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Epilepsy is a general term for conditions with recurring seizures. There are many kinds of seizures, but all involve abnormal electrical activity in the brain that causes an involuntary change in body movement or function, sensation, awareness, or behavior.


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Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP)
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Projects and Training

  • Law Enforcement/First Responders Training Curriculum A national education and outreach program to educate and train law enforcement and emergency response personnel to increase their recognition of seizures and promote safe and appropriate intervention practices.The law enforcement training curriculum is now available online.

  • The toolkit contains video and other materials developed for parents of teens who have epilepsy

  • Extension of Project UpliftA program for preventing depression in people with epilepsy.

  • Training for Students and Teachers Seizures and You: Take Charge of the Facts. This is an epilepsy awareness program and curriculum designed through a partnership between the Epilepsy Foundation (EF) and the CDC to educate teens and pre-teens ages 11-18.

  • Training for Nurses Managing Students with Seizures: A Training for School Nurses… descriptor… designed to provide school nurses with information, strategies and resources to better manage students with seizures.

  • Managing Epilepsy Well Network (MEW)A network working together to promote epilepsy self-management research and improve the quality of life for people with epilepsy.

  • CDC s Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) WorkFour university PRCs are working with the Managing Epilepsy Well (MEW) network to help people with epilepsy control their disorder and its effects on their life.

Epilepsy Across the Globe:
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The Managing Epilepsy Well Network

Learn about the Managing Epilepsy Well Network - [PDF - 4.79MB] a thematic network of CDC’s Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program, funded by CDC’s Epilepsy Program.

Healthy People 2020 New Epilepsy Objective

Disability and Health Objective DH-6 − Increase the proportion of people with epilepsy and uncontrolled seizures who receive appropriate medical care. Read more about these objectives.

Institute of Medicine Report 
Epilepsy Across the Spectrum. Promoting Health and Understanding.
This IOM report on Epilepsy makes cross-sector recommendations designed to improve the lives of people with Epilepsy and their families.

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