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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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  • "My Seizures Know More"
    A web tool for managing your seizures and epilepsy.
    Learn more.
  • The Managing Epilepsy Well Network
    Learn about the Managing Epilepsy Well (MEW) Network, a thematic network of CDC’s Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program, funded by CDC’s Epilepsy Program.
    Read the PDF - [4.79MB]
  • New Healthy People 2020 Epilepsy Objective
    The Epilepsy Objective is Disability and Health Objective DH-6: Increase the proportion of people with epilepsy and uncontrolled seizures who receive appropriate medical care.
    Learn more.
  • Institute of Medicine Report: Epilepsy Across the Spectrum
    This IOM report on Epilepsy makes cross-sector recommendations designed to improve the lives of people with Epilepsy and their families by promoting health and public understanding.
    Read the report.
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