For the 65 million people worldwide with epilepsy, progress is unacceptably slow. Children with uncontrollable seizures frequently face a lifetime of challenges including misunderstandings about epilepsy, discrimination, and other epilepsy-related problems. Mortality rates among people with epilepsy are three times the rate of the general population, and sudden death rates are more than twenty times higher.
THE NEED FOR MORE RESEARCH IS CLEAR:
- One in twenty-six Americans will develop epilepsy in their lifetime.
- An estimated 3.4 million Americans and 65 million people worldwide currently live with epilepsy.
- Each year at least 200,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy.
- In approximately 50% of patients diagnosed with epilepsy, the cause is unknown.
- Epilepsy affects more people than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s combined – yet receives fewer federal dollars per patient than each of these.