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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
September 26, 2017

Increase in Epilepsy Cases

JAMA. 2017;318(12):1100. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.13443

The number of epilepsy cases in the United States has reached an all-time high, according to CDC researchers reporting in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Their analysis is the first time epilepsy estimates have been available for every state.

Data from sources including the 2015 National Health Interview Survey for adults and the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children’s Health show that in 2015 about 1.2% of the US population—3 million adults and 470 000 children—had the neurological disorder. Previous estimates indicated that 2.3 million adults had epilepsy in 2010 and 450 000 had the condition in 2007. The recently released study indicated that the increased number of cases is the result of population growth.