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Notice to Readers: National Epilepsy Awareness Month ---- November 2004

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Epilepsy affects approximately 2.5 million persons in the United States and is characterized by unprovoked seizures. Persons with epilepsy often face physical and cognitive side effects of both seizures and treatment, social stigma, lost productivity, and decreased quality of life. The impact on children is especially burdensome as they transition from childhood to adulthood. Outside the medical community, epilepsy is a poorly understood condition, even among families and friends of affected persons.

To improve social acceptance and understanding of this disorder and to increase support for those with it, the Epilepsy Foundation (EF), in partnership with CDC, is enhancing its Entitled to Respect campaign. During November, the campaign will expand last year's focus on educating black youth, an underserved segment of the community, by providing outreach to black women of childbearing age and by building new partnerships and improving services to affected children, adults, and families in the black community. Additional information about epilepsy and the campaign is available from EF, telephone 800-332-1000 or at .

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