10 Facts About ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)

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If you spend much time on social media websites like Facebook, you've probably seen at least one friend take the "Ice Bucket Challenge." As much as the game can raise awareness and funds for ALS, it may not spread many facts about the disease. Here are some facts about ALS.


1
Every 90 minutes someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with ALS.

2
ALS does not impair an individual’s sexual drive.

3
ALS is the most common neurodegenerative diseases worldwide.

4
Former Boston college baseball player Pete Frates started the Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014 at age 29. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2012.

5
The cause of sporadic ALS remains a mystery to this day. Science cannot explain how the illness begins in the body

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The most viral video, with over 22 million hits, of a celebrity taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge belongs to Bill Gates, the CEO and founder of Microsoft.

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Eighty five percent of people with a motor neuron disease have ALS.

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Nobel Prize-winning physicist Stephen Hawking has defied scientific odds by living with ALS for more than 40 years, a world record.

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ALS is not necessarily hereditary and is not contagious.

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Science has yet to devise a single test to definitely diagnose ALS.