Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) Directory
Lou Gehrig's Disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is an incurable neurological disease in which a person loses the ability to move their arms, legs, and other muscles, including those used to eat and breathe. It occurs when nerve cells that control muscles for voluntary movement die. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) develops, what the symptoms are, how to treat it, and much more.
What is ALS? What Are the Types and Causes?
Find out what causes ALS and learn the difference between the 2 types of this disease associated with Lou Gehrig.
Are There Any Treatments for ALS?
How is ALS treated? Mostly by managing the symptoms. Learn more about how to help someone with the condition also called Lou Gehrig’s disease.
What Are the Symptoms of ALS?
ALS symptoms affect muscles in your hands, arms, feet, and legs. The disease can also affect how you speak and swallow, too.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
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) ...