Author: DENT Neurologic Institute

Break the stigma; mental health in sports is just as essential as physical health

Despite efforts to bring more awareness mental health, a stigma persists both socially and in athletic culture. Below, Michael Asbach, a Doctorlly trained Psychiatric Physician Assistant at DENT Behavioral Health, answers some questions about mental health and sports.

 

How big of a role does mental health play in sports?

Mental health has an impact on nearly every aspect of our lives. When our mental health is good, we are primed to perform at our peak. But when mental health is less than optimal, everything in life can be more difficult, including our performance in sports. Sports and mental health have a complicated relationship. For most, participating in sports will have a beneficial influence on mental health, reducing the risk of depression and anxiety. But the stress and high pressure of competition can negatively influence mental health, especially for athletes who perform at a very high level.

 

Mental Health in sports is just as essential as Physical Health

As a society, we have come a long way in reducing the stigma of mental health. Unfortunately, there is still much work to be accomplished. We have heard several high-profile athletes recently open up about their mental health struggles, including the impact mental health has had on their performance. The courage of these athletes has been met with a mixed response. Mental health should not be viewed any differently than a physical injury. We no longer celebrate a football quarterback shaking off a head injury to stay in the game, and similarly, we should not criticize athletes who come forward with mental health struggles.

While a famous athlete may not read our social media posts or hear us talking negatively about them to our friends, someone else who is silently struggling with mental illness might. Approximately 1 in 5 adults struggle with mental health and nearly 50% of Americans will struggle with a mental health-related issue at some point in their life. Our critical words regarding famous athletes and their mental health may make it harder for others to have the confidence and courage to come forward and seek mental health care.

 

When do we know we have reached our limits?

If an athlete over-trains physically, they will reach a point where it causes more harm than benefit. Muscles will break down without a chance to recover, the athlete will expose themselves to a higher risk of injury. Similarly, athletes must take care of their mental wellness to maintain peak performance. Athletes and coaches must watch for signs of mental distress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, feelings of dread associated with the practice, a dislike for the sport they used to enjoy. Athletes need to take care of their mental health and this can include things such as taking days off, participating in activities outside of their sport, taking breaks during training sessions, meeting with a sports psychologist or mental performance coach, maintaining strong family and social bonds, and many other aspects of self-care.

 

What are the next steps to have a successful mental recovery?

If someone experiences a mental health issue in sports, one of the best things is to take a step back. Sports, especially at a high level, can be stressful and consume much of your free time. It is difficult to focus on mental health recovery while also still trying to practice and perform every day. If someone sprains an ankle, they take time off from practicing and allow the ankle to recover. If someone experiences a mental health difficulty, it should be treated similarly.

 

How big of a role does your coach have on your mental health?

A good coach can provide a strong and positive influence on an athlete’s career and life more broadly. But a bad coach can cause the athlete to lose their passion for the sport, or even worse, develop mental health issues. We have all experienced or heard stories of coaches who scream curses, and intimate athletes to “motivate” them to perform. This is simply wrong and counterproductive. Coaches should focus on the positive, help athletes find internal motivation, and emphasize the positive aspects of the athlete’s efforts and performance.

How can coaches better prepare themselves?

Thankfully, there are many wonderful resources to help coaches become more mentally health aware. Project Play through the Aspen Institute (https://www.aspenprojectplay.org/) is an excellent resource for youth coaches with many different articles on optimizing both physical and emotional well-being.

 

What conversations should coaches and teams have to open the mental health dialogue?

Coaches can help de-stigmatize mental health struggles by proactively talking about them with their athletes. Ensuring that athletes feel comfortable disclosing both physical and mental injuries to their coaching staff is an essential part of competent coaching. If an athlete feels the need to hide an injury, they risk further, more serious injury, but also will not be able to perform at their physical and emotional best.

 

How can you approach a teammate who might be off mentally?

If you notice a teammate who might be struggling with a mental injury, it can be intimidating to reach out to them. However, these conversations are often less awkward than initially feared. The athlete may be relieved to have a safe space to share if they are struggling and will appreciate the knowledge that their teammates care for them. If you are concerned about a teammate but don’t feel comfortable talking to them, let a coach know that you’re concerned. The key is that if you think something is wrong, you should say something.

 

 


Our goal at the DENT Neurologic Institute is to expand psychiatric services and to improve psychiatric care in Western New York. We treat adult patients for a wide range of mental illnesses and addiction disorders, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and more. Click here to learn more about DENT Behavioral Health

 

2021 Neurodiagnostic Week

Neurodiagnostic Week 2021 takes place from April 18-24. At DENT Neurologic Institute, this is one of many ways we can honor and celebrate our Neurodiagnostic professionals for their contributions by demonstrating their value to quality healthcare.

The purpose of the week is to acknowledge the year-round efforts of the Neurodiagnostic professionals around the world. It is an opportunity to educate others, recruit new students into the profession, and to promote Neurodiagnostic awareness in the community. It is also a great time to celebrate the individual accomplishments of Neurodiagnostic technologists everywhere.

 

What do Neurodiagnostic technologists do?

Neurodiagnostic Techs record and study the electrical activity of the brain and nervous system in a variety of ways. They work with patients who have diagnoses of epilepsy, coma, sleep disorders, tumors, strokes, and countless more diseases, injuries, and conditions of the central and peripheral nervous systems.

Procedures performed include electroencephalography, evoked potentials, intraoperative neuromonitoring, long-term monitoring, nerve conduction studies and polysomnography or sleep studies.

 

Electroencephalogram (EEG)

An EEG, the most common test performed, detects electrical activity in the brain. This non-invasive procedure is used to help diagnose a wide array of disorders, including seizure disorders, head injuries, brain tumors, infections, degenerative diseases and metabolic disturbances.

The test involves recording and evaluating electrical activity of the brain, detected through electrodes attached to your scalp that are connected by wires to a computer. The computer will record your brain’s electrical activity represented as wavy lines. During the test, you will lie in a prone position in a relaxed and quiet atmosphere. While in the recording phase of your test, you may be asked to complete simple tasks, such as opening and closing your eyes.

 

Polysomnography (Sleep Study)

Your head is measured so that all electrodes fit comfortably and securely. Removable marks are made on your scalp where electrodes will be placed. Several others are placed on your chest and legs. Special jelly is applied to each electrode, which is then glued to your scalp and skin with an air blower. To measure your breathing, a plastic belt is placed around your chest. Wires are placed by your nose and mouth to monitor air flow during breathing, and a probe to measure the oxygen saturation of your blood is taped to your finger. Set-up may take 30 minutes or more.

 

Neurodiagnostic & COVID-19

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic evolves, healthcare providers and research experts are learning more about how this virus impacts us. Initially thought to primarily affect the respiratory system, it is now known to be linked to several neurological conditions and is given little media attention. According to a survey ASET conducted in December 2020, Neurodiagnostic technologists witnessed a range of neurological symptoms amongst patients who tested positive or were under investigation for COVID-19.

 

Neurodiagnostic Week is sponsored by the ASET – The Neurodiagnostic Society and is celebrated annually during the third week of April.

How aging can change your cannabis routine

Read the full article here on leafy.com

 

When I first started consuming cannabis, I was a 21-year-old college student. My cannabis routine consisted primarily of shared bowls, bongs, and blunts packed with THC-dominant cannabis flower, and I typically only consumed on nights and weekends.

Just as it does now, cannabis helped me relieve stress, anxiety, pain, and depressive symptoms back then. It helped me fall asleep faster and sleep better as well. But in the near-decade that’s passed since my first toke, aging has changed my cannabis routine in so many ways. Everything from my preferred method of cannabis consumption to my dosing preferences to my THC tolerance is completely different now.

Just as it does now, cannabis helped me relieve stress, anxiety, pain, and depressive symptoms back then. It helped me fall asleep faster and sleep better as well. But in the near-decade that’s passed since my first toke, aging has changed my cannabis routine in so many ways. Everything from my preferred method of cannabis consumption to my dosing preferences to my THC tolerance is completely different now……..read more on the original article

 

Vaccines and Pain/Fever Medicines

Dr. Gengo shares information from a recent article. The use of Motrin and Tylenol when getting a vaccine possibly may have a negative impact on the immune response to the vaccine.

The recommendations:

  1. Use those medications only if needed.
  2. Using the medications before the vaccine to prevent side effects seems to have the most noticeable impact.
  3. Tylenol use a few hours after injection does not seem to have a negative impact on immune response.

Important notes:

  • Do NOT interrupt daily aspirin therapy.
  • If you take daily aspirin for cardiovascular or cerebrovascular protection do not skip your aspirin because of your COVID vaccine
  • If you are taking aspirin 81 mg daily this is not a high enough dose to produce an antipyretic or anti-inflammatory effect and should not compromise your vaccine
  • If you are taking aspirin 325 mg daily , take your last dose of aspirin the MORNING before your vaccine and then take your aspirin at least 4 -6 hours after your vaccine on the day of inoculation

 

In summary, do not shy away from using Tylenol after vaccine administration if need and try to avoid Motrin and Tylenol as prophylactic treatment before the vaccine. The full article can be found here.

Covid-19 Vaccine Myths & Facts

By: Bennett Myers, MD, Director of DENT Multiple Sclerosis & Immunology Center and the DENT Spasticity Clinic.

The following information is from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. It is considered by many to be the top health care center in the world.

The 2 vaccines available have already been given to over 10 million Americans. Outside of very rare serious allergic reactions, no dangerous side effects have been found.  Some side effects experienced were: sore arms, flu like symptoms (usually mild after first shot, mild to moderate after second) lasting from one to several days frequently occur.

Over 400,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 since February 2020, even if you are young, healthy, and low risk, you interact with people who are not (at home, at work, and in the community). COVID-19 may not kill you, but it can kill people you come in contact with. Only if enough of us get vaccinated will this pandemic end.

 

Let’s set the record straight on some of the myths circulating about COVID-19 vaccines.

 

Myth: The COVID-19 vaccine is not safe because it was rapidly developed and tested.
Fact: Many pharmaceutical companies invested significant resources into quickly developing a vaccine for COVID-19 because of the world-wide impact of the pandemic. The emergency situation warranted an emergency response, but that does not mean that companies bypassed safety protocols or didn’t perform adequate testing.

Doctors will recommend the use of those vaccines that we are confident are safe. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were created using a novel technology based on the molecular structure of the virus. The novel methodology to develop a COVID-19 vaccine allows it to be free from materials of animal origin and synthesized by an efficient, cell-free process without preservatives. The vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTecH has been studied in over 43,000 people.

To receive emergency use authorization, the vaccines must be proven safe and effective. The FDA and an Advisory Committee on Immunization made up of a panel of vaccine safety experts independently evaluated the safety data from the clinical trials. The safety of COVID-19 vaccines continues to be closely monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA.

 

Myth: I already had COVID-19 and I have recovered, so I don’t need to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Fact: There is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again. This is called natural immunity. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this. The CDC recommends getting the COVID-19 vaccine, even if you’ve had COVID-19 previously. However, those that had COVID-19 should delay vaccination until about 90 days from diagnosis. People should not get vaccinated if in quarantine after exposure or if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

 

Myth: There are severe side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Fact: There are short-term mild or moderate vaccine reactions that resolve without complication or injury. About 15% of people developed short lived symptoms at the site of the injection. 50% developed systemic reactions primarily headache, chills, fatigue or muscle pain or fever lasting for a day or two. Keep in mind that these side effects are indicators that your immune system is responding to the vaccine and are common when receiving vaccines.

 

Myth: I won’t need to wear a mask after I get vaccinated for COVID-19.
Fact: It will take time for everyone who wants a COVID-19 vaccination to get one. Also, while the vaccine may prevent you from getting sick, it is unknown at this time if you can still carry and transmit the virus to others. Until more is understood about how well the vaccine works, continuing with precautions such as mask-wearing and physical distancing will be important.

 

Myth: More people will die as a result of a negative side effect to the COVID-19 vaccine than would actually die from the virus.
Fact: Circulating on social media is the claim that COVID-19’s mortality rate is 1%-2% and that people should not be vaccinated against a virus with a high survival rate. However, a 1% mortality rate is 10 times more lethal than the seasonal flu. In addition, the mortality rate can vary widely and is influenced by age, sex and underlying health condition.
While some people that receive the vaccine may develop symptoms as their immune system responds, remember that this is common when receiving any vaccine and not considered serious or life-threatening. You cannot get COVID-19 infection from the COVID-19 vaccines; they are not live viruses.
It’s important to recognize that getting the vaccine is not just about survival from COVID-19. It’s about preventing spread of the virus to others and preventing infection that can lead to long-term negative health effects. While no vaccine is 100% effective, they are far better than not getting a vaccine. The benefits certainly outweigh the risks, even in healthy people.

Myth: The COVID-19 vaccine was developed to control the general population either through microchip tracking or “nanotransducers” in our brains.
Fact: There is no vaccine microchip, and the vaccine will not track people or gather personal information into a database.

This myth started after comments made by Bill Gates from The Gates Foundation about a digital certificate of vaccine records. The technology he was referencing is not a microchip, has not been implemented in any manner and is not tied to the development, testing or distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

 

Myth: COVID-19 vaccines will alter my DNA.
Fact: The first COVID-19 vaccines to reach the market are messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines. According to the CDC, mRNA vaccines work by instructing cells in the body how to make a protein that triggers an immune response. Injecting mRNA into your body will not interact or do anything to the DNA of your cells. Human cells break down and get rid of the mRNA soon after they have finished using the instructions.

 

Myth: COVID-19 vaccines were developed using fetal tissue.
Fact: Neither the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine nor the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines contain fetal cells, nor were fetal cells used the development or production of either vaccine.

 

Myth: COVID-10 vaccines cause infertility or miscarriage.
Fact: No, COVID-19 vaccines have not been linked to infertility or miscarriage.

A sophisticated disinformation campaign has been circulating online, claiming that antibodies to the spike protein of COVID-19 produced from these vaccines will bind to placental proteins and prevent pregnancy. This disinformation is thought to originate from internet postings by a former scientist known to hold anti-vaccine views. A similar lie has spread previously about other vaccines, including the polio, measles, and ebola vaccines.

These postings are not scientifically plausible, as COVID-19 infection has not been linked to infertility. Also, no other viral infection or vaccination-inducing immunity by similar mechanisms has been shown to cause infertility. Antibodies to the spike protein have not been linked to infertility after COVID-19 infection. There is no scientific reason to believe this will change after vaccination for COVID-19.
While there are no formal studies, the best evidence comes from women who got sick with COVID-19 while pregnant. While data clearly indicate pregnant women are at higher risk of hospitalization due to COVID-19 infection, there is no evidence of increased miscarriage rates.
During natural infection, the immune system generates the same antibodies to the spike protein that COVID-19 vaccines would. Thus, if COVID-19 affected fertility, there already would be an increase in miscarriage rates in women infected with COVID-19. This has not happened.

 

Myth: I am allergic to eggs so I shouldn’t get the COVID-19 vaccine
Fact: Neither the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine nor the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines contain egg nor were eggs used the development or production of either vaccine. However, those with severe allergic reactions to eggs or any other substance (i.e., anaphylaxis) are encouraged to remain after vaccination for 30 minutes for observation.

 

Myth: COVID-19 vaccines must be stored at extremely low temperatures because of preservatives in the vaccines.
Fact: Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna have reported that their vaccines contain no preservatives.

Different vaccines have different storage requirements. For instance, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine must be stored at minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 70 degrees Celsius), while Moderna has said that its vaccine needs to be stored at minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 20 degrees Celsius). Both of these vaccines use messenger RNA, or mRNA, to teach your cells how to make a protein that will trigger an immune response to COVID-19. However, messenger RNA is fragile and can break down easily. Storing messenger RNA vaccines, like these COVID-19 vaccines, in an ultracold environment keeps them stable and safe.

 

UB partners with CW Labs to advance cannabinoid science

UB partners with CW Labs to advance cannabinoid science

The original article can be found here.

UB’s Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences (CIGBS) will partner with Charlotte’s Web Labs (CW Labs) on a research initiative to advance understanding of the therapeutic uses of cannabinoids.

The multidisciplinary research program will bring together researchers from UB, University of the West Indies and University of Zimbabwe to develop safe and optimized approaches to cannabinoid therapy. CW Labs is a subsidiary of Charlotte’s Web, a manufacturer of hemp-derived cannabinoid products.

The initiative builds on the research of Gene Morse, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and CIGBS director.

The CIGBS is an international hub that addresses global health challenges through pharmacological research, education and training, and drug and vaccine development.

“These scientists will contribute to a global understanding of cannabinoid replacement therapy approaches,” Morse explains. “They bring global expertise in areas such as cellular transport mechanisms that influence cannabinoid distribution throughout the body, clinical pharmacology mechanisms that contribute to different responses among individuals, and drug interactions between cannabinoids and commonly used medications.”

The collaboration will be co-lead by Morse and Jeffrey Lombardo, research assistant professor of pharmacy practice and CIGBS project coordinator for cannabinoid sciences.

Additional UB investigators include Laszlo Mechtler, clinical professor of oncology and neurology in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB, and Jason Sprowl, assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Researchers from the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica, include Marvin Reid, director of the Tropical Metabolism Research Unit; Thejani Delgoda, professor and director of the Natural Products Institute; and Wendel Abel, professor and head of community health and psychiatry. Charles Maponga, director of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Zimbabwe, is also an investigator.

Dementia, COVID & the Holidays | Alzheimer’s Association

Navigating the Holidays and Alzheimer’s in the COVID-19 Era

Information via the Alzheimer’s Association

With COVID-19 surging across the country, families are struggling with decisions about the upcoming holiday season—weighing concerns about the safety of traveling and gathering with the desire to spend time with friends and relatives. For families who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, these decisions are even harder, especially since many families have forgone visits with grandparents, parents, and older relatives since COVID-19 began. The emotional pull to see and spend time with these loved ones during the holiday season is felt very keenly. To help families in their decision-making, a team of Alzheimer’s Association care consultants created this guide of tips and things to consider. We hope you will find it useful.

 

Start Now to Plan and Prepare for the Holidays

Discuss. Schedule a family Zoom or FaceTime to talk about upcoming holiday celebrations and visiting a loved one with dementia. If there is a family member serving as the primary caregiver for the loved one, be sure to include them in the discussion.

Consult. Check the CDC website—cdc.gov—for COVID19 guidelines on visits with individuals deemed higher risk/vulnerable.

Consider. Think about what is best for the person with dementia and assess the risks of various options for family gatherings and in-person visits.

Decide. Reach a consensus among family members and make a decision for the holidays that everyone supports. Plan Map out how you’ll celebrate the season and divide up responsibilities and assignments to make it happen

 

Planning for virtual holiday celebrations

Start right away to create an enjoyable and meaningful holiday season by utilizing technology and Zoom/Facebook offerings to bring the family together. Find out the current device being used by the person with the disease and their caregiver.

It may be necessary for the family to consider purchasing a new, updated device to make viewing and participation in virtual activities more enjoyable. (Note this could be a joint family holiday gift for the loved one.) To ensure the person with the disease and their caregiver are able to participate in virtual events, arrange for training.

For instance, seniorplanet.org is a nonprofit that offers free videos and classes for seniors to learn technology. Identify one or two family members who can serve as the point persons to coordinate the details and logistics of the various virtual offerings.

Create a line-up of fun, entertaining, and emotional video programs throughout the season: Cook favorite dishes together virtually in the days leading up to the holiday. Share the holiday meal by having the loved one and their caregiver join your family virtually. Recreate family rituals in the new virtual space by saying a special blessing or having everyone around the virtual table say what they are grateful for this year.

Organize a series of musical performances where children play a musical instrument or sing holiday songs. These performances can be live or recorded as a video and shared with the loved one. Schedule virtual baking sessions with the loved one during the holiday season. Introduce new holiday traditions virtually, such as Couch Caroling, Gingerbread House Construction Competition, etc.

Play a family favorite game or find a new one to try over Zoom or FaceTime. Synchronize a virtual watch party of a cherished holiday movie via an online streaming service

 

Planning for a safe visit

Check the CDC website—cdc.gov—for the latest COVID-19 guidelines on visits with individuals deemed higher risk/vulnerable. Avoid or minimize any type of travel for the person with dementia during this busy travel season.

Even car trips present risks, such as rest stops and restaurants. Restrict the number of individuals who will visit during the holidays.

Visitors must fully commit to adhering to the guidelines—pre-visit and during the visit—such as quarantining for the appropriate time period prior to the visit, wearing a mask and maintaining safe social distancing during the visit, etc. Make sure your loved one with dementia wears a mask when visitors are in the home.

If they refuse or are unable to wear a mask, maintain social distance in a well-ventilated area and ensure everyone else is wearing a mask. Consider having one family member be the official holiday helper for your loved one with dementia.

This should be someone who practices social distancing on a regular basis and is able to commit fully to the necessary safety precautions. If another relative serves as the loved one’s primary caregiver, the official holiday helper could provide much-needed assistance and respite for them.

 

Communicating about holiday plans

Involve the loved one with dementia in the planning as much as possible and as appropriate to the stage of dementia.

If the person has early-stage dementia, inform them of changes early and repeat as necessary to help them adjust.

If the person is in the middle to late stages, it may be more appropriate to address the new plans as they happen to avoid unnecessary confusion and stress.

Keep in mind that for someone with advanced dementia, it is not necessary to talk about the pandemic. Instead, simply remind them that there is a flu bug going around. Therefore, masks will be worn, or some visitors will not be coming as in previous years.

 

How to support a caregiver you won’t be seeing over the holidays

Be in touch with the caregiver on a regular basis—at a time that works best for them and allows enough time to talk.

Talk with a caregiver about what they need and how you can support them; and even help to develop a specific list. Share the list with others in the family.

Depending on how far away you live, consider going to the home for a day, and doing outside tasks—yard work, home repairs, putting up outside holiday decorations.

Find out if there are specific tasks that can be taken off their plate—gift buying, Christmas cards, etc.

 

Making the holidays meaningful for a loved one in a long-term care community

Check into the policies for visiting on the specific holidays.

If you need to sign up for visits on the holidays, be sure to do that as soon as possible.

Inquire about the community’s plans for the holiday season, such as festive activities and decorations.

Ask if presents or food items can be sent to residents.

Find out whether there are audio-visual capabilities in your loved one’s room or whether they have access to community equipment. Then consider sending them a mobile tablet and/or small CD player and also holiday song lists or classic movies. (Either digitally or on CD/DVD.)

 

Gift ideas for a loved one with dementia and a family caregiver

  1. Make a holiday scrapbook full of photos from holidays past and send that to the person with dementia prior to the holidays. This will help them to feel love and connected.
  2. Ask the caregiver for a gift list for the person with dementia and arrange for the items to be sent to the house. Ask the caregiver for their own gift list and then arrange to have gifts sent to the house.
  3. Create a family video montage. Ask the family to record short clips and ask a tech-savvy family member to put it together.
  4. Encourage family/friends to give different gifts this year, such as a weekly phone call for the entire year or a monthly card.
  5. Consider sending a monthly delivery of a home-cooked or restaurant-purchased meal. Look into gift cards for household or yard work services. Think ahead to what might be helpful for the rest of the year.
  6. Have someone in the family design a family mask and give one to all family members.

 

 

You can view the article here.

DENT’s Family/Caregiver Policy during COVID

The Dent’s Family/Caregiver Policy during COVID is that we are limiting access to patients only unless absolutely necessary due to the size of our examination rooms and the need to remain as socially distant as possible for the health and safety of our patients and staff.

Exceptions to this rule are patient’s that are under the age of 18 and must have a parent present for their appointment or for patients that have a medical condition that requires them to have a caregiver with them for their appointment. In these instances one visitor will be permitted in the office with the patient, additional guests will be asked to wait in their vehicle.

If you have any questions or concerns related to this policy, feel free to reach out to your provider team via the MyDentChart patient portal.

MIND Clinic Lecture Series

The MIND clinic is pleased to able to announce the establishment of a neuroscience lecture series that will be held every other Friday. This will be a webinar based lecture series by esteemed colleagues from United States, Hungary and Europe.

The one hour lecture will be held on Friday’s at 8 AM (ET). This would be 2 PM (Hungary time). The lecture itself will be 45 minutes long with 15 minutes for questions via chat. A list of topics and lectures will be forwarded in the upcoming weeks. The official language will be English.

This lecture series is supported by MIND clinic, Hungarian American Society of America (HMAA), DENT Neurologic Institute and PADME. The logistics of the meeting will be forwarded in upcoming correspondence.

The purpose of this lecture series is to allow neurologists, neuroscientists and interested colleagues the opportunity to meet the greatest minds of today in the field of neurology. Presenters will include internationally known thought leaders.

The MIND clinic has been established to promote educational and scientific values among residents, fellows and medical colleagues. This is especially important in today’s world of social distancing and the inability to hold academic meetings.

The first lecture will be held on October 16, 2020 and the subject will be:

“The Role of CGRP in the Treatment of Migraine”,
Laszlo Mechtler MD, FAAN, FAHS, FASN, FEAN.
Professor of Neurology and Oncology
Medical Director of MIND and DENT
Past President of HMAA and ASN

DENT Neurologic Institute and BryLin Behavioral Health System to Enhance Mental Health Services in Western New York

PRESS RELEASE Buffalo, NY
July 12, 2020

DENT Neurologic Institute and BryLin Behavioral Health System, Inc. have coordinated a
Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the support to patients in our community
especially as many individuals are suffering from severe depression during these most difficult
times.

“This is a partnership that WNY deserves with the top private neurology and psychiatry
practices combining resources and building relationships that will benefit the Buffalo community
and beyond” Dr. Laszlo Mechtler, Medical Director Dent Neurologic Institute.

The DENT Institute has been a leading provider of comprehensive neurological care in the
Western New York region for over fifty years. Our goal at the DENT Neurologic Institute is to
expand psychiatric services and to improve psychiatric care in Western New York including
Buffalo, Amherst, and Orchard Park. We treat adult patients for a wide range of mental illnesses
and addiction disorders, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and
more. Over the years, our psychiatric team has continued to grow, which has allowed for
increased access to care as well as the expansion of Interventional Psychiatry services such as
TMS, Ketamine Infusion Services, esketamine, and psychotherapy.

“The current global health crisis has truly underscored the necessity of collaboration to preserve
and maximize our valuable medical resources. Dent Neurologic Institute and BryLin have
provided a prime example of our best instincts that we can be proud off. It is through such
progressive thought and action that we can overcome even the greatest challenge,” states
Horacio A. Capote, MD, Director, Division of Neuropsychiatry Dent Neurologic Institute
BryLin Behavioral Health System, with its two comprehensive treatment locations, is recognized
as an industry leader in behavioral health care throughout Upstate New York. At BryLin
Hospital, in downtown Buffalo, inpatient mental health care is provided for children, adolescents,
adults and older adults in crisis, struggling with various mental illnesses.

 

The Hospital is also home to the only ambulatory center for both inpatient and outpatient Electroconvulsive Therapy
(ECT) in Western New York, considered to be the most effective and rapidly acting treatment
today for major depression and other mental illnesses. At BryLin’s Behavioral Health Center, in
Williamsville, both outpatient mental health and substance use disorder care are offered using
evidence-based practices and specific treatment models, interventions, and technique.
Individuals of all ages, from child and adolescent to adults, heal from the impact of traumatic
stress. In this ever-changing field of behavioral health, BryLin continues to monitor the needs of
the community with an eye on future expansion of services and collaboration.

“Our dedicated staff, through the compassionate care they provide to our patients, are the
foundation to BryLin’s success as we strive to be the premier mental health provider in the
region”, says Eric D. Pleskow, BryLin President & CEO and founder’s son. “We have had a
long-term collegial relationship with the DENT Neurologic Institute through our collaboration.
Our energies are focused on having patient-centered care that brings respect and dignity to the
patients and families we care for who are affected by mental health issues.”

Dr. Sanjay Gupta comments, “This partnership will ultimately benefit our patients in Western
New York improving access to psychiatric care bringing novel and effective treatments providing
new hope.”

For more information, please contact:

Maria Caserta, Director of Marketing and Community Outreach, Dent Neurologic Institute at
716.310.1684 or mcaserta@dentinstitute.com

Mark Nowak, Director of Marketing, BryLin Behavioral Health System, at 716.604.2893 or
mnowak@brylin.com.

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