facts about Seizures

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facts about Seizures

Jesus Castellanos, Contributor

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  • Up to 10 percent of people will have a seizure at some time in their life, while 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy, according to the Epilepsy Foundation.
  • Epilepsy is one of the most common diseases on the planet.
  • More people have epilepsy than autism spectrum disorders, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy combined, Epilepsy Foundation says.
  • Some seizures cause briefs of staring into space and losing awareness of what’s happening around them, strange sensations such as tingling and numbness in a part of your body.
  • Most seizures last 30 seconds to three minutes.
  • Seizures are caused by an underlying transient or very bad condition.
  • Women have up to 70 percent of nonepileptic seizures.
  • About half of people who have one seizure without an easily identifiable cause will have another one, within six months, Epilepsy Foundation says.

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