Has medical science really advanced? Why is there no cure for these diseases yet?
The medical science has advanced greatly but until now, the scientists and doctors have failed to discover a reliable cure for these common, yet mysterious diseases listed below. These illnesses hamper the lives of the affected individuals and prevent them from leading a normal, happy life. Check out the list of these incurable diseases and the mystery behind each of them that is yet to be unravelled.
1 Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly referred to as the motor neuron disease or the Lou Gehrig’s disease, has no known cure. In 90-95% of the cases, no clear cause has been identified. ALS is characterized by progressive degeneration and eventual death of the neurons in the brain and spinal cord leading to the brain’s inability to control muscle movement. Persons with ALS suffer from muscle twitching, stiff muscles and other similar problems caused by muscle wasting. Eventually the patient finds it difficult to execute simple tasks like swallowing, chewing and may become bedridden.
The first symptoms usually appear in people between the ages of 40 and 50. After the onset of the ailment, the life expectancy of the patient averages about 3-4 years. There is no known cure, but the damage may be delayed with the help of Riluzole tablets. In the United States, the incidence of ALS is 2 per 100,000 individuals each year. The renowned scientist and physicist Stephen Hawking has been living with ALS for the past half a century. Although he is now completely confined to the wheelchair, he remains one of world’s greatest physicists and scientists.