Understanding ALS & SciShow News Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge


SciShow News explains the science behind ALS, the disease that has inspired millions to take the Ice Bucket Challenge. Learn what ALS is, what we do and don’t know about it, and watch SSN hosts take the challenge themselves!

Hosted by: Reid Reimers

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  1. One potential cause is the exposure to aluminum. My cousin’s spouse’s mother and uncle died of ALS. Doctors/researchers felt that it was their exposure to fertilizer while growing up on a farm. It made me think of how my mother developed ALS. In her young adulthood she worked in several factories – one of which made rivets and airplane parts. She also had issues with digestion and frequently took antacids. If veterans from the Persian Gulf have an increased risk of ALS, I wonder if exposure to aluminum was possible.

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