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SleepMed Inc. - Seizures & EEG - Seizure/Epilepsy Statistics

Over 40 syndromes exist that affect 2,700,000 Americans
10% of Americans will have a seizure in their lifetime
3% of Americans will develop epilepsy by age 75
Incidence is highest under the age of 2 and over the age of 65
Males are slightly more likely than females to develop epilepsy
In 70% of new cases, no cause is apparent
Of new cases of epilepsy, 50% will have generalized onset seizures with others having partial seizures
70% of those with epilepsy on medications are seizure-free for 5 or more years.
Epilepsy affects more than 570,000 Americans, aged 65 and above
Epilepsy carries an estimated annual cost of $15.5 billion in associated health care costs and losses in employment, wages and productivity
Approximately 300,000 people have their first event each year
Approximately 45,000 children under the age of 15 develop epilepsy each year
Epilepsy can exist with other disability groups, such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome, and mental retardation

Researchers are working to identify genes that influence epilepsy that will lead to improved drug and surgical therapies

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