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Teens Speak Up 2016: Hugh O’Donnell

On Friday, April 15, Hugh O’Donnell, a 16 year old living with epilepsy, along with his family and two EFGC case managers,  headed out to Washington DC, to attend Teens Speak Up!, an annual conference held by the national Epilepsy Foundation.  Every year this conference brings together over 150 advocates, including Epilepsy Foundation affiliate staff, parents, […]

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Lurie Study Finds Cannabis-Based Drug Reduces Seizures in Kids

A groundbreaking study partially conducted at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago found that a marijuana extract greatly reduced severe seizures in some children. Read more…

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First FDA-Approved Medicine Manufactured Using 3D Printing Technology Now Available

Aprecia Pharmaceuticals today announced that SPRITAM® (levetiracetam) tablets, for oral suspension, is now available as an adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial onset seizures, myoclonic seizures and primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures. SPRITAM is the first prescription drug product approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that is manufactured using 3D printing technology. […]

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Camp Blackhawk Registration is Now Open!

Each summer, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago’s Camp Blackhawk gives its young participants an experience they won’t soon forget – all with NO COST to parents! For one week, these kids, ages 6-17, get to come together and enjoy all the fun activities and friendships that come with a trip to camp, while leaving […]

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GW Pharmaceuticals Announces Positive Results from Phase 3 Cannabidiol Trial

GW Pharmaceuticals has announced positive results from the first of two Phase 3 studies of Epidiolex® (cannabidiol or CBD) in the treatment of Dravet syndrome. Median seizure reduction was 39% with Epidiolex versus only 13% with placebo, a scientifically significant finding. In addition, the side-effect profile was acceptable for an anti-epileptic drug and secondary endpoints […]

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The Epilepsy Foundation 2016 Scholarship Awards

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago is offering our college scholarships again for the 2016/2017 academic school year – apply for one today! The Jim Davies Scholarship The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago created the Jim Davies Scholarship in honor of our long-time friend and epilepsy advocate, Jim Davies. Jim developed epilepsy after suffering from a […]

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Can Cannabis Treat Epileptic Seizures?

Charlotte Figi, an eight-year-old girl from Colorado with Dravet syndrome, a rare and debilitating form of epilepsy, came into the public eye in 2013 when news broke that medical marijuana was able to do what other drugs could not: dramatically reduce her seizures. Now, new scientific research provides evidence that cannabis may be an effective […]

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Children with Epilepsy Need an Emergency Plan for School

Children with epilepsy should have a plan in place at school for how best to respond to medical emergencies. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released guidance suggesting prescribing providers, families, and schools collaborate develop such plans detailing the use of seizure rescue medications. Read more…

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Chicago Wolves Host Epilepsy Awareness Night on December 19

The condition doesn’t play favorites: People are diagnosed with epilepsy at any age and it can be triggered by a wide range of factors. The Chicago Wolves are determined to broaden the conversation of this condition and to raise funds to cure it. To raise awareness about epilepsy and to raise money for Chicago Wolves […]

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One Man’s Desperate Attempt to Cure his Son’s Epilepsy – with Weed

The hospital pharmacist slid three bottles of pills across the counter, gave my wife a form to sign, and reminded her that this was not the corner drugstore. The pharmacy knew how many pills had been dispensed, he said; it would know how many had been consumed; and it would expect her to return the unused […]

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