HA Updates

Unable to join HACONNECT in person? Attend virtually!

We hope you can join us in person at our 15th National Conference on Hydrocephalus: HA CONNECT. But, if you are not able to be in Orange County, this year we will LIVE STREAM and record a select number of our conference sessions.

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Tracy Morgan Joined By Hollywood Actors and TV/Movie Execs for “In Stitches: A Night of Laughs”

For one night in Los Angeles, 700 people got to hear the hilarious antics of Tracy Morgan and several other comedians while raising awareness and funds for the Hydrocephalus Association’s research, support and education programs.

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Conference Hotel SOLD OUT! New Hotel Announced.

Due to the great number of conference attendees already registered for HA CONNECT this year, hotel rooms at the conference hotel are now completely sold out.

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Melissa Kopolow McCall Shared Hydrocephalus Patient Perspective on Capitol Hill

McCall shared the challenges her family has faced throughout her daughter’s journey with hydrocephalus at the 9th Annual Medical Imaging Technology Showcase.

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Congressional Action on ADA Legislation

43 brave Senators have stood up against legislative efforts to weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act, and we hope those impacted by hydrocephalus will take a moment to thank them for their efforts. 

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Help us honor #MomFighters this Mother’s Day!

All moms are heroes but mothers of children with hydrocephalus are #momfighters. These moms fight every day to ensure their child gets the life-saving care and support they need to live successful, healthy lives.

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Choice of Treatment could Alter Risk of Hydrocephalus After a Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Hydrocephalus research is conducted all over the world. A recent study sheds light on the risk of developing shunted hydrocephalus after a specific type of brain bleed.

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Sleep Away Camp for Kids with Hydrocephalus!

Camp Head Strong offers children and teens with hydrocephalus (ages 10-17) six days and five nights of summer fun, education, and social connections.

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Hockey Player with Hydrocephalus Wins Gold Medal in PyeongChang!

Adam Page, living with hydrocephalus and spina bifida, is a member of the USA Hockey Team that won the Gold Medal in the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang!

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Is an ETV an Option After Shunt Failure?

Is an ETV an option after shunt failure? A recent review of 15 studies reported on the effectiveness of endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) after shunt failure in children. Dr. Jenna Koschnitzky, National Director of Research Programs, summarizes the findings.

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Countdown to Conference: Tips on making it affordable!

The 15th National Conference on Hydrocephalus, HACONNECT, takes place June 28-30, 2018 in Orange County, California. Join us! Here are tips to help make it affordable.

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Hydrocephalus Action Network

It’s Time to #StopTheCap on PT, OT and Speech Language Services

There is a $2,010 cap on PT, OT, and/or Speech therapy services for patients on Medicare. After they hit $2,010, Medicare will no longer cover the therapy costs and many patients cannot continue with their needed therapies. We can #StopTheCap.

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Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy

ETV-CPC for the treatment of infants with hydrocephalus

To determine if ETV-CPC provided a benefit compared to ETV alone or placement of a shunt, the HCRN decided to conduct a study which was recently published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.

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CSF Shunt Entry Site Trial

The CSF Shunt Entry Site Trial has reached the 75% mark in patient enrollment, that is 385 patients enrolled!

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Announcing National Conference Financial Aid

The Hydrocephalus Association is pleased to announce a financial aid program for the 15th National Conference on Hydrocephalus which will be held in Orange County, California June 28-30, 2018.

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Conference Program Available!

The Hydrocephalus Association staff and the program planning committee are happy to announce the release of our conference agenda for the 15th National Conference on Hydrocephalus, HACONNECT!

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Conference Registration is OPEN!

Registration for our 15th National Conference on Hydrocephalus is OPEN! Join us in Orange County, California, June 28 – 30, 2018.

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Patient Research Studies on Hydrocephalus

Tools To Help Patients With Hydrocephalus Make Informed Decisions About Their Health Care.

Dr. Thomas Beez and Dr. Hans-Jakob Steiger from the Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf, Germany have developed a new health care quality metric for shunt surgeries.

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A Writer’s World

Blair Patrick Schuyler talks about the challenges and elation of writing his first book, “Adolescence Interrupted”, and on growing up with hydrocephalus..

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College grad with hydrocephalus

2018 Scholarship Cycle OPEN!

We are now accepting applications for our 2018 Hydrocephalus Association Scholarship Program.

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Department of Defense Funds Two Research Studies on Hydrocephalus

Department of Defense funding of two hydrocephalus researchers reflects the success of the Hydrocephalus Association’s Research and Advocacy Initiatives.

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Letter from Longeviti Neuro Solutions

Longeviti Neuro Solutions would like to thank the incredible number of people who participated in our recently distributed survey.

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Hydrocephalus is Not A Limitation

I can remember my first Hydrocephalus Conference in 2004, the speaker said to those of us with a shunt, “look around, you are the majority.” I cried.

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Tax Issues that Impact Our Community

Patient and charitable groups are fighting on many fronts to make necessary changes to the Tax Reform bill. Learn about the issues that impact our community and take action today!

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New Physician’s Directory

The Hydrocephalus Association is excited to announce the launch of our new Physician’s Directory.

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Exercise Tips for NPH patients

I recommend finding an activity to help you challenge both your mind and body, and have fun while doing it!

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Annual Membership Campaign

Roadmap to a Cure is our commitment to invest $20 million by 2020 to accelerate hydrocephalus research, expand patient support services and raise public awareness about hydrocephalus.

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Adult Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (AHCRN) Update

Last week the Adult Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (AHCRN) met in Salt Lake City, Utah to discuss the progress and next steps for the network.

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A Fundraising Story

It is interesting to see how many families truly are affected by hydrocephalus. It’s something a lot of people have never heard of… yet through social media, we connected with 4 different families all dealing with the same thing.

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2017 Giving Tuesday

This Giving Tuesday your gift will be matched—dollar-for-dollar— up to $90,000 to support research to improve the treatment of hydrocephalus in children and adults, and to prevent and cure hydrocephalus!

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Hydrocephalus Action Network

TAKE ACTION! Help Veterans Receive Telehealth Benefits

Take action today to support moves in the Senate and the House to support telehealth medicine for our veterans.

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Hydrocephalus Action Network

Tax Overhaul may Affect Charitable Giving and Non-Profits

Congressional efforts to overhaul the tax code could have major implications for charitable giving and non-profit budgets and could lead to reductions in research, advocacy, outreach, and other services.

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Interview with Olivia Bell, Cognitive Therapist – Part 2

This part of the interview touches on neuropsychology, debunking some misunderstandings about cognitive therapy (CT), some advice Olivia had for NPH patients and spreading the word about CT.

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Hydrocephalus Action Network

A Possible Cut in Hydrocephalus Research Funding from Capitol Hill

Congress is currently debating a bill that could have major implications for hydrocephalus research through the Department of Defense CDMRP program.

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Preliminary results from the International Infant Hydrocephalus Study

There are two common treatment options available for infants that suffer from Aqueductal stenosis: implantation of a shunt or an endoscopic third ventriculostomy

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Reflections From “Boozle Bear Sew-a-Thon” Event Participant

The Boozle Bears were fun to help make, and I hope they help children understand their condition, as well as raise money for the research I will one day be conducting!

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Get to Know Our Conference Host City

For those that are traveling we hope you will take a couple days to explore this wonderful host city for our conference and enjoy the world-famous theme parks and, stunning beaches, designer shopping, delightful fairs and so much more.

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Boozle Bear Sew-a-Thon

Boozle Bears are used by doctors, nurses and parents to teach patients, old and young, about hydrocephalus and how shunting works.

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The Vision to End Hydrocephalus after a Brain Bleed

The Hydrocephalus Association’s annual Vision Dinner highlights the advances in research that aims to prevent or minimize the development of hydrocephalus after a brain bleed.

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From Patient to Progress: New insights into preventing shunt blockages

While shunt implantation is a typical treatment option for people with hydrocephalus, there have been surprisingly few advances to decrease shunt failure rates since the 1950s

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