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THE EFGC SCHOLARSHIPS

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago is offering our college scholarships again for the 2015/2016 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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Rauner announces who can grow and sell marijuana in Illinois

The marijuana seeds can soon be planted. In a move that surprised advocates of the medical marijuana program, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration on Monday announced it would issue most of the coveted licenses to grow and sell the medical product. Read more…

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Families with sick kids worry about delay in medical pot licenses

Carolyn and Mike Burkhead of downstate Maryville do not know what they are going to do. Their 3-year-old daughter Mira has a form of epilepsy that subjects her to severe, debilitating seizures. Her parents have tried nine different medications to treat Mira’s illness, but so far none have worked. The Burkheads’ last hope is cannabidiol, […]

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‘Microlesions’ in epilepsy discovered by novel technique in a study conducted by newly elected EFGC Board Member, Jeffery Loeb, MD

Using an innovative technique combining genetic analysis and mathematical modeling with some basic sleuthing, researchers have identified previously undescribed microlesions in brain tissue from epileptic patients. The millimeter-sized abnormalities may explain why areas of the brain that appear normal can produce severe seizures in many children and adults with epilepsy.  The findings, by researchers at […]

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Crystal Lake resident hopes to ‘cap the copay’ on high-price specialty drugs

Lisa Thomas is hoping there is a cure for the cost to cure. Thomas, whose 16-year-old son Ryan has epilepsy that causes seizures, takes less than two months to blow past the family’s annual $3,000 deductible because of the high copay costs for her son’s medication. She said it’s not unusual to hit the $10,000 […]

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Three Studies Shed New Light on the Effectiveness of Cannabis in Epilepsy

In advance of the American Epilepsy Society’s (AES) Annual Meeting in December, the organization has offered highlights of groundbreaking research being studied at a number of institutions regarding the effectiveness of cannibidiol (CBD) and its derivatives as a viable treatment for people with epilepsy. Read more…

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333 Patient Groups Join Together to Ask HHS Secretary Burwell to Reduce Barriers to Care in Qualified Health Plans

Three-hundred-and-thirty-three patient groups from around the country have signed onto a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Mathews Burwell calling for immediate measures to reduce barriers to care for patients who have purchased policies through the Health Insurance Marketplace (the “exchanges”). The letter comes as some patients with chronic conditions have […]

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Governor Pat Quinn Signs the Amendment on the Medical Marijuana Law

On July 20, 2014 SB 2636, the medical marijuana law adding epilepsy as a debilitating medical condition was signed by IL Governor Pat Quinn. This amendment includes epilepsy as one of the conditions for which medical marijuana may be prescribed, and that pediatric intractable cases of epilepsy may be permitted to use cannabis oil in the treatment […]

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U.S. Department of Defense Allocates $7.5 million to Epilepsy Research

On July 17, 2014, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that it will allocate $7.5 million to epilepsy research due to the alarming increase of people diagnosed with epilepsy because of Traumatic Brain Injuries sustained in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2006. This initiative was led by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and Susan […]

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2014 Scholarship Winners

The 2014 recipients of the Jim Davies Scholarship were announced at the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago’s June Board of Directors Meeting. This scholarship is awarded annually in the amount of $1,000 to individuals with epilepsy who will be incoming freshmen to a college or vocational/technical school and will be a full-time student for the 2014/2015 […]

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