Scientists find promise in purified marijuana molecule for pediatric epilepsy treatment

January 22, 2015 6:07 PM

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Scientists find promise in purified marijuana molecule for pediatric epilepsy treatment

Izaiah Ruiz, of Conroe, Tex., was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, a rare form of pediatric epilepsy, when he was 7 months old. The Dravet Syndrome Foundation estimates that anywhere from 1 in 20 to 1 in 40,000 children have the condition. Causing hundreds of seizures a day, it is commonly misdiagnosed. (Photo courtesy Lori Fountain)

Six-year-old Izaiah Ruiz has countless seizures a day due to a rare form of pediatric epilepsy. Now, a marijuana-derived drug may help him— and his family— avoid the debilitating attacks.

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