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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Did you know that Motor Neurone Diseases is also called Lou Gehrig's disease?

Did you know that motor neurone diseases (MND) are a group of neurological disorders that selectively affect motor neurones?

Did you know that MND effects the cells that control voluntary muscle activity including speaking, walking, breathing, swallowing and general movement of the body?

Did you know that Lou Gehrig's disease is commonly referred to as MND?

Did you know that in France the disease is sometimes known as maladie de Charcot (Charcot's disease)?

Did you know that currently there is no cure for ALS?

Did you know that The only drug that affects the course of the disease ALS is riluzole?

Did you know that Riluzole functions by blocking the effects of the neurotransmitter glutamate, and is thought to extend the lifespan of an ALS patient by only a few months?

Did you know that MND is typically fatal within 2–5 years?

Did you know that those diagnosis with MND around 50% die within 14 months?

Professor Stephen Hawking
Did you know that 1 in 5 patients survive for 5 years, and 1 in 10 patients survive 10 years?

Did you know that Professor Stephen Hawking is a well-known example of a person with MND, and has lived for more than 40 years with the disease?

 The television film Hawking starring Benedict Cumberbatch was made in 2004 about him and this disease.

Now if you didn't know, now you know...

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