Roughly 1 in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy at some point in life – more than will have autism, AIDS or Parkinson’s Disease. There are more treatment options, more awareness, less stigma and a better understanding of epilepsy than there has ever been. But still, available medications can’t control seizures in about one-third of patients, surgeries come with high risks, and it’s not clear what causes the brain’s electrical system to go haywire.
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