A Background On ALS
ALS, short for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is a progressive disease that is neurologic in origin. Often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, it is characterized by an attack on the neurons in the brain that are responsible for the control of voluntary muscles. ALS is one of the motor neuron diseases where the brain and spinal cord cells are progressively damaged and then die, causing an individual to lose voluntary muscular movement. This leads to debilitating signs such as twitching and muscle atrophy, among others.