Dr. Campbell: Raleigh sports figure contracts ALS
October 5, 2016 - als
RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Chris Combs, a former standout ball actor during N.C. State and associate executive of a Wolfpack Club, announced in May he had been diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
This past weekend, Combs and his Foundation called “Team Chris Combs” hold a fundraiser where all deduction were donated to a Duke ALS Center in sequence to assistance find a heal by research.
The celebration lifted some-more than $ 1 million for ALS research.
1. What is ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease?
ALS is a on-going neurologic illness that affects cells in a mind and spinal cord.
ALS has no cure.
In ALS, a engine neurons—or nerves that assistance control transformation are shop-worn and eventually no longer function. This formula in a inability to pierce arms, legs and other flesh groups.
Ultimately, ALS will impact a muscles in a chest that concede us to breathe.
With intentional flesh movement gradually affected, people might remove a ability to speak, eat, pierce and breathe.
The engine nerves that are influenced when we have ALS are a engine neurons that yield intentional movements and flesh control. Examples of intentional movements are creation a bid to strech for a intelligent phone or step off a curb. These actions are tranquil by a muscles in a arms and legs.
2. How was Chris Combs diagnosed?
Combs initial beheld something was wrong with his hands in Oct of final year when he couldn’t symbol a tip symbol of his dress shirt.
In January, he remarkable other troubles with his hands while steep hunting.
Ultimately he began to have flesh twitches during night.
He afterwards sought after several opposite medical opinions and was primarily diagnosed with and treated for a opposite neurologic illness but any changes in his symptoms.
Ultimately, his ALS diagnosis was reliable during Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.
3. What is a augury for Chris and others like him?
At this indicate there is no cure.
The normal life camber after diagnosis is 2 to 5 years.
There are no proven treatments.
Combs will be in a investigate custom for his diagnosis that will hopefully delayed a course of his disease.
4. What can we do to help?
Combs and others like him are anticipating for a cure.
A heal will usually be satisfied by medical breakthroughs that are saved by research.
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