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Never Give Up. ALS By Anna W. Period 5. Lou Gehrig. ALS. Form of a Motor Neuron Disease Effects and kills Motor Neurons, nerve cells in the central nervous system Ruins voluntary muscle movement IS fatal. Diagram. Normal neuron and Muscle Healthy neuron ALS affected muscle

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never give up

Never Give Up

ALS

By Anna W.

Period 5

Lou Gehrig

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ALS
  • Form of a Motor Neuron Disease
  • Effects and kills Motor Neurons, nerve cells in the central nervous system
  • Ruins voluntary muscle movement
  • IS fatal
diagram
Diagram
  • Normal neuron and Muscle
    • Healthy neuron
  • ALS affected muscle
    • Dying cell body
    • Thin decaying myelin
    • Wasted muscle
symptoms
SYMPTOMS
  • Early Symptoms
    • Weak muscles
    • Slurred speech
  • Later Symptoms
    • Unable to stand or walk
    • Cannot preform manual tasks
    • Loss of speech and swalloing
who gets it
Who gets it
  • ALS is not contagious
  • About 30,000 people have ALS in the US
    • Few thousand diagnosis in the Bay Area
  • FALS (familial ALS) is genetic
    • 10% of adult ALS onsets is hereditary
  • Ages 40-60 mostly get ALS
    • Occationally aged 20
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K K
  • My grandmother who was diagnosed with ALS
  • She has to be helped with everything
  • Has lost her speech
    • Uses voice apps on her iphone
my inspiration
My Inspiration
  • KK inspired me to do my HDP on ALS
  • Whenever I think of her it reminds me, things in my life could be worse, and to never give up.
  • Learning about ALS brought me a lot closer to my grandmother, who won’t be around for much longer because usually ALS kills you in 5-7 years, KK is in her forth year.
no one knows
No One Knows
  • Not much at all is known about ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease at the moment.
    • Not the cause . . .
    • Or the cure.
  • But more is being discovered everyday, so someday there will be a cure.
  • I want to help scientists find it,

And I’ll never give up.

(Never Give Up is the ALS Association’s slogan)

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