarily, motor neurons in the brain (upper motor neurons) sent messages to motor neurons in the spinal cord (lower motor neurons) and then to various muscles. ALS affects both the upper and lower motor neurons, so that the transmission of messages is interrupted, and muscles gradually weaken and waste away. As a result, the ability to initiate and control voluntary movement is lost. Ultimately, ALS leads to respiratory failure because affected individuals lose the ability to control muscles in the chest and diaphragm. ALS is often called Lou Gehrig's disease.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association
27001 Agoura Road
Calabasas Hills, CA 91301-5104
Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy
925 Busse Road
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Muscular Dystrophy Association
3300 East Sunrise Drive
Tucson, AZ 85718-3208
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
Les Turner Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Foundation, Ltd.
5550 W. Touhy Avenue,
Skokie, IL 60077-3254
ALS Society of Canada
3000 Steeles Avenue East, Suite 200
Ontario, L3R 4T9
Internet: http://www.als.ca/en and http://alsont.ca/
76 Firhill Rd
Glasgow, G20 7BA
Spastic Paraplegia Foundation
5305 Miramar Ln
Colleyville, TX 76034
International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations
P.O. Box 246
Northampton, NN1 2PR
ALS Therapy Development Institute
300 Technology Sq, Suite 400
Cambridge, MA 02139
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A
Short Hills, NJ 07078
New Horizons Un-Limited, Inc.
811 East Wisconsin Ave
P.O. Box 510034
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
UCSF Memory and Aging Center
350 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94117
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