While good nutrition is important for everyone, it can be very challenging for people living with ALS to maintain a healthy diet due to chewing and swallowing difficulties. Improper nutrition can cause people to feel tired, lower their resistance to infection, speed the loss of muscle mass, cause constipation and lead to a host of other health problems. Below are some important facts to know and tips on maintaining good nutrition despite having ALS.
The ALS Association has awarded $3.6 million to four interventional trials through its new Clinical Trial Awards program. The Clinical Trial Awards program is open to industry and academic investigators proposing novel or repositioning approaches for ALS.
In 2016, Troy Fields had everything going for him. A beautiful and growing family. A highly successful and satisfying career that allowed him to travel internationally. But he also started to notice signs that something wasn’t quite right. After treatment for cancer and a battery of other tests, his ALS diagnosis was eventually confirmed. Instead of focusing on what he was going to lose, Troy opted to channel his energies to be an agent of change for the ALS community.
Spring feels like it’s just around the corner for most of us, and that means ALS communities nationwide are preparing to kick off their 2022 Walk to Defeat ALS® events. And if the hard work and dedication we see each year from our incredible volunteers and families is any indication, it’s sure to be yet another amazing opportunity to join the fight for all those impacted by ALS.
Heidi Tarr Henson, diagnosed with ALS last spring, shares thoughts about her personal journey living with the disease, what courage means to her and how she strives every day to embrace and live by this powerful virtue.
Connecting ALS recently sat down with Sarah Trott to learn more about her experience as an ALS caregiver for her father who recently lost his battle with ALS, and better understand the challenges with grief she has experienced and the steps she is taking to overcome her terrible loss.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) issued a request for input recently to help guide its work supporting ALS research. The ALS Association is submitting input telling the agency that speed matters. We are encouraging NINDS and the rest of NIH to focus to find ways to use research to advance the health of people with ALS as quickly as possible.
Each year on February 11, the world celebrates International Day of Women and Girls in Science Day. This year we’re shining a spotlight on Dr. Allison Ebert, Ph.D., Leadership Team Member at The ALS Association Wisconsin Chapter & professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Ebert breaks down the challenges of finding effective therapies for people living with ALS and the important work happening in her lab.
In most people’s journey living with ALS, they will be faced with the decision of using a feeding tube to help maintain proper nutrition and enhance their quality of life. The following resources have been developed to provide you with the knowledge you need to help make this decision with the minimum amount of stress and difficulty.
The Institute of Clinical and Economic Review, commonly known as ICER, has opened a review of AMX0035 to determine the cost-effectiveness of the drug. The ALS Association is committed to making sure ICER’s review does not discriminate against people with ALS and that its analysis does not prevent people with ALS from accessing promising treatments.
Despite all that ALS has taken from me, I still try to maintain a positive attitude and try to enjoy each day. I have much to be thankful for. Instead of dwelling on things I can no longer do, I try to focus my time and energy on things I can still do.
We recently spoke with Joan and Tony Nolting about their personal experience living with ALS and attending an ALS Association Certified Center of Excellence. After experiencing mild breathing symptoms and slurred speech, Tony was diagnosed with bulbar onset ALS in September of 2020, just five days after his 63rd birthday.
Each member of the team at an ALS multidisciplinary clinic plays an important role in delivering critical care for people living with ALS and their families. Association-wide liaisons work closely with ALS clinics nationwide, ensuring each patient’s unique needs and wishes are being addressed throughout their journey living with ALS. We recently spoke with Suzanne Schrag, senior director of care services for The ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter, and clinic liaison to ALS multidisciplinary clinics across Colorado and Utah.
Since high school, twenty-two-year-old Wil Armstrong dreamed of cycling across the country. After witnessing the impact of ALS on Rodney Lapp, his former mentor and high school basketball coach, Wil found his purpose to make this dream a reality.
The American Academy of Neurology ALS quality measures provide guidance and recommendations to health care providers, to ensure the most current information is available to provide the highest standard of care for individuals living with ALS. AAN has published draft updates to the ALS Quality Measurement Set and is now accepting public comments to help inform the final updates.
While there are many moving parts within an ALS multidisciplinary clinic, each team member plays an important role in delivering critical care for people living with ALS and their families. The leader of the team is the medical director, providing the professional guidance and support necessary to meet the unique needs of each patient throughout their journey living with ALS.
The multidisciplinary care model brings together a team of health care professionals specially trained to address the needs of people living with ALS, allowing them to receive care from each discipline they need during a single visit. The ALS Association collaborates with experienced ALS clinicians across the country to help ensure people living with ALS have access to this type of specialized care.
From the latest updates on ALS research and advocacy to information about caring for people living with ALS and stories from around the country, the Association’s blog covered it all. Here is a quick look at the top 10 features our readers enjoyed most.