Prevalence of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — United States, 2014

Affiliates Paul Mehta [1]; Wendy Kaye [1]; Jaime Raymond [1]; Ruoming Wu [1], Theodore Larson [1], Reshma Punjani [1]; Daniel Heller [1], Jessica Cohen [1], Tracy Peters [1], Oleg Muravov [1]; Kevin Horton [1]


[1] Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Division of Toxicology and Human Health Services

Journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Summary This report presents National ALS Registry findings regarding ALS prevalence for the period January 1-December 31, 2014. This also includes Medicare hospice data and ALS prevalence rates by Census region. ALS prevalence did not change from 2013, remaining at 5.0 cases per 100,000 persons in 2014. The establishment of the National ALS Registry and the National ALS Biorepository fills and important scientific gap by providing estimates of prevalence of the disease and facilitates further study of risk factors and etiology.
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