There are approximately 6,800 conditions classified as rare diseases, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A disease is considered rare if it is believed to affect fewer than 200,000 people. That number alone may not seem high but when considered together, rare diseases affect nearly 30 million Americans or almost 1 in 10 people, and there are certain challenges that are shared by these patients and their families. In this one-hour special we will meet patients who are dealing with Gaucher Disease, MPS II, Chronic Granuomatous Disease and Hypoparathyroidism, and the physicians who work closely with them to help manage life with these rare but often debilitating diseases.
Our goal is to guide viewers along the path to a long healthy life. The science of medicine will come to life through colorful 3D animation and crisp high definition video. Everyday people tell extraordinary stories of triumph and survival in an upbeat, positive format.
Experts will highlight the life-changing benefits of adopting a healthy lifestyle as a way of preventing disease and promoting health and wellness choices that can keep viewers active and vital from early adulthood onward.
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