ALS is a disease affecting the nervous system leading to paralysis and death for everyone diagnosed. Roughly 30,000 people in the U.S. alone have the condition, and the average lifespan upon diagnosis is between three and five years. ALS is considered an "orphan" disease, and there is neither a cure nor effective treatment at this time.
DHMC has recently been recognized by the National ALS Association as a certified center for managing affected patients.
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