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Newsletter December, 2010   01
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 nine 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, epilepsy nurse practitioners, a specially trained nutritionist and epilepsy advocates.

SUDEP stands for Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy.

SUDEP is believed to be the cause of approximately 10% of seizure related deaths. Unfortunately, due to the unpredictable nature of SUDEP it remains an understudied phenomena. Although all patients with Epilepsy are at some risk for SUDEP, research suggests several populations of patients who are at increased risk. Dr. Danielle McBrian, pediatric epileptologist, will talk to us about the topic.

What can be done to prevent SUDEP? More recently, a growing number of electronic and mechanical devices are being marketed as an added safeguard for patients with seizures and Epilepsy. In theory they could lower the chance of SUDEP by reducing the response time in which medical care is administered. Over the next few issues, we will discuss several available devices in no particular order. We do not endorse any of these and are solely discussing them for informative purposes. The EMFIT movement monitor will be discussed in this issue.

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NEREG earned several honors in 2010 that we want to share with you
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NEREG is designated officially in 2010 as a Tuberous Sclerosis and Dravet Syndrome Referral Center

NEREG was granted the designation of Certified Level 4 Epilepsy Center in three of its hospital programs! That now makes four with Hackensack University Medical Center’s Level 4 designation

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NEREG and its patients have been really busy all of 2010
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We organized and participated in a lot of Epilepsy Walks, educational conferences for patients, booths, and even sponsored a baseball game at Dutchess Stadium to promote epilepsy awareness.

» BOOTHS are important ways to reach a diverse group of people who happen to be at a walk or a health fair.

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New memory treatment program for persons with epilepsy.
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Memory deficits are the most frequently-measured cognitive impairments in epilepsy patients (1). The prevalence of memory problems in patients with refractory epilepsy has been estimated to be as high as 20 to 50% (2). In fact, more than 50% of the patients who are referred for neuropsychological assessment report memory difficulties in daily life (2).

In order to address this very troubling complaint, earlier this year, the Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group began offering its patients a six-week group program that focuses on learning about memory processes and providing training in use of compensatory strategies for improvement of memory functions in everyday life.

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Support Groups


All our support groups are back up and running for the next 10 months!


First Monday of every month - 4:45 pm
White Plains
333 Westchester Avenue
Suite E104
White Plains, NY 10604

First Tuesday of every month - 4:45 pm
Conference Room
20 Prospect Ave.
Suite 800
Hackensack, NJ 07601


2nd Tuesday of Every Month - 6:30 pm
Wallkill Medical Arts Building
390 Crystal Run Road - Suite 102
Middletown, NY 10941

3rd Friday of Every Month - 12 pm
Overlook Hospital Neuroscience
Conference Center, 99 Beauvoir Avenue
Summit, NJ 07902

3rd Monday of Every Month - 6 pm
737 Castleton Ave
Staten Island, NY 10310
(two blocks from Richmond University Medical Center)

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

3rd Thursday of Every Month - 6:30 pm
Hackensack University Medical Center
20 Prospect Avenue - Suite 800
Main Conference Room
Hackensack, NJ 07601

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


Primer lunes de cada mes - 6 pm
White Plains
333 Westchester Avenue
Suite E104
White Plains, NY 10604

Primer martes de cada mes - 6 pm
Salon de Conferencia
20 Prospect Ave.
Suite 800
Hackensack, NJ 07601


3rd Monday of every month - 10:00 am
Wallkill Medical Arts Building
390 Crystal Run Road - Suite 102
Middletown, NY 10941


Lorna Myers, Ph.D.
212-661-7460, option 5


Stay Tuned for upcoming events:
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1) NEREG will have several teams participating in Epilepsy Walks in 2011.
a. Epilepsy Walk in Washington, DC: March 27, 2011. Epilepsy Lifelinks/Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group will have a team that we would love for you to join! We are working on having transportation for our team so remember to check in soon.
b. Walk for a Brighter Tomorrow in NJ
c. Stroll for Epilepsy in Northeast NY

2) NEREG will be organizing multiple patient education programs this upcoming year in association with the Epilepsy Foundation of NJ, including one at St Peter’s University Hospital and another at Hackensack University Medical Center. There will be many more in other locations so stay tuned.

3) January 29 from 9-12PM.  Epilepsy Educational Program for Patients and Loved Ones. Jersey City Medical Center. Organized along with the Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey.  There will be simultaneous sessions in English and Spanish. Check our website under Events for all the details.


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