Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Can ALS be Stopped?

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a horrible way to die, as Tony Judt has been describing with harrowing detail in the New York Review of Books. Were someone to find a way to stop it, or possibly even to cure it, the world would be a better place.

Some Israeli scientists, entrepreneurs and doctors are trying. Here's hoping.

7 comments:

David Boxenhorn said...

ALS = amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
ASL = American Sign Languge

Geoff said...

What David said. When I first read the headline, I thought to myself, "Is the Deaf community on the march?"

Yaacov said...

Thanx, I've fixed.

This Is Hell said...

I expect Tony Judt to ferociously boycott any cure or treatment derived from the evil fascicst Zionist capitalist imperialists. If he had any integrity at all, he would.

Anonymous said...

This is Hell -

You should not write this way about someone you do not know. We always wish for people to not suffer, even if we disagree with their views.

Nycerbarb

This Is Hell said...

My sense of it, which comes from Torah, is that if you show no mercy you will be shown none. Illness is not an excuse for sociopathy. I don't wish him more ill I simply believe that ethics trumps health.

Anonymous said...

Nycerbarb
leaving Tony Judt aside ...

Do you think reading somebody doesn't get one to know somebody to the same or nearly the same degree as one knows other acquaintances/friends?
and consequently one may feel "entitled" to - no matter how great or good he/she is at his/her craft - to say I don't want to keep that company i.e. go on reading/listening, let myself be influenced by that kind of attitude?

Silke