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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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Faces of the Foundation-Schuele

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 on the first of each month to see who we are honoring! […]

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Surgery for Epilepsy Gains Urgency in Trial

Surgery for epilepsy is usually seen as a last resort for patients when medications do not work, and it is often delayed for many years after the failure of drug treatment. Now a randomized, controlled trial suggests that surgery as soon as possible after the failure of two antiepileptic drugs is a significantly better approach than […]

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Twitter Adding to Stigma of Epilepsy, Study Says

The social networking service known as Twitter seems to have become a platform for derogatory comments about epilepsy and seizures, researchers say. In a study published in the February issue of Epilepsy and Behavior, Canadian researchers analyzed nearly 11,000 seizure-related “tweets” and deemed 41 percent of them as offensive. The study authors pointed out that the messages on this social networking service […]

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