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Quick Links Newsletter N° 14 | June, 2014

1- Epilepsy and Complementary and Alternative (natural) medicine. Feature article
2- Epilepsy Star: Elizabeth Barcelo
3- Visualase MRI-Guided Laser Ablation Technology for Minimally Invasive Surgery available at Hackensack, NJ
4- Epilepsy Survey Results: Have you ever attended an epilepsy walk/run, event or fundraiser?
5- The epilepsy community and our doctors have been out walking for epilepsy, teaching through webinars, and celebrating Purple Day the first half of 2014
6- Epilepsy Free Foundation grants six summer camp scholarships to children diagnosed with epilepsy
7- Our team has been growing professionally and educating other professionals in epilepsy
8- Epilepsy events that are coming up: Stay tuned

 

Epilepsy and Complementary and Alternative (natural) medicine. Feature article

Complementary and alternative medicine, known as CAM for short, is a term that refers to various healthcare approaches developed outside the Western or “conventional” medicine.  These treatments are known by other names as well, including holistic medicine, integrative medicine, naturopathic medicine, etc.  

Co-director of the Epilepsy Program of the Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group in Hackensack University Medical Center and of the NEREG International Program, Enrique Feoli, M.D sat down to talk about complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) in epilepsy. He was interviewed by Sloka Iyengar, Ph.D., an epilepsy researcher at the Nathan Kline Institute, New York who has a strong interest in epilepsy education and advocacy. 

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Epilepsy Star: Elizabeth Barcelo
Epilepsy Star: Elizabeth Barcelo

A shining epilepsy star sat down with us this issue to tell us about living with epilepsy and seizures as well as her decision to have epilepsy surgery and how she is now doing.  She and her family have been working together for many years to make sure she lives life to the fullest and to raise epilepsy awareness.  As you will see when you read the article, "epilepsy is not stopping this young woman from anything".

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Visualase MRI-Guided Laser Ablation Technology for Minimally Invasive Surgery available at Hackensack, NJ
Visualase MRI-Guided Laser Ablation Technology for Minimally Invasive Surgery available at Hackensack, NJ

Mr. Bruce Damstorm - the first patient to have ever undergone the Visualase Laser Ablation Technology procedure at The Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group for treatment of his epilepsy talked to Sloka Iyengar, research fellow, about his experience. 

Visualase is a new technology that utilizes a laser technology. Through light energy soft tissue including tumor or damaged tissue can be eliminated. Laser energy is delivered to the target area (the lesion) using a laser probe.  Because Visualase procedures are guided by MRI images, it can be very precise.

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Epilepsy Survey Results: Have you ever attended an epilepsy walk/run, event or fundraiser?
Epilepsy Survey Results: Have you ever attended an epilepsy walk/run, event or fundraiser?

Epilepsy can present challenges to independence and social activities. Friends, family and strangers may know little about epilepsy and it can feel hard to connect with some of them at times. Being part of an epilepsy community event is an excellent way to bond and join forces with many others who understand and share similar experiences. There are a whole bunch of ways to become part of the epilepsy community and become active.

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The epilepsy community and our doctors have been out walking for epilepsy, teaching through webinars, and celebrating Purple Day the first half of 2014
The epilepsy community and our doctors have been out walking for epilepsy, teaching through webinars, and celebrating Purple Day the first half of 2014

In the past 3 months, our epilepsy doctors have offered eight free webinars on epilepsy and seizures, team Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group marched in two epilepsy walks and celebrated Purple Day.

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Epilepsy Free Foundation grants six summer camp scholarships to children diagnosed with epilepsy
Epilepsy Free Foundation grants six summer camp scholarships to children diagnosed with epilepsy

Epilepsy Free offers a Scholarship Program to assist children with epilepsy with the costs of summer camp. The intent is to help children who have a seizure disorder enjoy an exciting and fun summer experience despite the high costs of specialized summer camps.

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Our team has been growing professionally and educating other professionals in epilepsy
Our team has been growing professionally and educating other professionals in epilepsy

The Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group staff has been actively teaching other epilepsy professionals and publishing in scientific venues.  We are very proud to announce that Dr. John Ebersole, the Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group/Atlantic Health MEG Program Director, received Distinguished Scholar Award at the Virginia Commonwealth University earlier this year.  Read about all the things our staff has been working on.

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Support Groups

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Our support groups will take a summer break in July and August and will be back up and running in September 2014.

ADULTS WITH EPILEPSY & THEIR CAREGIVERS

1st Thursday of every month - 6:30 pm
White Plains Hospital Centennial Room
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

PSYCHOGENIC NON-EPILEPTIC SEIZURES (PNES) 

Third Wednesday of the month - 5:30 pm
20 Prospect Ave.
Suite 800
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(the group closes for the summer in July and August and starts up again in September)

CONTACT INFORMATION

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

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Epilepsy events that are coming up: Stay tuned
Epilepsy events that are coming up: Stay tuned

On September 20, NEREG will be holding its annual epilepsy conference offering four simultaneous sessions on pediatric and adult epilepsy, epilepsy treatment, and psychogenic non-epileptic seizures. This is an all-day conference and brings together seizure experts and a highly motivated audience eager to learn the most current information about epilepsy and seizures. 

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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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