Sidebar: Mitochondrial Diseases – A Short Primer

  Until relatively recently, mitochondrial disorders were considered to be obscure, exceptionally rare diseases affecting perhaps one or two per million of the population. Only a limited number of centers throughout the world had clinical and laboratory expertise in mitochondrial medicine, and a general lack of awareness of mitochondrial disease by non-specialist physicians left many […]

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Justina Pelletier Case Emblematic of Difficulties Faced by Children with Rare Diseases

According to a contemporary Continuing Education course for nurses: Philip Patrick was born prematurely with multiple birth defects, including malrotation of the bowels and craniosynostosis. For the first ten months of his life he failed to thrive and endured repeated surgeries and hospitalizations in four different cities. Doctors at Vanderbilt Hospital treated him for multiple […]

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Will the Real Judge Joseph Johnston Please Stand Up

Summary: The recent ruling by judge Joseph Johnston in the Pelletier case has generated a great deal of controversy. I begin with a brief recap of the more recent developments in the case, and continue on to explore appeals arising from judge Johnston’s juvenile court proceedings. A number of judge Johnston’s rulings contain troubling irregularities […]

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