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Afternoons on 11: An in-depth look at ALS

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(KTVI)-Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive and deadly disease. Often called "Lou Gehrig's Disease”, the neurodegenerative disease affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, eventually causing motor neurons to die. When they die, the ability of the brain to control muscle movement is lost.

There is no cure for ALS, and only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) modestly extends survival.

Saint Louis University's ALS Clinic provides a state of the art ALS specific multidisciplinary care and services for patients. This approach has been shown to help people with ALS have a better quality of life and actually prolongs life in most case.

On Saturday, June 28, you can join the Walk to Defeat ALS, which will be held in Forest Park. Check in at 8:30am and the walk begins at 10:00am. To join the Saint Louis University ALS Clinic's Walk Team and fight against ALS, or to donate to help find a cure, visit the Walk to Defeat ALS website.

Website: ALS Association St. Louis Regional Chapter