What is ALS?
ALS is commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, but for anyone who has or knows someone who has ALS, it is very personal. ALS -- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis -- attacks and destroys motor neurons. The messages sent from the brain and/or spinal cord to the voluntary muscles don't reach their destination. When this happens, the ability to control muscle movement is lost, while leaving mental function intact. Eventually, a person with ALS cannot move limbs, eat, speak, or breathe, which ultimately leads to death.
ALS clinical trial information
ALS "webinars" are live or archived online seminars for people with ALS. Experts explain the scientific rationale and design of current ALS clinical research. Live webinars offer participants the opportunity to ask questions directly to the experts running trials.
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MDA clinics and MDA/ALS centers are staffed by multidisciplinary teams of health professionals skilled in the diagnosis and medical management of ALS, including symptom control, medical interventions and therapies to help maintain the highest possible quality of life.
MDA clinic teams may include neurologists, therapists (physical, occupational, speech and respiratory), nutritionists, social workers, pulmonologists, gastroenterologists and medical equipment specialists.
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MDA ALS Clinic Info
The ALS Association Certified Centers and Clinics bring together a team of health care professionals specially trained to address the needs of people living with ALS, allowing them to receive care from each discipline during a single visit.
The care team typically includes a neurologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, respiratory therapist, nurse, dietitian, speech language pathologist, social worker, mental health professional and an ALS Association Chapter liaison.
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ALS Association Clinic Info