9 Apr 2018

How Stephen Hawking Outlived ALS By 55 Years

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Astrophysicists were fascinated by Stephen Hawking, while medical experts were astounded by the 55 years he lived with ALS. The famed physicist was considered a miracle to pass away at the age of 76. Nobody has been found to have lived with the disease for that long. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS and motor neuron disease. Many die just a few months after the diagnosis. The chance of surviving more than a decade is only ten percent. Some medical experts believe Hawking’s long life can be attributed to the development of his disease at an early stage in life. There is no medical evidence to back this theory besides that a younger body can cope with disease better. The average age to be diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease is between forty and seventy. The youth theory was considered by British neurologists in the British…

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20 May 2014

What Causes ALS?

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a disease that affects neurons in the central nervous system. It’s a debilitating disease that impairs bodily functions over time, leading to complete paralysis. ALS is a mysterious condition that has kept researchers guessing its possible causes. Although genetic components have been identified to be major factors in its development, there is still much to learn about the disease. What is ALS? In the course of ALS, motor nerve cells of the body slowly die. This prevents the brain from directing any muscle control, thereby paralyzing the body. ALS can be difficult for those it affects and their family members. As the disease progresses, increased loss of function must be dealt with to prolong the life of the person. Searching for the Cause Researchers have so far established no clear cause for the disease. The majority of cases show no contributing factor, even when a…

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