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August 11, 2017

More Americans living with epilepsy than ever before

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CBS News – The number of Americans with epilepsy is on the rise, with at least 3 million adults and 470,000 children living with the disorder, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Epilepsy is a disorder of the brain that causes seizures. In most cases the cause is unknown, but it can be brought on by a number of different conditions, including stroke, brain tumor, head injury, central nervous system infections, or genetic risks.

According to the new CDC data, the number of U.S. adults with active epilepsy rose from 2.3 million in 2010 to 3 million in 2015. The number of children with epilepsy increased from 450,000 in 2007 to 470,000 in 2015.

To get these estimates, the researchers analyzed national and state-specific reports. This is the first time epilepsy estimates have been available for every state. Experts say the increases are likely due to population growth and improved testing.

Read more at CBS News.

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