ALS and life expectancy

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Offline JeanPierreSarti

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ALS and life expectancy
« on: 01/02/2007 18:10:42 »
I read on Wikipedia Steven Hawking was diagnosed with ALS in the 60's I believe. How has he lived to so long? I was under the impression that, sadly, most people diagnosed with ALS die within 5 years. I was just curious. Thank you for any information.

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Offline rosy

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« Reply #1 on: 01/02/2007 21:27:23 »
I believe it is true that Hawking has hugely outlived the normal life expectancy. I have no idea how... I suspect if the doctors knew they'd be applying it to other patients...