Tune in Thursday, Aug. 11, at 6 p.m., for a webcast with Bruce H. Cohen, MD, who will discuss the harmful effects that medications may have on children and adults with mitochondrial disease.
Mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90 percent of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support growth.
The failure of mitochondria can cause children to lose motor control, suffer from pain and weakness, have gastro-intestinal problems, swallowing difficulties, heart problems, liver disease, diabetes, developmental delays and other complications.
"Mitochondrial diseases are different from most diseases," Dr. Cohen said. "We think about most diseases as being organ system specific, like disease affecting the heart or the lungs or the kidneys. But mitochondria are present in all cells of our body, so mitochondrial disease can be present in any organ and organ system."
Mitochondrial disease affects an estimated 1 in 2,000 people.
Watch the webcast at orlive.com/akronchildrens/mitochondrial.
Learn how meds may affect mitochrondrial disease during Aug. 11 #webcast w/ Dr. Bruce Cohen
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