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Our epilepsy and seizures community of patients, family, friends and doctors has been busy!

Our epilepsy and seizures community of patients, family, friends and doctors has been busy! Our doctors and nurses presented an impressive amount of novel research at the American Epilepsy Society meeting held in Baltimore in December 2019, published research findings in peer-reviewed journals, and of course, participated in the International Epilepsy Day.    

Presentations over the last few months:

- In September 2019, Dr. Eric Segal presented on "State of the art epilepsy treatments" in New York City at the First international Congress on the Future of Neurology:

- In December 2019, our group of doctors presented posters at the American Epilepsy Society in Baltimore, Maryland as first authors or co-authors on all the abstracts listed below (an impressive amount of work and contributions to the field):

* Proposed Design for a Natural History Study of SCN1A--Positive (SCN1A+) Early-Onset Epilepsy (Abst. 3.085)

* Real-World Clinical Care of Patients with Epilepsy at Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group, Hackensack, New Jersey: A Regional Comparison of Results from PROVE Study 506 (Abst. 3.316)

* Initial Clinical Impressions of Brivaracetam for Treatment of Epilepsy in the Pediatric Population (Abst. 3.337)

* Results for Pediatric Epilepsy in Clinical Practice (Abst. 3.216)

* Effectiveness and Safety of  (NRL-1; Diazepam Nasal Spray) in Patients with Epilepsy and a History of Seasonal Allergies: Interim Results from a Phase 3, Open-Label, 12-Month Repeat Dose Study (Abst. 3.218)

* Brain-Responsive Neurostimulation (RNS® System) in Pediatric Patients (Abst. 3.355)

* Incidence of Leukopenia in Ketogenic Diet: A Single-Center Experience (Abst. 3.379)

* Factors Associated with Providers' Attitudes and Knowledge Regarding Cannabis-Based Therapies (Abst. 3.402)

* NRL-1; Diazepam Nasal Spray Administration During Ictal/Peri-Ictal State in an Open-Label Study (Abst. 2.131)

* Pharmacokinetics and Safety of  (NRL-1; diazepam nasal spray) in Patients with Epilepsy During Seizure (Ictal/Peri-ictal) and Non-Seizure (Inter-ictal) Conditions (Abst. 2.122)

* Benefits of MEG/EEG Source Modeling in Pre-Surgical Evaluations (Abst. 3.147)

* Adult-Onset Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures: A Multicenter International Study (Abst. 2.315)

* Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures in Children and Adolescents: An International Multicenter Study (Abst. 2.329)

* Comparison of depression, anxiety and quality of life in two Spanish-speaking American patient groups (psychogenic non-epileptic seizures and epilepsy) (Abst. 2.316) 

* Comparison of Spanish Speaking Patients with Epilepsy Versus Those with Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures (PNES) on Measures of Neuropsychological Functioning (Abst. 2.324) 


Our doctors have published the following in peer-reviewed journals: 

- Outcome Measures for Functional Neurological Disorder: A Review of the Theoretical Complexities. Nicholson T, Carson A, Edwards M... Myers L...Tinazzi M (2019) Journal of Neuropsychiatry, DOI: 10.1176/appi.neuropsych.19060128

- Clinical characteristics of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures across the lifespan: An international retrospective study. Sawchuk T, Asadi-Pooya AA, Myers L, Valente KD, Restrepo AD, Alessio LD, Homayoun M, Bahrami Z, Alessi R, Paytan AA, Kochen S, Taha F, Lazar LM, Pick S, Nicholson T, Buchhalter J, (2019) Epilepsy & Behav

- Depression, anxiety and clinical history in Spanish-speaking American patients with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) compared to Spanish-speaking American patients with epilepsy.  Myers L; Trobliger R; Bonafina M; Vazquez-Casals G; Lancman M; Lancman ME (2019).  Epilepsy & Behav


Our staff were part of several Special Interest Groups at the American Epilepsy Society:

December 6: Private Practice Epilepsy Special Interest Group: The Shifting Sands of Epilepsy: Navigating Changes in Reimbursement on December 6, 2019 from 1:30-3PM Coordinators: Drs. Eric Segal, MD and Ro Elgavish and speakers: Robert Wechsler, MD, PhD, FAES, FAAN, and Mark Mintz, MD

December 9: SIG: Tumor Related Epilepsy: Diagnostic Advances in Tumor-Related Epilepsy

December 9: SIG: Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures (PNES): Where is the Silver Lining in Psychogenic Non-epileptic Seizures? Mortality, Disability, Symptom Substitution, Variable Treatment Responses



- On February 10, the Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group celebrated and brought awareness to epilepsy on the International Epilepsy Day!  See the little article earlier in the newsletter to read over the details.


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