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Old 12-29-2011, 01:34 PM #11 (permalink)
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Default Re: Research Question about the Origin of ALS

I've always considered that MND's aka ALS are different diseases under the same umbrella, just as cancer and viruses are... there are a zillion different kinds of viruses and cancers, and they ultimately can destroy your body. So does whatever "triggers" ALS, whether it's in the foot, hand, bulbar, whether you live 6 months after diagnosis, 6 years, or in Hawkings' case, 40+ years, it ultimately does the same to all of us.

When I worked at the American Cancer Society in the early 2000's, their goal by 2015 was not to "cure" all cancers – as they constantly change in people's bodies – but to have cancer become more of a "chronic condition" as in diabetes (which obviously can still kill you) but you can also live many productive years in the meantime. I'd like to think that we're closer to that with ALS as well...
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