Mitochondrial encephalomyopathy lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes

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Mitochondrial encephalomyopathy lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes, MELAS

Mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes (MELAS) affects many parts of the body, particularly the brain and nervous system (encephalo-) and muscles (myopathy). Symptoms typically begin in childhood and may include muscle weakness and pain, recurrent headaches, loss of appetite, vomiting, and seizures. Most affected individuals experience stroke-like episodes beginning before age 40. People with MELAS can also have a buildup of lactic acid in their bodies that can lead to vomiting, abdominal pain, fatigue, muscle weakness, and difficulty breathing. The genes associated with MELAS are located in mitochondrial DNA and therefore follow a maternal inheritance pattern (also called mitochondrial inheritance). MELAS can be inherited from the mother only, because only females pass mitochondrial DNA to their children. In some cases, MELAS results from a new mutation that was not inherited from a person's mother.
 

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CNS Foundation

CNS Foundation's Mission is Three-fold: - Expedite scientific research to find treatments and cures for the more than 14 million children living with some form of neurological disorder - Provide families and health care professionals with up-to-date information and resources on the latest discoveries in pediatric neurology - Educate the public, and public officials, on the critical importance of funding pediatric neurological disorder research

Last Updated: 12 Oct 2013

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MitoAction

MitoAction's mission is to improve the quality of life for everyone affected by mitochondrial disease through support, education, outreach, and advocacy initiatives.

Last Updated: 4 Mar 2013

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Muscular Dystrophy Association

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

Last Updated: 8 Mar 2010

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United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation strives to promote research and education for the diagnosis, treatment and cures of mitochondrial disorders and to provide support to affected individuals and families.

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2013

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Following organizations serve the condition "Mitochondrial encephalomyopathy lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes" for support, advocacy or research.

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CNS Foundation

CNS Foundation's Mission is Three-fold: - Expedite scientific research to find treatments and cures for the more than 14 million children living with some form of neurological disorder - Provide families and health care professionals with up-to-date information and resources on the latest discoveries in pediatric neurology - Educate the public, and public officials, on the critical importance of funding pediatric neurological disorder research

http://www.cnsfoundation.org

Last Updated: 12 Oct 2013

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MitoAction

MitoAction's mission is to improve the quality of life for everyone affected by mitochondrial disease through support, education, outreach, and advocacy initiatives.

http://www.mitoaction.org/

Last Updated: 4 Mar 2013

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Muscular Dystrophy Association

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

http://www.mdausa.org

Last Updated: 8 Mar 2010

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United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation strives to promote research and education for the diagnosis, treatment and cures of mitochondrial disorders and to provide support to affected individuals and families.

http://www.umdf.org

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2013

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General Resources

UMDF National Resource Guide

The UMDF Mitochondrial Resource Guide is available Online! It represents many hours of searching for the best information and resources to help you care for yourself and/or your family member affected by a mitochondrial disease.

Updated 29 Oct 2012

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