*WARNING: The first video contains nudity and is intended only as an example of how far some took the ALS ice bucket challenge*
It’s the charity most regularly linked with the recent spate of online ice bucket challenges, with everyone and their dog taking a soaking in the name of charity – But what exactly is ALS?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body.
The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost.
With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralysed.
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