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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a relatively rare disease, yet it is the most common adult-onset motor neuron disease. Nearly two in every 100,000 people develop ALS worldwide, and the majority of those diagnosed survive for just two to four years post diagnosis.1 In 2015, 222,801 people were living with ALS, and researchers estimate this number will increase by 69 percent over the next two decades.2 Symptoms of ALS include trouble swallowing — which can progress to respiratory failure — muscular atrophy and fatigue.3 Hereditary ALS accounts for 5–10 percent of cases, yet the majority of cases have no direct cause. Individuals over 60 years of age have a greater likelihood of developing ALS.4 Currently, there is no cure for ALS.5 Show References
1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4987527/ 2 Ibid 3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4049265/ 4 https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/mm6707a3.htm 5 Ibid
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