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Listing: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Resources


Reviewed Date

Feb 1, 2023


Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a nervous system disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function. Pronounced (a-my-o-TROE-fik LAT-ur-ul skluh-ROE-sis), it is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, this disease causes the nerve cells to break down, which reduces functionality in the muscles they supply. The cause is unknown. The main symptom is muscle weakness. ALS often begins with muscle twitching and weakness in a limb, or slurred speech. Eventually, ALS affects control of the muscles needed to move, speak, eat and breatheMedication and therapy can slow ALS and reduce discomfort, but there's no cure.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association  - ALS Association

Les Turner ALS Foundation


Muscular Dystrophy Association

National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)


ALS Resource List

Everything ALS

KidsHealth - Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS)

Spanish ALS Resources:

The ALS Association has a Living With ALS Resource Guides that are available in Spanish. has a has Spanish language ALS resource sheet. 


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