Akron Children’s is 1 of 4 U.S. sites to study investigational drug for mitochondrial disease

Happily living in New York City and working as a hospital administrator, life couldn’t have been better for 28-yar-old Claire “Missy” Geisler – that is until mitochondrial disease changed everything.

Missy, who is now 49, was diagnosed 10 years ago with mitochondrial myopathy, a common disease in patients with a primary mitochondrial disorder.

Genes may explain higher ACL injuries in girls, according to new research

In a groundbreaking study, Dr. Kerwyn Jones, chairman of orthopedic surgery at Akron Children’s, found genes may explain the higher rates of ACL injuries for female athletes.

African Americans and prematurity: The increased risks many moms face

There are an alarming number of preterm births in the U.S., with more than a half million babies born prematurely (before 37 weeks gestation) each year. And for reasons unknown, African Americans experience the highest rate of prematurity at 17.1 percent.

Children’s hospitals team up to improve quality of childhood cancer and blood disorders care (VIDEO)

When it comes to improving the quality of care for childhood cancer and blood disorders patients, there’s definitely strength in numbers. That’s why Children’s Hospital Association members have been working together on projects that make a difference in the lives of hematology-oncology patients.

Stuffed animals help children cope after surgical procedures

Playtime gives children more than the opportunity to use their imaginations and learn. It also reduces a child’s pain after a surgical procedure, according to recent research.

Generic drugs provide low-cost alternative for budget-conscious consumers (Video)

As healthcare costs continue to rise, generic drugs have become increasingly popular among consumers. Their relatively low cost and FDA approval make them an economical and effective alternative to their brand name equivalents. Much of these cost savings are the result of reduced study requirements for generic drugs.