Latest Lou Gehrig's disease News

Bill to allow physician-assisted suicide sparks discourse

Jan. 29, 2020 7:04 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Opponents of assisted suicide held a press conference Wednesday to reject legislation allowing patients with terminal conditions to request a life-ending substance from a physician. While supporters of the proposal say the choice to end one’s own life is a human right, speakers...

A Congressional Gold Medal is presented to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) advocate and former National Football League (NFL) player, Steve Gleason, in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Washington. Holding the medal is his wife Michel Gleason. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Ex-NFL player Steve Gleason honored by Congress for ALS work

Jan. 15, 2020 7:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former NFL player Steve Gleason has received the Congressional Gold Medal — the highest civilan honor bestowed by Congress — for his work as an advocate for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. “This award represents the...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, file photo, former New Orleans Saints NFL football player Steve Gleason is shown during an interview in New Orleans. Gleason, who become a leading advocate for people struggling with Lou Gehrig's disease after he was diagnosed with the paralyzing condition, will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony on Jan. 15.
President Donald Trump signed legislation last year awarding Gleason the medal, which is the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman, File)

Gleason to receive Congressional Gold Medal Jan. 15

Jan. 3, 2020 3:58 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who became a leading advocate for people struggling with Lou Gehrig's disease after he was diagnosed with the paralyzing condition, will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony on Jan. 15. President Donald Trump signed...

ALS fund launched at UMass Medical School

Dec. 31, 2019 3:27 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The family of a prominent Boston-area physical therapist and co-founder of Christmas in the City, a volunteer-run charity to help homeless children, has launched a new fund at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to support amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, research...

People take the ice bucket challenge during the last

A final fundraiser for man who boosted ice bucket challenge

Dec. 28, 2019 8:05 PM EST

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Hundreds of people plunged into the chilly ocean at a Massachusetts beach on Saturday to honor Peter Frates, the former college baseball player whose battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease helped spread the ALS ice bucket challenge. About 1,000 people showed up for the final...

Report: 34 used Vermont aid-in-dying law over 2 years

Dec. 28, 2019 7:50 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Thirty-four people took advantage of Vermont's aid-in-dying law in the most recent two-year period studied by the state, according to a report released by the Vermont Department of Health . The report, which was submitted to the Legislature this week, covered the two years ending...

Board to consider new conditions for medical marijuana use

Dec. 27, 2019 5:30 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state Medical Board is accepting new petitions through the end of the year from those seeking to add illnesses as qualifying conditions for physicians to recommend medical marijuana to Ohio patients, cleveland.com reported. Once an illness is added to the list of approved...