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Statistics for Eight Neurological Diseases in the U.S.
The FINDcures Challenge
If you or a loved one is struggling with the effects of a neurological disease, you are not alone.
Consider the following:
A United Nations report in 2007 found that nearly 1 in 6 of the world’s population suffer from neurological diseases – Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Stroke, MS, ALS, Epilepsy, Autism, Concussion and Depression. Some 6.8 million people die from these diseases each year!
In the Alzheimer’s Association 2012 Annual Report, it was estimated that 5.4 million people in the U.S. have the disease and that by 2050 an estimated 11 to 16 million Americans will suffer from it, with a new case appearing every 33 seconds! In the U.S., the Alzheimer’s Association estimated that providing care for Alzheimer’s patients costs over $200 billion per year, as of 2012. If present trends continue, the cost is projected to grow to $1.1 trillion per year by 2050.
Autism Society reports that 3.5 million Americans (1 in 68 children) are affected by the disease. In his 2006 study “The Costs of Autism”, Michael Ganz, Assistant Professor of Society, Human Development, and Health at Harvard University estimated its economic cost to the U.S. is $35 billion per year, including the direct costs of care and the indirect costs of lost productivity for the affected individuals and for their caregivers.
Concussion/TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)
In 2010, about 2.5 million emergency room visits, hospitalizations or deaths were associated with concussion in the U.S. Concussion contributed to the deaths of more than 50,000 Americans in that year alone. The estimated economic cost of concussion, including direct and indirect medical costs, is estimated to be approximately $76.5 billion per year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.9 million people in the US suffer with active epilepsy. Each year, 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with epilepsy. Over a lifetime, 1 in 26 people will be diagnosed with Epilepsy. In the U.S., $15.5 billion annually is spent on caring for and treating epilepsy patients.
In 2014, it was estimated that 10% of Americans were affected by depression. That equates to 31.9 million people. Fourteen years earlier, in 2000, it was estimated that the economic burden of depression in the United States was $83.1 billion per year.
Multiple Sclerosis & ALS
The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation reports that in the U.S., more than 400,000 people have MS. In the U.S., about 200 new cases are diagnosed each week. There are estimated to be 30,000 people with ALS in the U.S. Every day 15 people are newly diagnosed with ALS. The estimated indirect and direct cost of MS alone is over $20 billion annually.
The American Parkinson’s Disease Association estimates that there are about 1 million Americans suffering from Parkinson’s and 5000 are diagnosed each month in the U.S. The National Center for Biotechnology Information estimates that in the U.S., Parkinson’s has an economic cost of $14.1 billion per year.
According to the American Stroke Association, each year 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke in the U.S. That’s one every 40 seconds. On average, every 4 minutes someone dies of stroke. It is the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S., killing almost 129,000 people each year. Stroke costs the U.S. an estimated $34 billion each year. This total includes the cost of healthcare services, medications to treat stroke, and missed days of work. Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability.