Canada Indigenous population at double risk for epilepsy

SASKATOON-University of Saskatchewan researchers have discovered that the incidence of epilepsy in the Canadian Indigenous population is twice that of non-Indigenous Canadians.

In a study published in Seizure: European Journal of Epilepsy, a team of epidemiologists and neurologists led by Dr. Jose Téllez-Zenteno has established for the first time a Canadian national incidence rate of 62 new cases of epilepsy per 100,000 people per year. For self-identified First Nations patients, the rate is 122 per 100,000.

"We don't have the exact reason for the difference in rate," Téllez-Zenteno said. "Som...

 
 
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