Test Your ALS Knowledge
Alright, Einstein. Let’s test your ALS knowledge by taking this “What is ALS?” quiz
According to a 2018 poll, more than 60% of Americans knew nothing about ALS. How do you measure up?
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ALS, otherwise known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease, is contagious
ALS is a disease that attacks cells in the body that control movement. It is a neurodegenerative disease, meaning cells of the nervous system -- neurons -- die over time. In ALS, this makes the brain stop talking to the muscles, causing increased paralysis over time.
ALS can affect anyone, anywhere, at any age
ALS can affect anyone, anywhere, at any age, with no racial, ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries. The majority of ALS cases (90-95%) have no family history of the disease. It occurs most frequently between 40-70 years of age, but can affect people even younger such as our co-founder, Brian Wallach, who was 37 when he was diagnosed.
There are cures for ALS
Today, ALS is always deadly and there are limited treatment options for people living with the disease. However, we know more about ALS today than ever before -- changing it from a question of IF we will find treatments and cures to WHEN. You can help us change the world for people living with ALS by joining our revolution.
Most ALS patients live no more than five years
The average amount of time a person lives with ALS after diagnosis is 2-5 years.
If we find treatments and cures for ALS, we could unlock critical breakthroughs for diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, frontotemporal dementia and beyond.
Scientists believe that the causes of many neurodegenerative diseases are linked. That means curing one could unlock cures for all. Score!