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Stem cell research provides hope for epilepsy cure

Researchers from UC San Francisco have discovered a way to reverse severe forms of epilepsy in mice with stem cells, providing a new sense of hope for patients who suffer from the seizure-inducing disorder. Read more…

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Epilepsy Drug Used During Pregnancy Increases Baby’s Autism Risk

Children born to mothers who took the anti-seizure drug valproate were five times more likely to be born with autism than those whose mothers didn’t take the medication, a Danish study found. Read more…

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EFGC’s Debbie Flader receives the Sara Stubblefield Advocacy Award from the national Epilepsy Foundation

Debbie Flader of Hanover Park, IL received the national Epilepsy Foundation’s Sara Stubblefield Advocacy Award for her years of tireless service as the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago’s Director of Clinical Outreach. The award was given at the Epilepsy Foundation’s 2013 Public Policy Institute in Washington, DC. Flader’s passion to advocate for people living with [...]

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Obama announces $100M to unlock mysteries of the brain

President Obama will unveil a $100 million initiative to research the human brain, in hopes of unlocking further understanding of brain disorders. Read more…

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Epilepsy Foundation conducting nation-wide Needs Assessment Survey

The Epilepsy Foundation is currently conducting a Needs Assessment Survey  in order to collect information that will help determine “unmet needs” among its consumers. This is a confidential and simple questionnaire that can be completed online. Information gathered from this survey will help the Foundation create or improve its programs and services, validate its activities, [...]

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FDA Panel Endorses Epilepsy Device

An implanted neurological device that is intended to reduce the frequency of epileptic seizures gained the unanimous backing of an FDA advisory panel Friday. Read more…

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Become a Marathon Charity Runner!

This fall the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago will be participating in both the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and the Inaugural Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon charity programs! You can become a member of Team EFGC and help us raise much needed funds to support the programs and services we provide.   The Epilepsy [...]

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EFGC Welcomes New President & CEO

Kurt W. Florian, Jr., a seasoned professional in business and non-profit sectors, was recently named President & CEO by the Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. With a law degree from Duke University and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Chicago, Florian was previously a partner at Lord, [...]

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Epilepsy, Migraines May Have Family Ties

People with epilepsy have a higher risk for migraines, and now new research offers evidence of a genetic link between the two conditions. Read more…

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Minnesota’s Jerry Kill refuses to let epilepsy remove him from the sideline

 The coach opened it up for questions, and a little boy raised his hand. The child could have asked Jerry Kill anything, anything at all, and he would have gotten a straight answer. The Kill way is to tell the truth, even if the truth isn’t too optimistic. The Minnesota head coach learned that as [...]

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