About 1 out of 10 people may have a seizure in his or her lifetime. That means seizures are common, and one day you might need to help someone during or after a seizure. Would you know what to do?

First Aid for any Type of Seizure

There are many types of seizures. Most seizures last for a few minutes. Here are general steps to help someone who is having any type seizure:

Stay with the person until the seizure ends and the person is fully awake. After it ends, help the person sit in a safe place. Once they are alert and able to communicate, tell them what happened in very plain terms.
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HERSHEY, Pa. — Many people accept deteriorating eyesight as an inevitable part of getting older, but blurry or distorted vision — such as when straight lines appear wavy — could be signs of age-related macular degeneration.

The condition is the most common cause of severe vision loss in people age 50 and older in developed countries. It occurs when waste products build up underneath the retina, which prevents cells in the retina from getting the nutrition they need. As a result, the retinal cells degenerate and eventually die, and abnormal blood vessels may grow underneath the retina.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) today issued a Request for Information (RFI) on its handling of consumer complaints and inquiries. The Bureau is seeking comments and information from interested parties to assist the Bureau in assessing its handling of consumer complaints and consumer inquiries and, consistent with law, considering whether changes to its processes would be appropriate. To date the Bureau has received 1.5 million consumer complaints. This is the 12th in a series of RFIs announced as part of Acting Director Mick Mulvaney’s call for evidence to ensure the Bureau is fulfilling its proper and appropriate functions. This RFI will provide an opportunity for the public to submit feedback and suggest ways to improve outcomes for both consumers and covered entities.

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A new study in The Journal of the American Medical Association: Internal Medicine reports primary care physicians are prescribing longer durations of antibiotics for sinus infections than recommended by clinical practice guidelines.

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The most effective way to avoid getting sick from viruses spread by mosquitoes when at home and during travel is to prevent mosquito bites.

Mosquito bites can be more than just annoying and itchy. They can spread viruses that make you sick or, in rare cases, cause death. Although most kinds of mosquitoes are just nuisance mosquitoes, some kinds of mosquitoes in the United States and around the world spread viruses that can cause disease.

Mosquitoes bite during the day and night, live indoors and outdoors, and search for warm places as temperatures begin to drop. Some will hibernate in enclosed spaces, like garages, sheds, and under (or inside) homes to survive cold temperatures. Except for the southernmost states in North America, mosquito season starts in the summer and continues into fall.

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by Rosario Méndez
Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC

“Get started selling on Amazon and make $5,000 - $10,000 in the next 30 days… even if you’ve never sold anything online before.” That’s one of the pitches the promoters of a large get-rich scheme used to lure people into a bogus business opportunity.

In ads and live seminars in English and in Spanish, Amazing Wealth Systems — also known at different points as AWS, FBA Stores, and Online Auction Learning Center — claimed that people who used the company’s “system” would generate thousands of dollars in sales on Amazon.com. Not so, says the FTC in a lawsuit against the company. In fact, the defendants didn’t have anything to do with Amazon.

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