Motor neuron diseases (MND), also known as motor neurone diseases, encompass a group of neurological disorders that impair motor neurons. These neurons are nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord responsible for controlling voluntary muscle activities such as walking, speaking, breathing, and swallowing. Motor neurons play a crucial role as they transmit signals from the brain to muscles, initiating movement. When affected by motor neuron disease, these neurons malfunction, leading to progressive muscle weakness and a decline in essential functions like movement, speech, swallowing, and eventually breathing. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is the most prominent and studied type of motor neuron disease. This patient education book simplifies the understanding of motor neuron diseases. It begins with a general introduction, followed by a detailed discussion of the different types of motor neuron diseases. The series also explores the symptoms, underlying causes, and risk factors associated with these conditions. Subsequent sections provide information on diagnosing and treating motor neuron diseases. While primarily aimed at patients, their families, and caregivers, this series is also a valuable resource for researchers, particularly those in the early stages of their careers, who are interested in this field.

Motor Neuron Diseases: Patient Education
ISBN: 978-0-6458663-1-5; Exon Publications, Brisbane, Australia


Published: 2024-04-18