Epilepsy Rates Are on the Rise
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that more children and adults in the United States are living with epilepsy, most likely due to population growth. For the first time, information released in yesterday’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report contained epilepsy estimates for every U.S. state.
According to the report, in 2015 about 3 million adults and 470,000 children had active epilepsy – defined as epilepsy for which they’re undergoing treatment or because they’ve had recent seizures. About 1.2 percent of the U.S. population had active epilepsy in 2015, and these numbers are up from 2.3 million adults in 2010 and 450,000 children in 2007.
Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes seizures. It can result from several conditions, including stroke, brain tumor, head injury, central nervous system infection, and genetic factors. Although epilepsy is widely recognized, few people understand the disorder. There are more than 30 types of seizures, many of which can be hard to identify and recognize.