For weeks now social media and has been filled with videos of people dumpling buckets of ice water over their head in an attempt to bring about awareness for ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. And, since the start of that challenge, over 70 million dollars has been raised by the ALS Association. That is compared to the 2.5 million dollars raised during the same time period last year. It is a win for the association, but how much do people really know about the debilitating disease?
Dr. Michael Rivner is the medical director of the ALS Clinic at the Georgia Regents Medical Center, and he was kind enough to stop by “The Means Report” share his knowledge of the disease. ALS generally strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, although younger adults have been diagnosed, and approximately 30,000 Americans are living with the disease at any given time.
While the disease attacks more men than women, no one is immune, and there is no clear cut way to diagnosis the disease. It takes a series of tests and procedures before a diagnosis can be reached. There is still a lot to learn about ALS. Few drugs offer relief for the sufferers of the ultimately deadly disease. That is why, Dr. Rivner explains, research is so important.
To learn more about ALS or to make a donation to the ALS Association, click here.
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