Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. It is a rapidly progressive and fatal neurological disease characterized by the gradual degeneration and death of motor neurons.
According to BCC Research reports, between one and two cases per 100,000 population appear every year; the disease commonly strikes people between 40 and 60 years of age, and men are slightly more prone to it than women. It has been estimated that there are 30,000 to 40,000 cases of ALS in the U.S. at any one time, and at least 200,000 in the developed world. Clearly, the global prevalence is much higher. Read the rest of this entry »