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One out of every five doctors treating people with ALS, an incurable disease that disrupts the nervous system and disables muscles, has been asked by a patient to remove breathing equipment, according to a study by Kitasato University.

The study found that 284 out of around 1,500 doctors had such an experience with patients suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive disorder of the nervous system. Nine said there have been cases in which they granted the request, but most said they refused because they believe it would constitute murder.

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