November marks epilepsy awareness month, and Cure Kids are proudly supporting research looking to identify the genes responsible for childhood epilepsies. This work is critical in helping to inform targeted treatments to improve the quality of life for those living with epilepsy. They are hopeful this research will lead to better treatments and ultimately save the lives of several children who pass away each year as a result of epilepsy.
Epilepsy is the most common serious neurological illness of children and young people. An estimated 38,000 New Zealanders live with epilepsy, with 450 children developing the condition every year.
Although these individuals may live relatively normal lives, 1/3 have seizures with major social, psychological, physical and cognitive consequences.