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CDC’s Dr. John Iskander interviews ALS patient Becky Kidd in new Beyond the Data video. http://bit.ly/2orQFGp

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New Beyond the Data video: CDC’s Dr. John Iskander and Dr. Paul Mehta discuss what is known about ALS. http://bit.ly/2oEQtzB

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ALS continues to be more common in whites, males, and people between the ages of 60-69. If you missed this week’s CDC Public Health Grand Rounds on ALS, watch the video and earn free continuing education. http://bit.ly/2p01cWk

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“I was able to share my expertise gained from working in a CDC laboratory to support this effort,” says CDC responder Panayotta Delinois. For three weeks in September 2016, Delinois worked in a Florida laboratory performing a job that is critical for CDC’s response to Zika. Delinois stepped in to make sure that standard operating procedures were clearly understood and followed. Read more about her work on the Zika response. http://bit.ly/2oZn83P
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Are you a scientist with a doctoral-level degree in a laboratory discipline with a minimum of 2 years post-graduate laboratory experience? Are you looking for a new challenge? CDC’s Laboratory Leadership Service (LLS) is accepting applications for the Class of 2018 thru July 17. Apply today for the chance to become a public health laboratory leader! www.cdc.gov/lls
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Today at 1pm ET watch CDC Public Health Grand Rounds live on Facebook. Our speaker, Ed Tessaro, explains what it’s like to live with ALS, and other experts discuss the impact and challenges of ALS. http://bit.ly/2nE9UMF
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The National ALS Registry was created in 2010 to help scientists learn more about who gets ALS and what causes it. People with ALS can join the registry and help researchers understand possible risk factors for the disease. Watch our next CDC Public Health Grand Rounds live on Facebook, Tuesday, April 18, at 1pm ET. http://bit.ly/2nE9UMF
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Did you know approximately 80% of people with ALS die within 2-5 years of diagnosis? ALS, sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a rapidly progressive, fatal neurological disease caused by degeneration of motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. Join us for the next session of CDC Public Health Grand Rounds live on Facebook, April 18, at 1pm ET. http://bit.ly/2nE9UMF
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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a rapidly progressive, fatal neurological disease caused by degeneration of motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. Researchers don’t know what causes ALS and there is no cure. Approximately 80% of people with ALS die within 2-5 years of diagnosis.

What is known is that ALS continues to be more common in whites, males, and people between the ages of 60-69. US military veterans are disproportionately affected. For example, veterans who served in the first Gulf War were twice as likely to develop ALS as those not deployed to the Gulf War.

The National ALS Registry was created in 2010 to help scientists learn more about who gets ALS and what causes it. People with ALS can join the registry and complete brief surveys that help researchers understand possible risk factors for the disease, such as genetics, environmental, and occupational exposures. They also can choose to be alerted about research studies and clinical trials and have the option to contact the researchers to find out more.

Join us for this session of Public Health Grand Rounds as experts discuss the challenges for research, drug development, patient care, and the past, present, and future of the national registry.  Hear our panelist, Ed Tessaro, explain what it’s like to live with ALS.

Presented By:

Kevin Horton DrPH, MSPH
Chief, Environmental Health and Surveillance Branch
Division of Toxicology and Human Health Sciences
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Paul Mehta, MD
Principal Investigator, National ALS Registry
Environmental Health and Surveillance Branch
Division of Toxicology and Human Health Sciences
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Edward J. Kasarskis, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology
Cynthia Shaw Crispen Chair for ALS Research
University of Kentucky, Lexington

Ed Tessaro, BA
Person Living with ALS

Watch the webcast live on CDC’s Facebook page on Tuesday, April 18, at 1pm ET. If you are unable to attend, send your questions to grandrounds@cdc.gov.

For more information on CDC Public Health Grand Rounds, visit http://1.usa.gov/1rzB4JL.

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Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause brain abnormalities and other birth defects in babies. Nearly 1,000 women with possible Zika who completed their pregnancy in 2016 were reported to the US Zika Pregnancy Registry. Most cases were travel-associated. Learn more about what the federal government is doing to help in the latest Vital Signs. http://bit.ly/2mFXbXO
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