New ALS gene mutation is discovered

BOSTON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A U.S.-led team of scientists says it has discovered a new gene mutation, ALS6, that might lead to new treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Spinal fluid proteins may be ALS marker

HERSHEY, Pa., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say high levels of certain spinal fluid proteins may signal the onset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Ex-heavyweight contender LeDoux has ALS

ANOKA, Minn., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Former heavyweight championship contender Scott LeDoux of Minnesota has been diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

Ravens' ailing Brigance gets game ball

BALTIMORE, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The game ball from the Baltimore Ravens' AFC playoff win over Tennessee last weekend when to its ailing director of player development, players said.

New ALS research findings are reported

BALTIMORE, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've found transplanting a new line of stem cell-like cells in rat models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis can help sustain breathing.

FDA: Statins don't increase ALS risk

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it has determined statins do not increase the incidence of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Vikings great Wally Hilgenberg dies

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Wally Hilgenberg has died after a two-year battle with ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 66 years old.

MLB: Chicago WSox 6, N.Y. Yankees 2

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Gavin Floyd worked seven innings and Juan Uribe had three hits and two RBI Tuesday, carrying the Chicago White Sox to a 6-2 win over the New York Yankees.

Jeter has most Yankeee Stadium hits

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Derek Jeter passed Lou Gehrig Tuesday for most career hits at Yankee Stadium.

MLB: N.Y. Yankees 8, Tampa Bay 4

NEW YORK, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Alex Rodriguez's first-inning grand slam Sunday keyed the New York Yankees' 8-4 win over Tampa Bay.

Trying to link Gulf War vet ALS, location

DURHAM, N.C., July 22 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers are trying to link a location or environmental exposure to 1991 Gulf War veterans with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease.

Human cord blood may help ALS patients

TAMPA, Fla., June 27 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they have slowed the progress of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease in mice, using cells from umbilical cord blood.
MLB: Boston 7, N.Y. Yankees 5

MLB: Boston 7, N.Y. Yankees 5

NEW YORK, April 17 (UPI) -- Manny Ramirez homered in consecutive innings Thursday and Josh Beckett lasted eight frames to bring the Boston Red Sox a 7-5 win over the New York Yankees.
Auction: DiMaggio's jersey, Jackson's bat

Auction: DiMaggio's jersey, Jackson's bat

NEW YORK, April 7 (UPI) -- New York auction house Sotheby's says a uniform worn by Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio during his 1936 rookie season will be among items auctioned this month.

Scientists offer hope to ALS sufferers

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Scientists in San Diego have found a way to slow the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in mice, offering hope to those with Lou Gehrig's disease.
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Lou Gehrig
NYP2000100305- 03 OCTOBER 2000- NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: Actress Molly Ringwald attends the October 2 New York gala Tomorrow Is Tonight to support research for Lou Gehrig diease. rw/ep/Ezio Petersen UPI

Henry Louis "Lou" Gehrig (June 19, 1903 – June 2, 1941), nicknamed "The Iron Horse" for his durability, was an American Major League Baseball first baseman. He played his entire 17-year baseball career for the New York Yankees (1923–1939). Gehrig set several major league records. He holds the record for most career grand slams (23). Gehrig is chiefly remembered for his prowess as a hitter, his consecutive games-played record and its subsequent longevity, and the pathos of his farewell from baseball at age 36, when he was stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Gehrig was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939. In 1969 he was voted the greatest first baseman of all time by the Baseball Writers' Association, and was the leading vote-getter on the Major League Baseball All-Century Team, chosen by fans in 1999.

A native of New York City, he played for the New York Yankees until his career was cut short by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), now commonly known in the United States and Canada as Lou Gehrig's disease. Over a 15-season span from 1925 through 1939, he played in 2,130 consecutive games, the streak ending only when Gehrig became disabled by the fatal neuromuscular disease that claimed his life two years later. His streak, long considered one of baseball's few unbreakable records, stood for 56 years, until finally broken by Cal Ripken, Jr., of the Baltimore Orioles on September 6, 1995.

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