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acetylcholine 

a chemical in the brain that acts as a neurotransmitter.

action tremor 

a tremor that increases when the hand is moving voluntarily.

activities of daily living (ADLs) 

personal care tasks that are essential for your everyday living; eating, bathing, grooming, dressing, going to the bathroom, brushing your teeth etc. 

advance directives 

documents stating your wishes for your medical care if you should become unable ti make those decisions

agitation 

anxiety or nervous excitement. It can also become disruptive, unsafe, or interfere with the delivery of care

agonist 

a drug that increases neurotransmitter activity by directly stimulating the nerve cell receptors.

amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord which control the movement of muscles

arteriogram (angiogram) 

athetosis 

slow, involuntary movements of the hands and feet.

atrophy 

shrinking or wasting away of tissue

augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)

communicating without speaking. Typically involving a gesture or device

a person who wants to raise awareness and change the future of ALS

medical intitutions around the United States that are certified and funded by The ALS Association. They provide a clinic for ALS patients at this institution. 

ALS Clinics 

appointments held every few months at centers around the United States where a team of medical professionals meet with an ALS patient to monitor progress

aspiration 

when something that goes down your throat ends up in your lungs instead of stomach

amino acids

building blocks used by cells to create proteins

antibody

a type of protein that your immune system produces to defend against harmful tissues

autoimmune disease

a condition in which the immune system mistates your healthy tissues for being harmful. 

autophagy

process in which your body cleans out damaged cells to make room for newer ones

Average Volume Assured Pressure Support (AVAP)

feature on a BiPap machine that measures the amount of air you INHALE. It will then calculate the amount of pressure needed for the patient

axon

protection of a nerve, cell, or neuron