For example, Stephen Hawking, one of the world 's leading physicists, was diagnosed with ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, when he was 21 years old. The
What is it like to have ALS or a CTE? Either a progressive neurological disease that attacks your motor skills or one that attacks the cognitive parts of the brain. Each one has its own particular attack strategy. On one hand the body is rendered completely motionless while being completely conscious of the outside environment. On the other, the body stays unharmed while it slowly loses the mind, both are equally devastating. These diseases are caused by repetitive concussions & brain trauma. These can be obtained by participating in physical sports that involve being struck on the head. These are the risk that a person must be willing to consider when making decisions to be active in sports.
ALS or more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease is a extremely deadly disease that slowly progresses and attacks the upper and lower motor neurons. Neurons are nerve cells that control voluntary movement. When these nerve cells are destroyed the brain loses the ability to control the muscles. Then the muscles can no longer move so they get hard and waste away. It usually starts in the limbs and moves to other parts of the body. Eventually it spreads to the lungs and eventually patients need breathing assistance to stay alive. Symptoms can vary from falling to not being able to pick up a pencil or to turn a key. Symptoms are not the same for all patients most patients don't follow the same progression patterns either. They all depend on the person and the severity of the case. Either way ALS is extremely deadly and unable to be treated.
Parkinson disease is a degenerative disorder of basal ganglia function that results in variable combination of tremor, rigidity, akinesia/ bradykinesia, and postural changes. The causes of Parkinson disease is unknown, but it is widely believed that most cases are caused by an interaction of environmental and genetic factors. It is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movements. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that is one of the most common neurologic disorders of older adults. The disorder is characterized by progressive destruction of the nigrostriatal pathway, with subsequent reduction in striatal concentration of dopamine. The prevalence of Parkinson disease is the United States is estimated at 1.0% of
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disease that affects neurons in the body that is responsible for controlling voluntary muscles (Adis International Limited). ALS affects both the upper and lower motor neurons in the body. The upper motor neuron, found in the
ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a condition that involves motor neurons. The upper motor
Tay-Sachs disease is a rare autosomal recessive disease which causes a gradual impairment of nerve cells and of mental and physical capabilities. The disease occurs when harmful amounts of cell membrane component called as gangliosides accumulate in the nerve cells of brain. People suffering from Tay-Sachs disease do not have a specific enzyme called hexosaminidase A (Hex-A). The deficiency of this enzyme causes a fat, GM2 ganglioside, to accumulate in the brain. It is this accumulation that causes the symptoms of Tay-Sachs.
I imply to write a meaningful essay, to share with the reader some of my thoughts and experiences of life with ALS, by means of the tracheotomy and ventilator. There are many emotions that describe the life of PALS (person/s with ALS: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s disease or MND (motor neuron disease). However so complex, it attacks every affected person I have known in a different way. Although with some symptomatic resemblances, the end result is the same, certain fatal outcome.
Multiple Sclerosis is a neurological disorder that affects the central nervous system, causing damage to the nerve cells, which could cause permanent damage, leaving those who suffering from the disease with a myriad of lifelong issues. According to Mayo Clinic (2018), “Signs and symptoms of MS vary widely and depend on the amount of nerve damage and which nerves are affected.” The damage varies from patient to patient; with many of the symptoms include numbness and tingling of the extremities, mental health issues, such as depression, vision issues, speech impairment, balance issues, and chronic fatigue, as well as incontinence and bowel issues. In more advanced stages, cognitive function can change, such as memory impairment,
This case study is about Ehlers – Danlos Syndrome. Ehlers – Danlos Syndrome is a condition that cause connective tissue that cannot support the skin and it also affect the sign and symptoms of ehlers - Danlos syndrome. The person who has this type of condition (Ehlers - Danlos syndrome) there is a chance that the person can have flexible joints, stretchy, fragile skin which can lead an issue of a wound because the skin cannot heal a wound.  It is hard to find out the frequency of Ehlers - Danlos syndrome. The different types of these condition have 1 in 5,000 worldwide. Hypermobility and classical have more effect. There are 1 in 1,000 to 15,000 people who have affected by hypermobility
Multiple sclerosis is a degenerative, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. In many cases it is thought to be linked to some type of predispositions, but still unknown as to what the target factor is. Specifically multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder in which means that the body can no longer detect which cells in the body are healthy and which are harmful, therefore attacking all cells and in this case tissue as well.
Parkinson 's disease (PD) par·kin·son·ism (par 'kin-son-izm) is a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that mainly affects the motor system. The symptoms can come on slowly as time progresses. In the beginning of this disease, the most obvious signs are shaking, and slowness of movement, and difficulty with walking. Thinking and behavioral problems can occur as well. Dementia becomes common in most advanced stages of this disease. I have a well amount of knowledge about Parkinson disease because my grandfather from my mother side had Parkinson due to a work injury. Parkinson disease includes break downs and death of vital nerve cells in the brain, called neurons. Parkinson 's
Hong Kong Spinocerebellar Ataxia Association (HKSCAA) was established in in April 2007, it is designed specifically for spinocerebellar ataxia suffers and their families and it is a non-profit, self-help charity. HKSCAA upholds the spirit of mutual help and encourage members strive to live a glorious life.
Imagine trying to accomplish your life goals not being able to talk without the use of a machine and not being able to physically move without the help of a nurse. Stephen Hawking is a scientist that studies and creates theories on the universe. Hawking has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) which prevents him from physically moving and he can only talk through machine. Even with ALS, Stephen Hawking was able to positively impact our society because his theories and discoveries have advanced our knowledge about the universe, he has attempted to teach society his complex concepts in simple terms, and he has inspired a lot of people by not letting ALS get in his way success.