Epilepsy, A Silent Public Health Burden Additional Information

The Institute of Medicine has released a national report on the public health burden of epilepsy.

Dr. Corey Goldsmith runs the epilepsy clinic at Ben Taub Hospital. She says most patients can be helped by medication, but minorities of patients struggle to live a normal life:

“Some patients who have very frequent seizures are afraid to leave their house ‘cause they don’t know what’s going to happen if they have a seizure in a public place. I’ve heard multiple stories of patients who have been robbed while they’re having a seizure or afterwards when they’re confused and unable to defend themselves. So it’s a depressing situation.”

The report says people with epilepsy can be highly functional, but still have trouble staying employed. Public ignorance about the disease continues even though treatments have advanced.

For the entire story, visit Epilepsy, A Silent Public Health Burden.

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Carrie Feibel

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Carrie Feibel is KUHF's health and science reporter. She comes to Houston Public Radio after ten years as a print reporter...