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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (03:29)


ALS or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a degenerative neurological disease also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. This is a progressive paralysis.

Treatment of ALS (03:26)

There is no cure or treatment for ALS and patients will die from this disease. There is no known cause and only 10 percent is genetic.

Testing for ALS (03:52)

There is no test for ALS and all doctors can do is eliminate the other diseases though testing to rule them out.

Planning for ALS (03:43)

Planning for ALS is essential to the wellbeing of patients. Decisions on life support, memorial services, and wills are all ways for planning for the future.

Living with ALS (03:14)

Many people suffering from ALS can live with the disease for a time. There are transitions between phases of ALS where patients feel trapped in their bodies by lack of movement.

ALS Clinics (04:00)

At ALS clinics patients are seen by a team of specialists one right after another to minimize their trips to the doctor's office. They provide all the services for ALS patients in one place at one time.

Medications for ALS (03:25)

Rilutek may add months of life for ALS patients. This option for many people is not a good one because the quality of life is diminished. Research is being done to understand ASL.

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ALS: Lou Gehrig's Disease

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This program from The Doctor Is In studies the cases of three patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Expert medical commentary is provided by Lucie Bruijn, Ph.D., science director of the ALS Association, and Jeffrey Cohen, M.D., a neurologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. In addition, a family care provider talks about the challenges one faces in that role. Although there is currently no cure for ALS, it is only a matter of time before one is found as researchers continue to advance the frontiers of knowledge of neurological diseases. A Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Production. (29 minutes)

Length: 29 minutes

Item#: BVL33017

ISBN: 978-1-4213-1918-6

Copyright date: ©2003

Closed Captioned

Reviews & Awards

2004 Bronze Telly Award

2004 National Health Information Award, Merit

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