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Studio E: The Epilepsy Art Therapy Program

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago is excited to bring adults living with epilepsy the opportunity to express themselves through art as part of a seven-week art therapy program. They will work with art therapists, a writing instructor, and other people with epilepsy in a group setting to create artistic pieces using a variety of […]

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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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Save people, not numbers: the 2016 Illinois budget

On September 24, 2015, the Illinois State Senate was able to pass SB 2046, which gives the governor authority to resume payments to health and human services organizations, including the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. As Illinois legislators and Governor Rauner continue to battle over the state budget, this is clearly a step in the […]

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Epilepsy state funding REINSTATED FOR FY2015

Our funding has been restored! Thank you so much for your support and advocacy these past few weeks. We are so thankful to have such an actively enthusiastic community.   Click here to read the Chicago Tribune article

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2015 Camp Blackhawk Registration Now Open

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION   The 2015 Camp Blackhawk dates are: July 5-10, 2015 August 2-7, 2015 And will be located at Camp Red Leaf (26710 W. Nippersink Rd in Ingleside) 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 […]

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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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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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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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Epilepsy: A New Definition

Seizures and epilepsy are not the same. An epileptic seizure is a transient occurrence of signs and/or symptoms due to abnormal excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain. Epilepsy is a disease characterized by an enduring predisposition to generate epileptic seizures and by the neurobiological, cognitive, psychological, and social consequences of this condition. Translation: […]

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FOCUS on EPILEPSY 2013

  A SELF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM FOR ADULTS WITH EPILEPSY The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago and the University of Michigan’s Center for Managing Chronic Disease are looking for volunteers to participate in research to test the effectiveness of a program for adults with epilepsy that provides: The latest research findings on quality of life and epilepsy. […]

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