ALS

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WAFB-TV anchor Donna Britt talks about her diagnosis with ALS last week. Britt continues to anchor the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts on channel 9 with Greg Meriwether.


Veteran anchorman George Sells talks about his former co-anchor Donna Britt and her battle with ALS. Sells and Britt were an on-air team at WAFB from 1988 to 2012.


While your Facebook friends douse themselves with buckets of ice-cold water to raise money to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an international team of scientists said they'd taken a small step toward drowning out the deadly disease.

Researchers from the Scripps Research Institute and the Mayo Clinic developed a new drug that combats molecular contributors to ALS, which currently afflicts more than 30,000 Americans.

It's hard to imagine a more devastating diagnosis than ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease. For most people, it means their nervous system is going to deteriorate until their body is completely immobile. That also means they'll lose their ability to speak.

So Carl Moore of Kent, Wash., worked with a speech pathologist to record his own voice to use later — when he can no longer talk on his own.