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EFGC Welcomes Hispanic Outreach Specialist

Alnierys Venegas, a Chicago resident with extensive experience in the non-profit community, has joined the staff of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. Venegas received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication Arts – Media Studies from North Park University and has worked with social services agencies such as YWCA, Red Cross of Greater Chicago, [...]

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Why Should You Attend the Charlie Foundation Family Day?

There’s only a few more weeks before the start of the Charlie Foundation’s  3rd International Symposium: Dietary Therapy for Epilepsy & Other Neurological Disorders. We are very excited about the professional component of this 4 day event, the premier venue to network and learn about the latest in research and clinical practice in the use [...]

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New Non-Invasive Method for Diagnosing Epilepsy

A team of University of Minnesota biomedical engineers and researchers from Mayo Clinic published a groundbreaking study that outlines how a new type of non-invasive brain scan taken immediately after a seizure gives additional insight into possible causes and treatments for epilepsy patients. Read more…

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Genetics: Rare epilepsy syndromes share autism mutations

Individuals with either of two rare forms of epilepsy have duplications or deletions that encompass genes implicated in autism and language impairment, according to a study published 27 June in Epilepsia1. Read more…

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The Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Foundation Awards Jenna Pedersen with Annual Scholarship

Jenna Pedersen, a student at Illinois State University from St. Charles, IL, was recently awarded with the first Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Memorial Scholarship. Jenna is honored to receive this award, which was created to provide financial support for the pursuit of higher education to a student living with epilepsy, who demonstrates a strong commitment to [...]

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Chili’s Pepper Partner Program Benefits EFGC

From June 28 until December 28, 2012, you are invited to participate in the Chili’s Pepper Partner Program to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. All you need to do is click on the PDF link on this page, download the voucher PDF, print it up, and take it to your local Chili’s restaurant. [...]

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EFGC Welcomes Interim CEO, Business Marketer

Kurt Florian and Janet Anderson, both seasoned professionals in business and non-profit sectors, have joined the staff of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago.  Florian was recently named Interim President & CEO by the EFGC Board of Directors, and Anderson is newly appointed Business Development Manager.  Read more…

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Philip Gattone, EFGC Head, Named National CEO

Philip M. Gattone, who has led the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago (EFGC) for much of the past decade, has been named President & CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation of America, headquartered in Landover, Maryland.  He will begin his duties there later this month. Read more…

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Epileptic seizures linked to common childhood viral infection

 A ten-year NIH-funded study has determined that a third of infants with prolonged seizures and fever suffer from either a new or reactivated roseola virus infection. Roseola viruses are the cause of the common childhood rash, but can also cause limbic encephalitis, a condition that frequently progresses to epilepsy. Read more…

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Ketogenic Diet Could Help with Epilepsy Treatments

Children with epilepsy, who aren’t helped by anti-seizure medication, are treated with a ketogenic diet that is high in fat and low in carbohydrates. The ketogenic diet mimics effects of starvation. Neurologists were never quite sure why the diet works well with epilepsy. In a new study, scientists say they may have found the answer. Read [...]

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