What’s New in Epilepsy

The latest Epilepsy resources, programs, campaigns, and website updates.

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South Carolina Blazes a Trail for Epilepsy Surveillance pdf icon[PDF – 1 MB]
This Success Story describes a ground-breaking CDC-funded project in South Carolina that serves as a model for epilepsy surveillance activities.

CORIDOR is a searchable database of resources such as webinars, model policies, toolkits, fact sheets, and other materials public health practitioners can use in chronic disease prevention and health promotion activities – including for epilepsy.

Loving Someone With Epilepsy
This post on CDC’s Public Health Matters blog is a personal account of a friend of a person with epilepsy.

About one-half of adults with active epilepsy and seizures have annual family incomes under $25,000: The 2010 and 2013 US National Health Interview Surveysexternal icon
A CDC study found that one-half of adults with active epilepsy and seizures have annual family incomes under $25,000. Promoting self-management supports and improved access to specialty care may reduce the burden of uncontrolled seizures in adults with epilepsy.

Recent changes in attitudes of US adults toward people with epilepsy — Results from the 2005 SummerStyles and 2013 FallStyles surveysexternal icon
A CDC study found that adults’ level of personal fear and intention for social avoidance worsened from 2005 to 2013.

MMWR: National and State Estimates of the Numbers of Adults and Children with Active Epilepsy — United States, 2015
A new CDC study found that in 2015, 3.4 million people – about 3 million adults and 470,000 children – had active epilepsy (either under treatment or with recent seizures). For the first time, state prevalence estimates are available for all states and the District of Columbia.

2017 Revised Classification of Seizuresexternal icon
The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) has revised its classification of seizures. The changes will help make diagnosing and classifying seizures more accurate and easier.

Publication: Epilepsy and Self-Reported Positive Mental and Physical Healthexternal icon
The CDC Epilepsy Program analyzed data from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and found that adults with epilepsy history fare significantly worse on mental and physical health compared to adults with other common chronic conditions.

School Health Profiles and Practices Brief: Epilepsy and Seizure Disorder pdf icon[PDF – 2 MB]
This brief highlights epilepsy-related data from the 2014 School Health Profiles survey and shares resources for schools, parents, and communities.

Outcomes from the SC Epilepsy Surveillance Systemexternal icon
Risk Factors of Epilepsy Outcomes: Comorbidities in a Population with Epilepsy Final Report describes outcomes from the South Carolina Epilepsy Surveillance System (SCESS). The SCESS is the only statewide epilepsy surveillance system based on administrative data, coordinated by the Medical University of South Carolina and state agencies, with CDC support (FY02-FY14).

Healthy People 2020 Target Met pdf icon[PDF-423K]
The proportion of people aged 18 years or older with epilepsy and uncontrolled seizures who received appropriate medical care (Healthy People Objective DH-6) increased from 57.7% in 2010 to 65.7% in 2013. This exceeds the 2020 target of 63.5%. For more information, see the full Healthy People 2020 Midcourse Review.

New Program Targets Memory Problems
The Dartmouth College Prevention Research Centerexternal icon used CDC funding to create HOBSCOTCH (HOme Based Self-management and COgnitive Training CHanges lives) – an evidence-based program that improves memory and overall health in adults with epilepsy.