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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Nature Outlook: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating disease with poorly understood causes and no known cure. But research is slowly beginning to bring hope to those affected. This Outlook discusses topics such as: how genetic and epidemiological research are beginning to reveal the secrets of ALS; new drugs and other treatments that are finally becoming available; and the lessons that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge offers for funding disease research.

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ALS: A video legacy

This documentary features two projects that are helping people with a terminal neurodegenerative disease to record video messages for their families, enabling them to leave a legacy for future generations. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neuron disease (MND), affects the nerve cells that control muscle movement. At present, there is no cure for ALS and people with the condition gradually lose the use of their muscles, eventually becoming unable to speak. This makes recording video messages challenging but also incredibly valuable for those with ALS and their loved ones.

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