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 of childhood seizures. The amendment was passed by the Illinois Senate with a vote of 49-5 on April 2, 2014 and the Illinois House of Representatives with a vote of 98-18 on May 21, 2014.
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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 Axelrod of Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE).
On June 18, neurosurgeons at the University of Alabama at Birmingham implanted a new type of electrical stimulator to control seizures in patients with difficult-to-control epilepsy. It marked the first time in the Southeast the RNS system by NeuroPace had been implanted since the device gained FDA approval in November 2013. The first patient was a 24-year-old woman from central Alabama.
The Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Foundation has announced that they will again be awarding the SARA ELIZABETH STUBBLEFIELD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP for Persons with Epilepsy. This $2,000 scholarship award will be paid $1,000 per semester for the 2015-2016 academic year.
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 the U.S.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a device to help reduce the frequency of seizures in epilepsy patients who have not responded well to medications in the past.
First Savers in Hoffman Estates Partners with the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago to Benefit Community
Savers, the national thrift chain with more than 320 locations across North America, is celebrating its 10th store in the Chicagoland area benefitting the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. The celebration of the Hoffman Estates location will kick off on Tuesday, November 12 with a VIP Pre-Event from 6:00-9:00 pm. The official grand opening with be on Thursday, November 14 with an 8:45 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Savers management and representatives from the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. The doors open at 9:00 am.