Motor Neuron Disease (MND) is a term used for a group of neurological disorders that affect neurons (nerves) that control movement. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease is the most common form of Motor Neuron Disease (MND).
The brain uses motor neurons to send messages to muscles that allow us to walk, move our hands and arms, talk, swallow and breathe. In MND, these motor neurons breakdown and die, so muscles are unable to move, causing them to weaken and waste.
Who is affected?
About 300 to 400 people are living with MND in Singapore. It is more common in people aged over 50 years and slightly more common in men than women.
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