When: June 6th, 2012, 4:00PM
Where: Luger Rehab Center, Graf Community Room, Scranton, PA

June is National Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month. In recognition of this, the North American Chapter of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) and Allied Services Integrated Health System are holding Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Day in NEPA on June 6th at Allied Rehab in Scranton. Scott M. Friedenberg, MD will be guest speaker at the event.

About Myasthenia Gravis

Myasthenia Gravis (MG) comes from the Greek and Latin words meaning “grave muscular weakness.” It is an autoimmune neuromuscular disease that affects all ages, races and genders. MG symptoms include weakness in muscles that control eye movements and eyelids, chewing, swallowing, coughing, facial expressions, arm and leg movements, and breathing.

The prevalence of MG in the US is estimated to be 20 myasthenics per 100,000 people. According to MGFA, 70,000-140,000 individuals are currently diagnosed as having MG. Yet many thousands remain undiagnosed mainly due to the fact that MG may be difficult to diagnose under certain circumstances. MGFA states that more than 200 individuals have been registered with their organization in eastern Pennsylvania alone.

There is no known cure for MG, but there is treatment. Because MG is a chronic, progressive illness, it is recommended that those experiencing symptoms seek medical consultation from a neurologist or ophthalmologist.

The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, Inc.

The mission of the MGFA is to find a cure for MG and closely related disorders, to improve treatment options, to provide information, and to support people with MG through research, education, community programs, and advocacy. To learn more, visit Myasthenia.org.

Stress can exacerbate the symptoms of myasthenics, and can negatively impact their lives, as well as the lives of their families and loved ones. To help alleviate stress as well as provide information, the North American Chapter of the MGFA has formed a support group in Scranton, which is held at Allied Rehab, as well as in Danville. For information on the support groups, call Vera Krewsun at 570-687-6009.

The MG Awareness Day Presenters

Guest speaker Dr. Scott M. Friedenberg, a neurologist with Geisinger Health System in Danville, is a graduate of Temple University of Medicine and is board certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology. He specializes in the treatment of MG.

Dr. Friedenberg has been named one of the Best Doctors® in 2011-2012. This group represents the top 5% of physicians chosen by a rigorous peer-to peer review of medical professionals with affiliations with the top medical institutions across the country. This group monitors current licensure, board certification and malpractice incidents, as well as specific expertise including special research and published work.

Marie Barrouk Monahan, SLP, Director of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Allied Services will also speak at the MG Awareness Day Event. She will provide information on swallowing disorders associated with MG, as well as the latest treatments available.

The MG Awareness Day Presentation

The presentation will be on Wednesday, June 6th, at 4:00PM. It will be held in the Graf Community Room, located in the Charles Luger Outpatient Center on Moffat Drive off the Morgan Highway in Scranton.

Throughout the first week of June, Allied Services Integrated Health System will provide information on MG at a variety of locations throughout Allied Rehab for its employees, patients, and visitors. Tables with literature will be stationed in the lobby and cafeteria in the Luger Outpatient Center on Moffat Drive, as well as the lobby and front nurse’s station on the second floor of the Allied Rehab Inpatient Hospital on Smallacombe Drive in Scranton.

For information on the presentation, call Debbie Clendening at 570-348-1222.