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Rare and incurable, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is also the most severe of degenerative neurological diseases.
ALS attacks the peripheral motor nerve cells used by the brain to control most of the voluntary muscles in the body. Gradually, the destruction of these nerve cells leads to impaired muscle movement, and eventually to the weakening and final paralysis of the muscle and spinal cord. With the progressive degeneration and death of motor neurons — leading from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body — the brain loses its ability to initiate and control muscle movement. As ALS takes its course, limb movement, swallowing, speech and breathing are gradually affected in random order and patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
ALS affects approximately 1 in 10,000 individuals, Five to ten percent of all ALS cases are the result of genetic defects, and sometimes more than one member of a family is stricken. In most cases, however, the disease attacks randomly, and unpredictably. There is no way of knowing who may become a victim.
It is estimated that there are 600-700 ALS patients in Israel today. Most are between 46-65 years old but some are younger or older. Death often occurs within three to five years of diagnosis. 20% of the patients survive five to ten years and 10% live longer.