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Latest Mitochondrial disease Stories

Study Sheds Light On Treatment For Parkinson's Disease
2013-11-25 07:02:43

NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Scientists at the National Institutes of Health have used RNA interference (RNAi) technology to reveal dozens of genes which may represent new therapeutic targets for treating Parkinson's disease. The findings also may be relevant to several diseases caused by damage to mitochondria, the biological power plants found in cells throughout the body. "We discovered a network of genes that may regulate the disposal of dysfunctional...

2013-11-04 00:21:27

First patient enrolled to evaluate efficacy in rare Friedreich's ataxia genotype MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. and TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Edison Pharmaceuticals, the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) and the University of South Florida (USF) today announced the initiation of a phase 2 study entitled, "Phase 2A Clinical Trial of EPI-743 on Visual Function in Friedreich's Ataxia Patients with Point Mutations." Given the rarity of the...

2013-10-07 09:16:29

Study reverses understanding of heart cell development Mitochondria are the power plants of cells, manufacturing chemical fuel so a cell can perform its many tasks. These cellular power plants also are well known for their role in ridding the body of old or damaged cells. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Padua-Dulbecco Telethon Institute in Italy have shown that mitochondria remarkably also orchestrate events that determine...

2013-09-24 12:28:16

FDA allows novel approach to study children with inborn errors of energy metabolism MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Edison Pharmaceuticals announced today initiation of a phase 2 clinical trial titled "Therapeutic Trial of EPI-743 in Patients with Disorders of Energy Utilization or Oxidation-Reduction." The trial is a double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study in which subjects will receive either EPI-743 treatment or placebo for six months. They will...

2013-09-23 12:26:46

Presentation by Seahorse Bioscience CEO, Jay Teich at MipTec 2013 BILLERICA, Mass., Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In an invited talk at Europe's 2013 MipTec Conference and Exhibition, Seahorse Bioscience Chief Executive Officer, Jay Teich, will discuss the factors that enabled Seahorse to maintain steady growth while the market for life sciences tools declined in 2012. Mr. Teich's presentation, 'Growing in a World of Budget Constraints,' will address the challenging markets faced...

2013-09-16 23:25:45

UMDF Members raise awareness for disease with events around the nation including a Congressional Briefing. Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) September 16, 2013 We all have mitochondria. They are the powerhouse of our cells. Our mitochondria provide the energy to help us walk, talk, hear, see, and breathe. Mitochondrial disease occurs when these tiny power plants fail, shutting down the body’s ability to sustain life and support growth on a cellular level. Every 30 minutes, a child is born with...

2013-09-03 10:13:25

The mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell, converting energy into usable forms. When a child is born with a gene defect that results in dysfunctional mitochondria, the results can be devastating, causing physical and cognitive disability and often death. Using genome-wide sequencing along with personalized functional genomics, researchers led by those at Baylor College of Medicine have identified mutations in a gene called FBXL4 revealing it as a novel cause of primary mitochondrial...

2013-08-17 23:03:38

Family traveling 3,000 miles to attend inspiring, uplifting event that raises awareness about mitochondrial disease. BOSTON, MA (PRWEB) August 17, 2013 Becky Allen is in her third year as captain of Team Emma for the MitoAction Energy Walk & 5K. She started the team in honor of her niece, Emma Ryan. This year, for the first time, Emma, her sister Alexandra, and their mom, Melissa, will be traveling almost 3,000 miles from Santa Clarita, CA to participate in the Boston walk in person....

2013-08-12 14:10:30

Researchers have discovered how genetic mutations linked to Parkinson's disease might play a key role in the death of brain cells, potentially paving the way for the development of more effective drug treatments. In the new study, published in Nature Neuroscience, a team of researchers from UCL, the University of Cambridge and the University of Sheffield showed how defects in the Parkinson's gene Fbxo7 cause problems with 'mitaphagy' – an essential process through which our bodies are...

2013-07-30 23:32:38

Rentapen Inc. and FundCrowd Benefits teamed up to raise money for a Waukesha man as he battles Mitochondrial Disease. Waukesha, WI (PRWEB) July 30, 2013 On July 27, 2013 there was a Charity Co-Ed (3 girls and 3 guys) Volleyball Tournament held at Sunset Bowl Entertainment Center. There were over 30 people in attendance and the charity helped raise roughly $400.00. All of the events were open to the public and all donations and profits raised have gone directly to the “Supporting Jeremy...