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News pertaining to mitochondrial disease
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine Mononitrate) and Leighs disease
Vitamin B1, which a vitamin found in food and used as a dietary supplement. As a supplement, it is used to treat and prevent thiamine deficiency and disorders that result from it, including beriberi, Korsakoffs syndrome, and Korsakoffs psychosis. Other uses include maple syrup urine disease and Leighs disease. More information can be found here.
An existing drug may have therapeutic potential in mitochondrial disease
Marni J. Falk, MD, at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and colleagues have been systematically evaluating a variety of drug candidates in search of possible treatments for mitochondrial RC disease. They recently found, for instance, that an antioxidant called NAC (short for N-acetylcysteine) showed encouraging preclinical resultsin animal studies. Because cysteamine bitartrate, currently approved by the FDA to treat a rare kidney disorder called nephropathic cystinosis, was thought to act on biological pathways similarly to NAC, Falk's team performed their current preclinical research study.
The study team published its findings Jan. 22, 2019 in Human Molecular Genetics.More information can be found here.
Newfoundland child with incurable disease living life filled with love, family and friends
Olivia Reardon was diagnosed with Pearson syndrome which is a mitochondrial disease which causes anemia and multiple system failures. Her family was told she would probably not make it till her 4th birthday. Family and Community Support has helped her along in her painful journey. Olivia will be 11 years old this coming September. More information on Olivia can be found here.