Kurt Florian and Janet Anderson, both seasoned professionals in business and non-profit sectors, have joined the staff of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. Florian was recently named Interim President & CEO by the EFGC Board of Directors, and Anderson is newly appointed Business Development Manager.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
A key protein, which may be activated to protect nerve cells from damage during heart failure or epileptic seizure, has been found to regulate the transfer of information between nerve cells in the brain.
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— that affects millions of people in a variety of ways and is characterized by unpredictable seizures that differ in type, cause, and severity. Yet living with epilepsy is about much more than just seizures. For people with epilepsy, the disorder is often defined in practical terms, such as challenges in school, uncertainties about social situations and employment, limitations on driving, and questions about independent living.