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World Health Concerns

  • David W. McCandless
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Abstract

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are 50 million people suffering from epilepsy worldwide. In addition, about 75% or more are living in developing countries, sometimes with suboptimal medical care. It is estimated that 2.4 million new cases occur globally each year, and over half have their fi rst seizure in childhood. Probably 70% of epilepsy patients have a measure of treatment success, allowing many to have essentially normal lives. In third world countries, most epileptics receive no treatment for various reasons, including lack of health care, lack of money, and/or lack of knowledge.

Keywords

Status Epilepticus Cerebral Malaria Epileptic Patient Epilepsy Patient Complex Partial Seizure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David W. McCandless
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  1. 1.The Chicago Medical School Department of Cell Biology and AnatomyRosalind Franklin UniversityChicagoUSA

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