ALS poses tough life decisions for those with family history of disease

04/19/2004 | Macon Telegraph (Ga.), The

A nurse practitioner and mother of two, who has a long family history of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, wonders regularly if she, as a carrier, will also pass it on to her children. Also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS claims lives through a slow, "creeping paralysis," and, since there is no cure, not all at risk for the disease choose to learn whether they carry the defective gene that means roughly a 90% chance of developing ALS.

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