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BrainWaves #98 ALS and the US military

MedLink Neurology
Podcast is delighted to feature selected episodes from BrainWaves, courtesy of James E Siegler MD, its originator and host. BrainWaves is an academic audio podcast whose mission is to educate medical providers through clinical cases and topical reviews in neurology, medicine, and the humanities, and episodes originally aired from 2016 to 2021.

Originally released: February 22, 2018

Risk factors for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: family history, male sex, and serving in the US military? Dr. Colin Quinn shares his experience working with American veterans and summarizes the evidence for this unusual relationship.

Produced by James E Siegler. Music by Jon Watts, Josh Woodward, Lee Rosevere, Unheard Music Concepts, and The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. Voiceover by Erika Mejia. BrainWaves' podcasts and online content are intended for medical education and entertainment purposes only.


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