ALS Advocacy

ALS Advocacy
Lou Gehrig's Disease - Motor Neuron Disease - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Thought it had been cured by now? Still no known cause. Still no cure. Still quickly fatal. Still outrageous.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Is This Really A Cluster, Or Are The Italians Just Paying Attention?

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/259620,lou-gehrigs-disease-hits-another-retired-footballer.html


Rome - A retired Serie B footballer has said he contracted amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a nervous-system disease with an unusually high incidence among former Italian players. Italian media reported Thursday that Stefano Turchi, 40, a forward with Ancona between 1990 and 1992 has suffered from ALS since 2005.
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Researchers studying ALS have found that the incidence of the disease among footballers is about 18 times higher than among the general Italian population. Some 40 former footballers have been diagnosed with ALS in recent years, although it remains unclear what may have caused their illness.

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