A question just completely ‘out the blue’ from inquisitive Cute Judy Lee!
Lou Gehrig’s Disease is a nervous system disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function. In this disease, nerve cells break down, which reduces muscle functionality. The cause is unknown.
It is very rare and approximately 30,000 people living in the US have the incurable and progressive ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) most of them are men between the ages of 40 and 70 years. Many die within a few years of being diagnosed; others, such as the famed physicist Stephen Hawking, can live for years with their brains fully functioning even though their bodies and muscles have degenerated and wasted.
But was ALS the cause of Lou Gehrig’s death?
Well! Maybe not, say a group of neurologists, physicians and pathologists at the Boston University School of Medicine Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. These doctors are presently conducting landmark research on the brains of deceased former NFL players. In 2010, they presented convincing pathological evidence that “repetitive head trauma experienced in collision sports” may be associated with the development of motor-neuron disease.
In other words, repetitive head trauma, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) may result in a syndrome that mimics ALS. (Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology. 2010; 69 (9): 918-929)
It was on July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day, when the Yankee first baseman uttered the famous words at a home plate farewell speech ceremony at Yankee Stadium:
For the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
Lou Gehrig was called the Iron Horse not only for his incredible strength and speed, but also because he was always in the line-up, not matter what injury he incurred the day before. So it is unlikely that we will ever definitively prove whether Gehrig died of ALS or a trauma-related motor neuron disorder diagnosis. His remains were cremated and the Mayo Clinic has sealed his records. Without Gehrig’s patient chart, it is impossible to even know if an autopsy was conducted. Yet his history of so many head injuries may well have played a role in his rapid decline and death.
Hey! Are you a doctor?
Hell no! Just a loud-mouthed wise ass!
Many diseases are named after the doctor or person that identified the disease or condition:
Alzheimer’s Disease – Dr Alois Alzheimer’s in 1906.
Tay-Sachs Disease – Waren Tay in 1881 & Bernard Sachs in 1887.
Parkinson’s Disease – Dr James Parkinson on 1817.
So! I have started a drive to get my own named syndrome: Hal’s Wise-ass Bi-Lateral Erectrosis!
“Yes! Today I consider myself to be the unluckiest blogger in the world: friendless and floundering in the churning blogosphere sea! So! Take the cannoli … leave the post!”
And based on my personal experience, I estimate that at least 5% of WordPress bloggers apparently suffer from this syndrome!
And what about the rest!?
Most likely Lester Likenstein’s Finger Motor Reflex Disorder!