June 2, 2016
The CDC Epilepsy Program published a Notice to Readers focused on the Sudden Death in the Young Case Registry in the April 1, 2016 issue of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Funded by CDC, with support from NIH, this registry seeks to 1) determine the incidence of both sudden cardiac death (SCD) and sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP) among children and young adults ≤ 19 years old; 2) collect clinical and demographic information about cases; 3) collect and store DNA samples in a biorepository for research; 4) examine preventable risk factors contributing to SUD; and 5) inform prevention efforts.
The Epilepsy Program has released our new At-A-Glance, which highlights important facts about epilepsy and what CDC is doing to address this important public health issue.
People with epilepsy and other health problems can benefit from learning self-management skills and techniques that help them better manage their conditions, treatments, and their effects. Provider support of patient self-management is a key component of effective chronic illness care and helps patients to live full and satisfying lives.
CDC’s Managing Epilepsy website has information for healthcare providers on the new HHS Education and Training Curriculum on Multiple Chronic Conditions. HHS is offering a toolkit for educators to equip healthcare professionals with tools and knowledge on caring for persons living with multiple chronic conditions (PLWMCC). The Self-Management Support training module outlines self-management and self-management support strategies to use to empower PLWMCC.
CDC research shows that adults with epilepsy often have other health conditions that also need to be managed, such as high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, obesity, and stroke. Treatment to maximize seizure control is critically important for people with epilepsy, but it’s important for people with epilepsy to not ignore other health issues. Learn more about this in CDC’s feature, Staying Healthy with Epilepsy.
Check out new publications from the CDC Epilepsy Program and our funded partners.
In Case You Missed It: Epilepsy and Seizures in Older Adults
May was Older Americans' Month!
Did you know that epilepsy is more likely to develop in older adults compared to younger adults? Seizures can be hard to recognize in older adults, and many go unnoticed. Learn: