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How common is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)?

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ALS is a disease that kills the nerves that control motion in your body. It’s better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. About 1 person in 25,000 will get it. Most people live 2 to 5 years after their diagnosis. They most often die of breathing problems. About 5% of people survive for 20 years or more.

From: Are There Any Treatments for ALS? WebMD Medical Reference

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LS Association: “Quick Facts About ALS.”

Mayo Clinic: “Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Treatment.”

CDC: “Prevalence of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis -- United States, 2012–2013.”

Johns Hopkins University, Robert Packard Center for Treatment of ALS.

National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke: “Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Fact Sheet.”

University of California, San Francisco Medical Center: “ALS.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 3, 2017

SOURCES: 

LS Association: “Quick Facts About ALS.”

Mayo Clinic: “Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Treatment.”

CDC: “Prevalence of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis -- United States, 2012–2013.”

Johns Hopkins University, Robert Packard Center for Treatment of ALS.

National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke: “Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Fact Sheet.”

University of California, San Francisco Medical Center: “ALS.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 3, 2017

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