lou gehrig’s disease

  • Lt. Sean Flood, Ranger Deb McNamara, Ranger Ted Fusco and Capt. Stephen Owens, who help provide security at the Massachusetts State House, participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Aug. 7. Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
    December 29, 2014  

    This year, a challenge to Facebook users to douse themselves in ice water became an internet craze, raising millions for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Gwen Ifill talks to Nancy Frates, the mother of the man who inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, about the impetus for the viral fundraising campaign and how it has advanced awareness and research of the disease. Continue reading

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    August 22, 2014  

    From George W. Bush to Kermit the Frog, scores of celebrities and thousands of others have posted videos of ice water being dumped over their heads. It’s all to raise money to battle ALS, a disease that destroys nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, for which there is no cure. For a look at the charity at its center, Judy Woodruff talks to Barbara Newhouse, president and CEO of the ALS Association. Continue reading

  • January 9, 2012    

    An expert on Lou Gehrig’s disease explains what we know about this debilitating condition and how Hawking has beaten the odds Physicist Stephen Hawking onstage at the 2010 World Science Festival Opening Night Gala in June 2010 in New York … Continue reading

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    In a stem cell research breakthrough, scientists have reprogrammed skin cells from two elderly patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis — also called ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease — to act like stem cells. Continue reading