DATE: 26 March 2015
Epilepsy is a group of neurological disorders characterised by seizures that can be brief and almost undetectable to long periods of vigorous shaking.
- Approximately 65 million (one percent) of people worldwide have epilepsy.
- Nearly 80 percent of people with epilepsy live in developing countries.
- Over 100 000 Australians have epilepsy.
- Epilepsy cannot usually be cured, but medication can control seizures effectively in about 70% of cases.
Estimate of cases controllable with medication: Eadie, MJ (December 2012). "Shortcomings in the current treatment of epilepsy.". Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics 12 (12): 1419–27.
"Epilepsy". Fact Sheets. World Health Organization. October 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
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