November community education programs to address epilepsy and low back pain


Beaumont Health System and its Neuroscience Center of Excellence have expanded their fall community education series to help area residents better understand neurologic conditions and their treatments. The Nov. 8 program at Beaumont Medical Center, Sterling Heights will address epilepsy and the Nov. 27 presentation at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak will focus on low back pain.

While there are no fees to attend these programs, registration is required. To register, call 800-633-7377 or go online at

On Nov. 8 Cindy Leino-Handford, R.N., education and advocacy specialist, Epilepsy Foundation Michigan will present, "Seizure Smart." The program includes epilepsy awareness and training for parents, school staff and first responders. It begins at 6 p.m. in the Outpatient Services Center, classrooms A and B, Beaumont Medical Center, Sterling Heights, 44250 Dequindre Road. The classrooms are behind the café. The medical center is across the street from Beaumont Hospital, Troy.

Says Leino-Handford, "My program combats the stigma and misinformation about epilepsy. Those attending will also learn to recognize the three most common types of seizures and how to respond."

The Epilepsy Foundation has proclaimed November as National Epilepsy Awareness Month. The theme is "Get Seizure Smart."

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, epilepsy and seizures affect more than 3 million Americans of all ages. Nearly 200,000 new cases occur each year.

Epilepsy is a brain disorder. When clusters of brain nerve cells, or neurons, signal abnormally they can cause unusual sensations, emotions and behavior; or convulsions, muscle spasms, seizures and loss of consciousness. Epilepsy can have many causes including illness, brain damage and abnormal brain development.

Beaumont's Epilepsy Monitoring Unit offers state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities and physician consultation for adults and children. It is staffed with board-certified neurologists.

Mick Perez-Cruet, M.D., director, Minimally Invasive Neuro-Spine Surgery, Beaumont, Royal Oak, will address low back pain at the Nov. 27 program. Attendees will learn about low back pain symptoms and available treatments. The program will feature a question-and-answer session with Dr. Perez-Cruet, a neuroscience nurse practitioner and a physical medicine/rehabilitation specialist. It begins at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building Auditorium at Beaumont Hospital, 3711 W. 13 Mile Road in Royal Oak.

For more information on these programs, call 248-551-2315 or email the Neuroscience Center of Excellence

The Neurology department at Beaumont treats all neurological diseases, including stroke, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and migraine, among others. Beaumont also has a Myasthenia Gravis Treatment Center; a Neurology Clinic; a Neuromuscular Clinic for children; neuroradiology; and clinical neurophysiology. Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak is recognized on U.S. News and World Report's 2012-13 list of "America's Best Hospitals" for neurology and neurosurgery.

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