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2009-08-27 06:20:00

Researchers believe they have found a way to avoid certain genetically inherited disorders through a special kind of in vitro fertilization (IVF).  Ethical concerns abound, but experts say that the future of the procedure looks promising. In lab experiments with rhesus macaque monkeys, scientists from the Oregon Health and Science University were recently able to transfer DNA from the nucleus of an unhealthy egg cell into a normal egg cell without a nucleus, ultimately resulting in the...

2009-08-26 13:29:10

U.S. researchers say they have used implanted donor eggs to prevent the inheritance of a class of mitochondrial disorders in non-human primates. Scientists at the Oregon Health Science University in Beaverton, Ore., said they transferred hereditary material from the egg of a primate mother into a donor female's egg from which the hereditary material had been emptied. The resulting eggs were fertilized with donor sperm and implanted in the mothers, producing offspring having mitochondria only...

2009-08-06 10:35:57

The normal aging process has long been linked to problems with cell respiration, the process through which the cells extract energy from nutrients. Researchers at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet have now shown how certain proteins that are synthesized in the cellular mitochondria "“ popularly known as the cells' power plants "“ become unstable and disintegrate, which in turn can impair cell respiration and cause premature aging.Every time we inhale, the blood...

2009-07-28 11:09:46

Repeated stress signals made in cells with metabolism-associated disease encourage the growth of invading bacteriaMitochondrial diseases disrupt the power generating machinery within cells and increase a person's susceptibility to bacterial infection, particularly in the lungs or respiratory tract. A new study published in Disease Models & Mechanisms (DMM), shows that infection with the pneumonia causing bacteria Legionella, is facilitated by an increased amount of a signaling protein...

2009-06-09 05:15:00

Highly Sensitive Genetic Test Provides Early Diagnosis of Mitochondrial Diseases LOS ANGELES, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- MEDomics, LLC (www.medomics.com) announces an innovative test for early diagnosis of mitochondrial diseases, a group of disorders that can result in neurological dysfunction, muscle weakness, gastrointestinal symptoms, migraine headaches, blindness, deafness, and diabetes. The MEDomics mitochondrial genome test, MitoDx(TM), uses the revolutionary NextGen sequencing technology...

2009-05-29 08:07:41

Sensory ataxic neuropathy (SAN) is a recently identified neurological disorder in Golden Retriever dogs with onset during puppyhood. Affected dogs move in an uncoordinated manner and have sensory deficits. Researchers from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala University and the Karolinska Institutet have now revealed that SAN is caused by a mutation in mitochondrial DNA. The study is published May 29 in the open-access journal PLoS Genetics.The researchers were able to...

2009-03-31 08:00:00

NEW YORK, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Greg and Mindy Scheier announced today that they will be hosting OlliePalooza, a benefit for The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, in honor of their four year-old son, Oliver, on April 25, 2009 at Strata in New York City. OlliePalooza will be an evening of fantastic food, drinks, live and silent auctions, and fun that seeks to honor Oliver and the thousands of children affected by mitochondrial disease. The event will be sponsored by JETT Vodka,...

2009-02-12 08:41:24

Scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine have devised a much-needed way to monitor and find treatments for a mysterious and devastating group of metabolic diseases that arise from mutations in cells' fuel-burning mechanism.Mitochondrial disorders can cause organ failure, seizures, stroke-like episodes and premature death. The diseases"”more than three dozen in total"”arise from genetic errors of the mitochondria, the cell structures that process oxygen and turn food...

2008-12-04 14:33:00

SafeMinds Asks, "Is Mercury a Common Factor?" WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two new reports announced last week call into question the safety of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) decade's old policy of routinely administering multiple vaccines concurrently. Mitochondrial Disease in Autism Spectrum Disorder Patients, published last week in PLOS One by investigators from the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Kennedy Krieger Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital...

2008-10-09 12:00:17

To: SPORTS EDITORS Contact: Cliff Gorski of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, +1-412-793-8077, cliff@umdf.org Tampa Bay Rays' Baldelli's Miraculous Comeback an Inspiration To Those Suffering from Mitochondrial Disease PITTSBURGH, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF) is urging baseball fans everywhere to Root for Rocco, Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Rocco Baldelli, as Baldelli and the Rays get ready to face off against the Boston...


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  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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