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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.  Under Gattone’s leadership, EFGC was named national “Affiliate of the Year” [...]

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Face of the Foundation-Bonnie

Every month we feature a “Face of the Foundation.” Someone 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! Faces of the Foundation [...]

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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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Studio E: The Epilepsy Art Therapy Program – for teens!

Check back soon to see when the next Studio E: The Epilepsy Art Therapy for Teens will be offered. The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago is excited to bring teenagers ages 13-17 the opportunity to express themselves through art at a five week art therapy program that will meet on a weekly basis beginning October 12. [...]

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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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Response to First Treatment May Predict Epilepsy’s Course

The way someone responds to the first anti-seizure medication given after a diagnosis of epilepsy often predicts how well-controlled their seizures will be over time. Read more…

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Faces of the Foundation-Garcias

Every month we feature a “Face of the Foundation.” Someone 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! The Garcia Family May [...]

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Epilepsy in the African American Community

On Saturday, May 5, “Epilepsy Awareness in our Community,” a free workshop that was created to educate African Americans about epilepsy, will be held at WVON’s Legacy Center. With over three million people in the U.S–including 350,000 African Americans–living with epilepsy, increasing education and awareness is a significant issue. Participants will learn about the disorder, [...]

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Help Jagoda Ciurkot Raise Money for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago!

On Monday, April 16 from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm the California Pizza Kitchen will be donating 20% of the bills paid with this CPK fundraiser coupon to the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago! You just need to bring the coupon on April 16th to one of the three locations on the coupon – the three participating [...]

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Epilepsy Across the Spectrum: Promoting Health and Understanding

Epilepsy is the nation’s fourth most common neurological disorder, after migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease; but public understanding of epilepsy is limited. For example, many people do not know the causes of epilepsy or what they should do if they see someone having a seizure. Epilepsy is a complex spectrum of disorders—sometimes called the epilepsies— [...]

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