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Around 1 in 10 people have had a seizure: Here's how you can help

Sept. 8, 2017—More people have epilepsy than ever, according to new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In the U.S., around 3 million adults and 470,000 children have active epilepsy. These numbers have increased over the years, most likely because of population growth.

There are many different types of epilepsy. But active epilepsy means a person is under treatment or has had recent seizures.

Read the full CDC report to learn more.

How to help someone having a seizure

Seizures are pretty common—around 1 in 10 people have had one. But these episodes aren't always easy to recognize. During a mild seizure, a person might simply seem confused, stare off or wander.

Grand mal seizures are more serious. The person may cry out, fall, jerk or shake. They may also become unaware of their surroundings.

You should always try to help someone who is having a grand mal seizure. Here's what you can do:

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