Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a life-limiting neurodegenerative condition that currently has no cure. Dr Ang Kexin, Consultant, Department of Neurology, NNI, explained that the condition affects nerves that control muscles used for moving arms, legs, talking, swallowing and breathing. Medication can help slow down progression of ALS and alleviate some symptoms, however Dr Ang shared that assistive devices and strong family support can help improve patients’ quality of life. The article also included an interview with the widow of a former ALS patient who said that after her husband was diagnosed with ALS, he spent as much time as possible with his children and the couple renewed their marriage vows on their 20th wedding anniversary, one year before he died.

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