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- CDC is actively investigating an increase in the number of people, mostly children, with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a rare but serious condition that causes sudden arm or leg weakness.
- CDC has recently updated the interim AFM clinical management considerations based on input from experts.
- To help the AFM investigation, healthcare providers should send information Cdc-pdf[PDF-443KB] about suspected cases to their state or local health department, regardless of any laboratory or MRI results.
- About 1 in 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy at some time during their life.
- Adults with recent seizures report 18 overall unhealthy days per month compared with 6 days for adults without seizures.
- Epilepsy Across the SpectrumExternal, a 2012 Institute of Medicine report, provides evidence and incentive for actions that will improve the lives of people with epilepsy and their families.
- Lou Gehrig’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosisExternal (ALS), causes paralysis by attacking and killing nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.
- We aren’t sure what causes itExternal and people with ALS typically live only 3 to 5 years after symptoms developExternal.
- ATSDR’s new National ALS Registry is a ground-breaking effort to help scientists study this disease and its potential causes.
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