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Notice to Readers: National Epilepsy Month --- November 2001

November is National Epilepsy Month. Epilepsy, a central nervous system disorder characterized by unprovoked recurrent seizures, affects approximately 2.3 million persons in the United States. Of the 181,000 new cases of epilepsy and seizures every year, approximately one third begins during childhood.

Teenagers face challenges as they navigate the physiologic and social changes of their lives and as they try to achieve independence. Teenagers who have epilepsy bear the added burden of the disorder. Seizures can lead to isolation, limit independence, and leave them vulnerable to teasing and ridicule from their peers. To help alleviate this burden, the Epilepsy Foundation and its affiliates, in collaboration with CDC, have launched the "Entitled to Respect" campaign as the focus of this year's National Epilepsy Month activities. During November, the Epilepsy Foundation will begin activities to educate the teenage population about epilepsy and to promote peer understanding and acceptance of teenagers with the disorder.

Additional information about epilepsy or the "Entitled to Respect" campaign is available from the National Epilepsy Foundation, telephone (800) 332-1000 ([800] EFA-1000), or from <http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org>.



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