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Quick Links Newsletter N° 11 | September, 2013

1- The truth about treating epilepsy with medical marijuana- where do science and medicine stand as of today? Pediatric epileptologist, Dr. Eric Segal
2- Supporting epilepsy through Epilepsy Book sales: What You Need to Know if Epilepsy Has Touched Your Life: A guide in plain English
3- Epilepsy Women's Program in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut
4- Epileptic or Person with epilepsy? Epilepsy Survey
5- Safety for epilepsy: helmet
6- New York and New Jersey Epilepsy Activities 2013: Fall Wellness for epilepsy takes off with art workshops, yoga, pilates, art, and knitting.
7- Our epilepsy specialists in New York and New Jersey are actively working
8- Stay tuned for upcoming epilepsy events in New York and New Jersey 2013

 

The truth about treating epilepsy with medical marijuana- where do science and medicine stand as of today? Pediatric epileptologist, Dr. Eric Segal

In this issue we sat down with Dr. Eric Segal, pediatric epileptologist and Associate Director of the Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group’s Pediatric Program in Hackensack University Medical Center.  He specializes in treating children with epilepsy and seizures and directs the Epilepsy Diet section as well as being an integral part of the Tuberous Sclerosis and Dravet’s Syndrome clinics.  We asked him about a hot epilepsy topic that has been in the news and on the minds of many New Jersey patients: is medical marijuana useful for treating epilepsy?

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Supporting epilepsy through Epilepsy Book sales: What You Need to Know if Epilepsy Has Touched Your Life: A guide in plain English
Supporting epilepsy through Epilepsy Book sales: What You Need to Know if Epilepsy Has Touched Your Life: A guide in plain English

Supporting epilepsy through Epilepsy Book sales of What You Need to Know if Epilepsy Has Touched Your Life: A guide in plain English.  Did you know that all on-line earnings of Dr. Marcelo Lancman’s (and co-authors’) book are donated directly to Epilepsy Free Foundation to support epilepsy scholarships for adults and children.  As a result, this year, the foundation helped 15 children diagnosed with epilepsy attend summer camp through $400 scholarships for each child and 5 adults attend college through $1000 scholarships each!  

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Epilepsy Women's Program in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut
Epilepsy Women's Program in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

Dr. Olgica Laban-Grant is a seasoned epileptologist who earned her doctorate at the University of Belgrade School of Medicine, Belgrade.  She then went on to successfully complete her internship, residency and her fellowship in epilepsy at New York University.  She is certified in the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology as well as the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with special qualifications in Neurophysiology.  Her main research interest is in epilepsy in women.  She has been awarded The Best Doctors of America 2011-2012 and the 2012 Westchester Magazine "Top Doctor" recognitions.

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Epileptic or Person with epilepsy? Epilepsy Survey
Epileptic or Person with epilepsy? Epilepsy Survey

During this quarter, we asked website visitors to give us their opinion on how to call someone who has epilepsy What do you think a person with epilepsy should be called? Epileptic or person with epilepsy?

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Safety for epilepsy: helmet
Safety for epilepsy: helmet

Over the summer, we read about this new Swedish safety helmet and the article suggested that it might potentially be useful for persons with epilepsy.  So, of course, we contacted the company for more information.  

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New York and New Jersey Epilepsy Activities 2013: Fall Wellness for epilepsy takes off with art workshops, yoga, pilates, art, and knitting.
New York and New Jersey Epilepsy Activities 2013: Fall Wellness for epilepsy takes off with art workshops, yoga, pilates, art, and knitting.

With the new fall season comes a new set of wellness activities for our patients.  Quality of life in epilepsy can be improved despite obstacles by engaging in mentally and physically stimulating activities that get our creative juices flowing and our muscles toned.  

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Our epilepsy specialists in New York and New Jersey are actively working
Our epilepsy specialists in New York and New Jersey are actively working

Our epilepsy specialists have been busy over the summer of 2013 giving webinars on treating epilepsy through surgery and dealing with epilepsy in the school.  Dr. Christos Lambrakis spent after-hours teaching medical students and high school students about epilepsy and seizures.  And, the final results came in from our National Epilepsy Walk earlier this year with an awe-inspiring amount of money raised for the American Epilepsy Society.

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Support Groups

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Our support groups are back up and running through September 2013 to June 2014!

ADULTS WITH EPILEPSY & THEIR CAREGIVERS

2nd Tuesday of every month – 6:30 pm
Wallkill Medical Arts Building
390 Crystal Run Road – Suite 102
Middletown, NY

1st Thursday of every month - 6:30 pm
White Plains Hospital Medical Library
Davis Avenue & East Post Road
White Plains, NY 10601

3rd Wednesday of every month - 6:30 pm
Hackensack University Medical Center
20 Prospect Avenue - Suite 800
Main Conference Room
Hackensack, NJ 07601

1st Tuesday of every month - 6:00 pm
Jersey City Medical Center
355 Grand Street
Conference Room #5
Jersey City, NJ 07302

1st Thursday of every month - 6:00 pm
Manhattan office
820 Second Avenue, Suite 6C
New York NY 10017

CONTACT INFORMATION

Lorna Myers, Ph.D.
212-661-7460, option 5
lmyers@epilepsygroup.com

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Stay tuned for upcoming epilepsy events in New York and New Jersey 2013
Stay tuned for upcoming epilepsy events in New York and New Jersey 2013

The Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group has lined up many epilepsy webinars, half-and full-day epilepsy conferences for patients and loved ones in New York and New Jersey for the second half of 2013. Team Northeast Epilepsy Group will also be going on one of its two traditional epilepsy walks in New Jersey in October.  Everyone is invited to join the team and remember that joining is free of charge.

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Launched in 1998, Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group (NEREG) is a multi-site practice in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut that offers unique services and comprehensive care to children and adults with epilepsy. NEREG provides state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures, 24/7 patient service, highly skilled and experienced practitioners, and exceptional specialty programs designed to cover a broad range of health care needs in each epilepsy patient. NEREG consists of seventeen board-certified epilepsy specialists with fellowship training in adult and childhood epilepsy, as well as many other highly skilled health care providers including pediatric/adult neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists, epilepsy nurse practitioners, a specially trained nutritionist and epilepsy advocates.

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