DETROIT (WWJ) – Three million people in this country are living with epilepsy. Now there’s a new way to help in their treatment.
One way many people control their seizures is through medication. But with so many different types available – what works for one person may not work for another. That’s were personalized medicine can help reports WWJ health reporter Dr. Deanna Lites.READ MORE: Crime Behind the story: How CBS News analyzed homicide solve rates across the country
Philip Gattone is with the Epilepsy Foundation and says it all starts with a simple blood test.READ MORE: Wayne County Sergeant Searches For Missing Daughter
“So it takes some blood, the doctors at MIT can turn that into a stem cell, and a stem cell is really wonderful because it can take the form of any cell in the body. So they then take the stem cell and turn that into a neuron and then they can do the high throughput screening (HTS) and so they can test all the approved therapies on those neurons.”
Doctors at Harvard and MIT are using it to help patients determine which therapy will work best for them.MORE NEWS: Ex-Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith Set To Turn Himself In To Federal Prison Thursday
If you’d like to learn more about personalized medicine for epilepsy go to epilepsy.com or call 800-332-1000.