Properly Treating ADHD Requires a “Whole-Child” Approach
Why treating the whole child requires addressing all his or her problems, not just ADHD. BY DR. JEFFREY KORNITZER Published: November 13, 2021 It’s not just your imagination. The diagnosis of ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) has been steadily increasing over recent decades. In New Jersey, nearly 6 percent of children aged 4-17 years old are diagnosed with ADHD. While scientists and epidemiologists work to sort out the causes, many parents are left to deal with the reality: a child with ADHD. For many parents of a child with ADHD, the word “treatment” often triggers an image of a child becoming zombie-like on medication. Parents cannot be blamed for such an intrinsic reaction. Media images of ADHD and treatment of ADHD have been demonstrably biased, providing low-quality and poorly sourced information. Check out the full article here -
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Broken Promises to the People of Newark
Check out this article by Rosy C. Franklin, Ryan A. Behmer Hansen, Jean M. Pierce, Diomedes J. Tsitouras and Catherine A. Mazzola - "Broken Promises to the People of Newark: A Historical Review of the Newark Uprising, the Newark Agreements, and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School’s Commitments to Newark" -
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February 2022 Newsletter - Valentine's Day - Your Brain In Love
2/14-2/18 Take a selfie with a NJPNI team member to be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card! Winner will be announced Friday. Click Here to Make an Appointment Today
2/14-2/18 Take a selfie with a NJPNI team member to be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card! Winner will be announced Friday. Click Here to Make an Appointment Today

Don't forget to LOVE your brain ...

  • Get good sleep! Your brain needs rest to recharge.
  • Good nutrition is key!
  • Play puzzle and word games to keep your brain active.
  • Limit time on video games!
  • Wear a helmet where recommended (biking, skiing, sports, skateboarding)
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January 2022 Newsletter - Concussion Awareness: What is a concussion?

January Newsletter




Did you know... during the last five NFL seasons, an average of 247 concussions were reported per year?



CONCUSSION AWARENESS Come Visit Our Concussion Center

What is a concussion?


A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. A concussion can also occur by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells. This sudden movement is often called whiplash.

Patients who show or report one or more of the signs and symptoms listed below may have a concussion or more serious brain injury.

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How do I spot a concussion?

Common symptoms that may be reported by the athlete include:
  • Headache or “pressure” in the head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Not “feeling right”
Signs observed by parents, coaches, trainers or teammates include:
  • Appearing dazed or stunned
  • Can’t recall events PRIOR TO or AFTER a hit or fall
  • Confusion about assignment or position
  • Forgetting plays
  • Uncertainty of the game, score or opponent
  • Moving clumsily
  • Answering questions slowly
  • Losing consciousness
  • Showing behavioral or personality changes

What a concussion specialist will do to evaluate a concussion:


 At NJPNI, our highly specialized concussion providers will evaluate your child with a series of questions to determine what signs/symptoms your child exhibits. We will perform a thorough physical exam as well as an Impact test which is a computerized test that evaluates memory and reaction time which are often slowed with a head injury. Once all data is collected and exams are performed, we will formulate a recovery plan specific to your child’s needs to aid in recovery from the concussion. Each child’s recovery is a unique plan formulated with the provider, parents, child and school nurse.

We offer ImPACT testing


Concussion Management


Once a patient notices any of these signs/symptoms, the patient should immediately institute Brain Rest and Physical Rest as well as make an appointment with a concussion specialist for evaluation.

Brain Rest - limiting all electronic use, minimizing stimulation from light and noise, limit attending school or work as needed.

Physical Rest – no gym, no sports, no activities that increase heart rate.

Concussion or Headache Concerns? Request a Consultation



CDC The Brain Injury Association of America Think First: National Injury Prevention Foundation

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Nervous About Your Kids and Contact Sports? Follow These Tips

Football team member joining the game.

October 20, 2021 Clinical Contributors to this Story Catherine Mazzola, M.D. contributes to topics such as Pediatric Neurosurgery. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 3.5 million children under the age of 14 receive some type of treatment for sports injuries every year. One of the most serious injuries that can occur in youth sports is a concussion. If unrecognized or untreated, concussion can lead to long-term consequences such as depression or cognitive impairment. Because of this, it’s important for parents and children to understand the symptoms of concussion and take action to prevent it. Read the full article here -
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NJ Top Doctor award for 2022
Congrats to our very own Dr. Catherine Mazzola for being awarded with the NJ Top Doctor award for 2022. Dr. Mazzola is a recipient of this award for her outstanding care and patient reviews. We are all very proud to have achieved this prestigious award for our practices. Please visit us at, or
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OCTOBER NEWSLETTER - Halloween Safety & National ADHD Awareness Month

Halloween Safety & National ADHD Awareness Month


Remind your little ghosts, goblins, super heroes and fairy princesses to follow our tips for a safe and happy Halloween!
October is ADHD Awareness Month and is celebrated  with events and activities happening all across the country and now, around the world, on the ground and on the Internet, capturing the notice of numerous national, regional and local media outlets resulting in articles, interviews and feature stories.

We Hope Everyone Has a Fun Fall Season!


A Safe Halloween Is a Happy Halloween:

  • Stay in groups
  • Always accompany young children
  • Look both ways when crossing the street
  • Examine all treats before eating
  • Avoid dark houses
  • To hand out treats, consider using gloves! Drop the candy in each bag.
  • Make sure kids wear proper "masks" under their costume
  • Remind children not to share candy, drinks, or other treats
  • Enjoy with caution!
Experience an accidental head injury? Make an appt to see us today.

Prevent Halloween Injuries:

  • Adults should perform the actual carving of the pumpkin to avoid cuts
  • Pick costumes made from 100% synthetic material like nylon or polyester to avoid burns
  • Make sure makeup and glitter is nontoxic
  • Costumes should be well fitting to avoid falling
  • Flashlights or bright colored costumes for visibility to drivers
Halloween tips retrieved from

ADHD Awareness:

  • ADHD IS caused by chemical, structural, and connectivity differences in the brain, mostly as a result of genetics. It is NOT caused by poor parenting, falls, video games.
  • ADHD is comprised of:
    • deficits in behavioral inhibition
    • difficutly with sustained attention
    • resistance to distraction
    • challenges with regulation of one's activity level to the demands of a situation (hyperactivity or restlessness)
Want your child evaluated for ADHD? Make an appointment with Dr. Kornitzer 


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The Current Management of Epilepsy Patients
Join Us on Facebook Live! @njpni Thursday November 11, 2021 | 7-8 pm The Current Management of Epilepsy Patients PRESENTATIONS BY: Dr. Eric Segal; Pediatric Epileptologist Dr. Arno Fried; Pediatric Neurosurgeon Dr. Luke Tomycz; Pediatric Neurosurgeon Dr. John Collins; Pediatric Neurosurgeon Sponsored by LivaNova
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SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER - Back To School & Craniosynostosis Awareness

September 2021 Newsletter Welcome Back To School AND Craniosynostosis Awareness


Getting Back To School During The Pandemic

NJPNI wishes all our patients a safe and health academic school year in 2021! Here are some tips to get through the new year:
Get at least eight hours of sleep every night. Not enough sleep can make you irritable and cranky, and it can also make your stress and anxiety worse. Try to stick to a regular sleep schedule as much as possible, and make sure you’re getting enough rest so you can learn effectively at school every day. Set aside time to do activities you enjoy. Even though school is starting again, try to make some time for your hobbies so you can unwind and relax. If you’re too busy during the week, make some time on the weekends. You can play a card game, do crafts, read books, or go outside and hang out in nature. Ask your school administrators about what precautions they are taking. As schools make the decision to open back up during COVID-19, they may be implementing new procedures and policies to keep you or your child safe. If you haven’t received any news of changes in your schools, email or call the principal or administrator of your school about what they are doing differently. Some helpful questions to ask are: • What safety precautions is the school taking to keep students safe? • Will there be mental health services available to students this year if needed? • How will you enforce the safety measures in place during school?
*If your child is back in school and having ATTENTION ISSUES or HEADACHES. Please have them come see our pediatric neurologist, Dr. Jeffrey Kornitzer.*Make an Appointment Today
What Schools Can Do
1. Physical distancing (desks 3-6 feet apart) 2. Face masks 3. Hand hygiene 4. Cleaning and disinfecting 5. Healthy nutrition 6. Use outdoor space, when possible
Craniosynostosis Awareness

Sadly there is a lack of awareness about this condition, even among some medical professionals.

Craniosynostosis is a condition in which one of more of the joints or sutures between the bones of your baby's skull closes or "calcifies." If a baby has craniosynostosis, his or her brain cannot grow into its natural shape. Craniosynostosis can affect vision, development, and head shape.

Tune in to Dr. Mazzola's YouTube Channel

Patient Testimonial

"Metopic craniosynostosis with trigonocephaly... I still can barely spell the words and try saying the whole thing 3 times fast.  These 3 complicated words have changed our lives forever, when we were sitting in Dr. Collins's office one afternoon in April 2021 being told that about our 8 month old. I left that appointment heartbroken that our perfect rainbow baby will need major surgery at the young age of 9 months, but there was another feeling, one that thankfully slowly took over as the months went by.. a feeling of hope and relief that he is in the absolute best hands.

There was also validation and anger. Validation because after being dismissed by his previous pediatrician we were being taken seriously and there was a problem with this ridge he had on his forehead since about 4 months old. And anger that it took  months of pressuring and ultimately switching doctors to be referred to a specialist. Justin had craniosynostosis surgery on May 6 and we are amazed at his progress. He rocked his helmet for 3 months and we have a hard time finding his scar under all his hair. He is growing and developing beautifully now that his brain has room to grow. I still struggle with the constant fear and uncertainty of what the future holds for Justin, but then as parents, do we ever not struggled with that? He is closely monitored by the amazing team of professionals and I feel confident he will continue to thrive thanks to all of them. I pray and hope he will continue to be on the right track, and while his story is still being written, I am forever thankful to have Dr. Collins, Dr. Morin, nurse practitioner Laura and everyone at the NJ Pediatric Institute guide us through everything! "

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Have a Safe School Year!
Returning to school during the COVID-19 pandemic may not feel like normal – at least for a while. But whatever form school takes, it will require everyone's support to make sure that it is healthy, safe and equitable for students, teachers, staff and families!
Once Again, We Hope Everyone Had a Relaxing Summer. Good Luck With the School Year
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Women in Medicine
Women in Medicine - Join this new series to promote women in medicine and assist in business development for their practices. Part 2: Depression, Anxiety and Burnout for Female Physicians This talk will feature our very own Dr. Catherine Mazzola Weds Oct 13 6:00-7:30 PM Register today at
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