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Meryl Streep supports epilepsy charity event

BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. (AP) -

Meryl Streep has attended a charity gala in suburban Chicago to help raise awareness about pediatric epilepsy and a special diet that advocates say can treat the disease.

The actress has been helping support The Charlie Foundation to Cure Pediatric Epilepsy since working on a 1997 TV movie about the issue with director Jim Abrahams, whose son had the disease.

Streep says it's "unconscionable" more people aren't being told about the high-fat and low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet. Advocates say it can help reduce the frequency of epileptic seizures.

The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports that Friday night's event in the western suburb of Bloomingdale was part of a 4-day international symposium on dietary therapies for neurological disorders.

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