Posted on Saturday, May 1, 2010 - 14:48, By: Miriam Davidson
Velma Yannayon, of Eastanollee, Ga., made soup for supper and had just sat down to eat when she felt herself grow faint. She put her hands on the TV tray to steady herself, and that’s the last thing she remembers. Her husband Theodore, who has ALS, watched her topple over, knocking her soup bowl to...

How can such a lowly secretion be so dangerous?

Posted on Monday, June 1, 2009 - 14:36, By: Amy Madsen
In mid-March, Mark Wenzel, who has ALS, and his wife, Martha, were visiting friends when a mucus plug blocked Mark’s airway.

Schemes and scams target people with ALS

Posted on Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 09:16, By: Amy Madsen
In September 2006, Charlene DeMarco, a former doctor of osteopathy, and Elizabeth Lerner were convicted of 11 federal charges of trying to cheat people with ALS and their families. The two had claimed they could treat ALS patients with stem cell therapy, going so far as to say DeMarco had received...
Posted on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 12:10, By: Kathy Wechsler
Summer typically is the time when people head out and enjoy the great outdoors. But people with ALS have to take a few extra precautions during these hot months, warns Lora L. Clawson, certified registered nurse practitioner and director of ALS clinical services at the MDA/ALS Center at Johns...

Expect the unexpected when your regular caregiver isn’t there

Posted on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 11:53, By: Freelance
Author Jeff Lester’s daughter, Kelsey, is shown here helping out with his trach care. The family discovered communicating this and other vital procedures to the temporary nurses was not an easy task.

Keeping active helps both mind and body

Posted on Monday, October 1, 2007 - 09:16, By: ALSN Staff
Why is exercise important? Along with helping to combat stress, proper exercise is important for preventing atrophy of muscles from disuse — a key to remaining mobile for as long as possible — and for keeping your cardiovascular system strong. The key to gaining these benefits is finding the most...
Posted on Sunday, July 1, 2007 - 09:16, By: Bill Norman
Summer and fall typically bring storms that cause power outages — not a comforting thought for people who rely on electrically powered equipment to breathe. Fortunately, preparation can reduce the impact of power outages, even when hurricane-magnitude disasters strike. Existing backup Those who use...