What You Need to Know about ALS, 1st Edition

  • Harry LeVine III
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  • ISBN-10: 1440863571
  • ISBN-13: 9781440863578
  • DDC: 616.839
  • 152 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released December 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019
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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a neurodegenerative disease that affects the motor neurons that drive voluntary movement. Those with ALS experience difficulty moving and speaking and, as the condition worsens, difficulty swallowing and breathing. Beyond this definition, however, what do individuals and families affected by ALS need to know? This book provides a profile of the condition, distilling and consolidating scientific knowledge into a concise, readable volume. A list of Top 10 essential questions begins the book, providing quick answers to readers' most pressing concerns. Each chapter explores a particular facet of the topic, covering causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options, plus issues that are less commonly addressed but still critical to understand, such as effects on loved ones and caregivers. Case illustrations highlight key themes and are accompanied by insightful analyses and recommendations.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Recent Titles in Inside Diseases and Disorders.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Foreword.
1: Essential Questions.
2: What Is ALS?.
3: The History of ALS.
4: Causes and Risk Factors.
5: Signs and Symptoms.
6: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management.
7: Long-Term Prognosis and Potential Complications.
8: Effects on Family and Friends.
9: Prevention.
10: Issues and Controversies.
11: Current Research and Future Directions.
Case Illustrations.
Directory of Resources.
About the Author.