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Mitochondrial Disease News


A glimmer of hope: Virginia Tech researcher creates cell lines to help treat mitochondrial diseases in children

The mitochondrion has garnered quite the reputation for its role as the “powerhouse of the cell.” These tiny, but mighty organelles play various life-sustaining roles, from powering our own...


17-year-old Akron girl named ‘Erie County Citizen of the Month’ after raising over $15,000 for OCH

AKRON, N.Y. (WKBW) — 17-year-old Annie Leeds of Akron was named Erie County’s Citizen of the Month after she helped raise over $15,000 for Oishei Children’s Hospital by donating...


Mother pays tribute to 11-year-old Winder boy who died from rare mitochondrial disease

Camden “SuperCam” Fortner, 11, of Winder, died June 14 as the result of complications from Pearson syndrome, an extremely rare mitochondrial disease that carries a short life expectancy. A...


The Importance of Seeing a PCP When You Have a Rare Disease

I met my new primary care physician (PCP) on a frigid winter morning. I sat in the waiting room clutching my partner’s hand, a file folder spread open on...


Get Ready for NORD’s Patient and Family Forum, Set for June 26-27

The Living Rare, Living Stronger NORD Patient and Family Forum featuring the Rare Impact Awards will be a truly patient-centric event. Through it all, we will maintain our objectives:...


National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) Announces Kay Holcombe as New Board Chair and Dennis Jackman as New Member of its Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD®) announced that during a recent Board of Directors meeting, Kay Holcombe was elected as Chair and Dennis Jackman joined as a new...


Nutritionist explains relationship between processed foods and diseases

(CNN) – As a nutritionist, I am aware of many debates in the world of nutrition about the foods that keep us healthy and the foods that actually cause illness....


Muscle Weakness Tied to Poor Mitochondria Function

Poorly working mitochondria — small energy-producing cell compartments — may drive muscle weakness or wasting in a new mouse model of porphyria, a study suggests. “In some cases, muscle atrophy...


[Science Solitaire] Why each of us got more from Mom than we did from Dad

‘n terms of DNA, you have to know that you got more DNA from your mother than from your father – all of us did’   Each of us...


New research leads to understanding of why mutations in a gene leads to mitochondrial disease

Monash University researchers have uncovered for the first time the reason mutations in a particular gene lead to mitochondrial disease. The finding, published in PNAS journal and led by Professor Mike Ryan from...