Reynolds T. Epilepsy Treatment Enters a New Era. Ann Intern Med. 1998;128:702-703. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-128-8-199804150-00039
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1998;128(8):702-703.
In December 1997, at the end of a year during which great advances were made in treatment for epilepsy, researchers shared the latest results of their efforts to develop treatment innovations at the annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society in Boston.
About 1% of all Americans-2 500 000 people-have some form of epilepsy, and about 125 000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Existing treatments, mostly anticonvulsant drugs that have been used for decades, can fully or partially control seizures in about 85% of patients, according to the Epilepsy Foundation of America. However, 25% to 50% of patients still have breakthrough seizures or debilitating side effects. The foundation also says that 20% to 30% of patients with epilepsy are unemployed despite physical ability to work, and many others are underemployed. This adds up to a major public health problem and highlights the need for more effective, less toxic therapies. To add further complications, treatment differs under different circumstances, such as seizures during alcohol withdrawal.
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