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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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Moving Forward: Advances in Diagnostics and Surgical Options for Epilepsy

If you have reached a plateau with your current epilepsy treatment, or have tried multiple medications with diminishing results, you may be a candidate for new and exciting diagnostic techniques and surgical technologies. Join us on April 10, 2014 for a FREE event hosted by EFGC and NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Neurological Institute to explore new [...]

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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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Face of the Foundation Alex

Every month we feature a “Face of the Foundation.” Some whose involvement in the organization, whether it is through services, support, and/or advocacy, has had a significant impact on the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago and its mission. Be sure to check back each month to see who we are honoring! Alex Houston November 2013

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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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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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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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