A man with ALS uses a head-mounted laser pointer to communicate with his wife, by pointing to letters and words on a communication board.
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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease, is a crippling, progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there is no cure. Now it seems that a diabetes drug may help some cases.
The stress over their ability to swallow can provoke a great deal of anxiety in patients.
Nine states and the District of Columbia currently have laws that permit assisted dying, but the laws are so restrictive that they are often more hurdle than help.
A computer-generated voice was essential to Hawking’s participation in the world around him.
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You can probably hear Hawking's famously computer-generated voice in your head. His example showed tech as a tool that enables people with disabilities to fully participate in and contribute to the world.
Medical assistance in dying has been legal in Canada since July 2016, but there are no ‘specialists’ responsible for doctor-assisted suicide and many doctors are overwhelmed with requests.
More than 2,000 Canadians have chosen medical assistance in dying (MAID) since legalization in 2016. But palliative care doctors aren't embracing assisted suicide as part of their job.
Some types of MND start with a loss of grip. But what causes this?
While research for a cure for MND is underway, first we need to know what causes it.
Opening the gate to communication.
A new kind of brain-computer interface has helped ALS sufferers who cannot move to communicate.
In China, former basketball star Yao Ming takes the Ice Bucket Challenge at his NBA Yao School in Beijing.
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The Ice Bucket Challenge has been called “one of the most viral philanthropic social media campaigns in history”. The campaign has raised the profile of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). But some…