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5 Facts you should know about

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

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ALS is the most common type of motor neuron disease

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Early symptoms include muscle twitching, cramping, stiffness, weakness, slurred speech, and/or difficulty chewing or swallowing

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The underlying neurological problems were first described by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot

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About 10% of the people with ALS have at least one relative with the disease

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The average survival from onset to death is 2 to 4 years, though this can vary, and about 10% survive longer than 10 years