Drug could slow ALS muscle weakening

BALTIMORE, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A drug used to treat symptoms of epilepsy could slow muscle weakening in patients with Lou Gehrig's disease, scientists in Baltimore said.

Smoking Lou Gehrig's disease risk factor

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Smoking may now be considered an established risk factor for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, U.S. researchers said.

Three genes liked to Lou Gehrig's disease

HOUGHTON, Mich., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Michigan Technological University researchers say they have linked three genes to the most common type of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Man says he killed wife to end suffering

PORTLAND, Ore., July 15 (UPI) -- A man testified in his murder trial in Multnomah County, Ore., he fatally shot his wife because she was suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease.

MLB: N.Y. Yankees 6, Toronto 5 (12 inn.)

NEW YORK, July 4 (UPI) -- Jorge Posada's second hit Saturday, a 12th-inning RBI single, helped the New York Yankees edge Toronto 6-5.

ALS study focuses on metal interaction

SAN ANTONIO, May 27 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University of Texas have identified an abnormality in molecules they believe is responsible for one form of Lou Gehrig's disease.

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.
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Lou Gehrig
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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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