What’s mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease?

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Celebrity -

MND is a fa­tal, rapidly pro­gress­ing dis­ease that af­fects the brain and spinal cord. It at­tacks the nerves that con­trol move­ment so mus­cles no longer work prop­erly. Symp­toms of MND in­clude a weak­ened grip, dif­fi­culty lift­ing the

arm, drag­ging of the leg and slurred speech.

It can leave peo­ple locked in a fail­ing body, un­able to move, talk and even­tu­ally breathe. Some ex­pe­ri­ence a rare form of de­men­tia too.

A third of peo­ple with MND die within a year of di­ag­no­sis, more than half within two years.

Six peo­ple per day are di­ag­nosed with MND in the UK. It af­fects up to 5,000 adults and kills six peo­ple per day. There is cur­rently no cure for the dis­ease.


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