June is International Motor Neuron Disease (MND) Awareness Month. Although this acronym is not widely used here in the United States, many of you may be familiar with a subtype of this disease, called ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. ALS is also the disease that Stephen Hawking, the famous theoretical physicist, lived with for 55 years.
It has since been discovered that the virus obstructs respiratory pathways by forming a thick layer of mucus that solidifies and blocks the air pathways to the lungs. Current treatment involves unblocking these airways to apply medicine for recovery to take effect.