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ALS is a rare disorder, affecting about 1 in 100 thousand people. A related condition, called PLS is even rarer - but both have devastating effects. ALS is short for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - but it's commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease after the Yankees star, whose Hall of Fame career - and life - were cut short by the disease. ALS causes the body’s muscles to atrophy until a person is unable to move any muscles, except for the eyes. Many die only years after diagnosis - others, like scientist Steven Hawking, live for decades with the disease.
Today, where we live, we'll talk with Dr. Richard Bedlack of the Duke ALS Clinic about Lou Gehrig's disease, and the latest research. He's in Connecticut, to speak at UConn. And, we'll explore the lesser-known world of PLS.
This program was produced by Danielle Tumminio.