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2012 Annual Report


Strategic Plan


The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee shared recommendations on priorities in public health for the epilepsies in a public briefing.  READ THE REPORT BRIEF HERE.



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  • 1 in 10 people in the U.S. will have a seizure in their lifetime; 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy. 
  • Nearly 3 million people in the U.S. have epilepsy, also known as a seizure disorder.
  • 60,000 people in Minnesota have epilepsy, which is enough people to fill TCF Bank Stadium.
  • Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures. When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they have epilepsy.
  • Epilepsy is the most common neurological condition in children, and the fourth most common in adults (behind stroke and Alzheimer’s disease).
  • Epilepsy is a spectrum of disorders with a range of severities and seizure types.
  • Seizures can happen to anyone at anytime, and in 70% of the cases the cause is unknown.
  • Epilepsy affects more Americans than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson's disease combined.

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