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Edited By: Gary W. Mathern, MD and Astrid Nehlig, PhD

Impact Factor: 4.584

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 26/194 (Clinical Neurology)

Online ISSN: 1528-1167

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Controversies in Epilepsy

An important unresolved issue in the epidemiology of epilepsy is the unexplained difference between the accumulative incidence (adding up the number of new cases per year) and lifetime prevalence (number of people with epilepsy within a population). In concept, these estimates should be about equal. This is not the case, especially in lower income regions of the world for which the accumulative annual incidence is much higher than the estimated lifetime prevalence of epilepsy.

The possible reasons for this discrepancy are the subject of this month's Controversy in Epilepsy series

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An unknown quantity—The worldwide prevalence of epilepsy

Prevalence of epilepsy—An unknown quantity

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New 2013 Impact Factors Released!

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Wiley and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) are pleased to announce the increase of the Epilepsia Impact Factor, to 4.584.

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New Clinicial Definition for Epilepsy Improves Diagnosis Accuracy- Now Available in 7 Languages

ILAE Official Report--A practical clinical definition of epilepsy
Robert S. Fisher, Carlos Acevedo, Alexis Arzimanoglou, Alicia Bogacz, J. Helen Cross, et al. (2014)

Read this article now, in: Chinese, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish!

From the editors: Names count--the new operational definition of epilepsy and Epilepsia's poll


Commentary: ILAE President--Emilio Perucca
Department of Internal Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Pavia and C. Mondino National Neurological Institute, Pavia, Italy.

Chong Tin Tan--Professor in the Division of Neurology at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dr. Steven C. Schachter--Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Elinor Ben-Menachem--Professor of Neurology and Epilepsy at the Institute for Clinical Neurosciences and Physiology, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Dr. Allen Hauser--Departments of Neurology, Epidemiology, and Sergievsky Center, Columbia University, New York, NY.

Jessica Solodar--author focused on photic seizures triggered by electronic media.

Robert S. Fisher--Department of Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine

Congratulations to Cristina Roseti for being awarded the 2013 Morris-Coole/Epilepsia Prize, for her article listed below; read it now for FREE!

Fractalkine/CX3CL1 modulates GABAA currents in human temporal lobe epilepsy

Commentary: Morris-Coole/Epilepsia Prize
Interview with Cristina Roseti, 2013 Morris-Coole/Epilepsia Prize Winner

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Editor's Choice

Read the selected Editor's Choice articles for May:

Antiepileptic drug use in seven electronic health record databases in Europe: A methodological comparison

Effects of an Inpatient Rehabilitation Program after Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Surgery and other Factors on Employment two Years after Epilepsy Surgery

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