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Camp Blackhawk Registration is Now Open!

Registration for Camp Blackhawk 2014 is now open. For the first time, there will be two separate sessions of Camp Blackhawk, giving twice as many kids the chance to participate in this unforgettable event.  These sessions will take place July 13-18, 2014 and August 3-8, 2014 at Red Leaf Village in Ingleside, IL. Up to [...]

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State Senate Passes SB2636 to Include Treatment for Epilepsy in the Illinois Medical Marijuana Law – Now it’s the House’s Turn!

On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, the Illinois Senate passed SB2636, an amendment to the Illinois medical marijuana law. This amendment includes epilepsy as one of the conditions for which medical marijuana may be prescribed, and that pediatric intractable cases of epilepsy be permitted to use cannabis oil in the treatment of childhood seizures.  The amendment [...]

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Early treatment with AED reduces duration of febrile seizures

New research shows that children with febrile status epilepticus (FSE) who receive earlier treatment with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) experience a reduction in the duration of the seizure. The study published in Epilepsia, a journal of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), suggests that a standard Emergency Medical Services (EMS) treatment protocol for FSE is needed in [...]

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FDA okays medical device to treat epilepsy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a device to help reduce the frequency of seizures in epilepsy patients who have not responded well to medications in the past. Read more…

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First Savers in Hoffman Estates Partners with the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago to Benefit Community

Savers, the national thrift chain with more than 320 locations across North America, is celebrating its 10th store in the Chicagoland area benefitting the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. The celebration of the Hoffman Estates location will kick off on Tuesday, November 12 with a VIP Pre-Event from 6:00-9:00 pm. The official grand opening with [...]

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Enrollment for Health Insurance Marketplace is Now Open!

As of October 1st, Health Insurance Marketplace has begun accepting applications for those who are trying to find the most beneficial insurance plans available to them. The Marketplace simplifies your search by gathering information about all of the insurance plans in your area in one place. No plan can turn you away or charge you [...]

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The Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Foundation Scholarship Award

The Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Foundation has announced that Mr. John Shearer of Gurnee, Illinois, has been awarded the SARA ELIZABETH STUBBLEFIELD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP for Persons with Epilepsy.  This $2,000 scholarship award will be paid $1,000 per semester for the 2013-2014 academic year. Mr. Shearer, a 2013 graduate of Warren Township High School, will attend Carthage [...]

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Epilepsy Continues to Receive Legislative Support in Illinois: The Danny Stanton SUDEP Act

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the Danny Stanton SUDEP Act into law on Monday, August 12th. The law requires medical examiners and coroners to include an inquiry about a history of epilepsy and seizures as part of a standard autopsy, and, if an instance of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) is determined, to report [...]

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Gov. Quinn Signs Medicaid Expansion into Law

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation on Monday, July 22nd, which requires the Department of Health and Family Services (DHS) to ensure that Medicaid patients with epilepsy do not require prior approval from the Department in order to receive anti-convulsant drugs.  The legislation was a top priority of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago during [...]

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Duke Medicine researchers identify molecular target to prevent onset epilepsy

Duke Medicine researchers have identified a receptor in the nervous system that may be key to preventing epilepsy following a prolonged period of seizures. Read more…

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