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A group of neurologists are now questioning whether or not Gehrig died of ALS, which now bears the name “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” Gehrig’s body was cremated after his death, so  nobody will be able to say for certain.

From Time.com:

Yankee great Lou Gehrig may not have had the motor-neuron disorder that was famously named after him.

That’s the intriguing suggestion of a group of neurologists who describe a new type of degenerative nerve disease that bears a striking resemblance to Lou Gehrig’s but is distinguished by the presence of two signature proteins that would not have been detectable in the Hall of Famer’s time. (See the top 10 medical breakthroughs of 2009.)

Dr. Robert Stern, co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and co-author of a report appearing in the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology, says Lou Gehrig’s disease, technically known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is just one of a range of motor disorders that are becoming better understood thanks to more sophisticated scientific techniques. Distinguishing them is not easy, he says — it’s still possible only at autopsy, when pathologists can study brain tissue and look for telltale proteins or other molecular signatures of the different conditions. While the patient is alive, the signs and symptoms of these motor-neuron disorders look very similar — weakness or numbness in the limbs, uncontrollable twitching of the muscles and gradual loss of movement. (more…)

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