In the United States, the standard treatment for idiopathic Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (iNPH) patients is a ventriculoperitoneal shunt (VPS). But a new study explores the effectiveness of lumboperitoneal shunts (LPS), which have also been shown to improve iNPH symptoms and are widely used in Japan.
A recent study published in Neurosurgery looked at the success rate of converting from a shunt to an endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) in pediatric and young adult patients. The study, with lead author Dr. David S. Hersh, retrospectively reviewed patient data from three children’s hospitals in the United States.
Earlier this year, Rhaeos won MedTech Innovator’s 2020 Global Competition. In a recent conversation with Rhaeos CEO Anna Lisa Somera, Somera discussed the significance of the award and how FlowSense can improve the way hydrocephalus is managed.
Jacob Heston was just four weeks old when he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a life-threatening neurological condition that has no cure and can only be treated with brain surgery. Now at 4 years old, Jacob has endured six brain surgeries to treat his condition. That’s why his mom Jodi hopes to raise much-needed funds for […]
Hydrocephalus is the leading cause of brain surgery in children. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) has joined the bipartisan Congressional Pediatric and Adult Hydrocephalus Caucus. The Hydrocephalus Association applauds Rep. Josh Gottheimer’s support of the over one million people living with the condition. “We must keep taking every possible step toward finding treatments and cures for life-threatening conditions and disorders. That’s why I’m […]
Hopes to raise funds for a cure at the New Orleans WALK to End Hydrocephalus Oct. 3 Imagine living your entire life with headaches and then finding out that they were due to an incurable brain disorder that can only be treated with brain surgery? That’s what happened to Lori Logan, a local mom who […]
Amanda Harrinauth is a poet, author, life coach and Special Olympics athlete living with hydrocephalus, vision impairment and autism. For Hydrocephalus Awareness Month, she wrote a poem to inspire others.
Born with hydrocephalus and later developing hypotonia, Sophia Gigante was tired of hearing doctors tell her no. But at age 16, a trip to the gym changed everything and she soon realized there wasn’t much she couldn’t do.
For our Meet the Innovator Award Grantees Blog Series, we interviewed Dr. Engin Deniz, one of four scientists who received a 2019 Innovator Award. Through his research, he hopes to determine how cilia, small hair like structures that move CSF, contribute to post-traumatic hydrocephalus.
Dorothy Sorlie spent months suffering with debilitating symptoms until finally being diagnosed with NPH. Now she educates others about this little-known condition.
For the first time ever, our National Conference on Hydrocephalus, HA CONNECT, was held entirely online. A record 2,000 people from over 60 countries participated in our virtual sessions and connected through our HA CONNECT mobile app!
On May 15th, Aesculap Inc., in partnership with MIETHKE, released a new valve for hydrocephalus patients called the M.blue valve. This week, we spoke with them to learn more about their new valve and what it means for people living with hydrocephalus.
This year we’re turning our WALK to End Hydrocephalus into a national movement that starts NOW wherever you are! That’s right – whether you go for family walks around your neighborhood, a short jog, or hulahoop in your backyard, help us raise awareness and funds for a cure while exercising your body and mind!
In the 3rd installment of our Meet the Innovator Awardees Blog Series, we interviewed Dr. Joel Geerling, one of four scientists who received our 2019 Innovator Award, and Maggie Tish, who works in Dr. Geerling’s lab. They delve deeper into their fascinating research on Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH).
Several people in the hydrocephalus community have expressed their concern about the novel coronavirus. After consulting with our Medical Advisory Board, read our statement and recommendations.
A new paper published in World Neurosurgery explores the challenges faced by youth during the transition process and the steps necessary to ensure young adults with hydrocephalus receive the longitudinal care they need to lead healthy and supported lives.
Mauryce Thomas organized an event in Mobile, AL to educate his community about hydrocephalus. The event raised awareness and $1,320 to support HA’s mission!
Check out our latest Ask the Expert Video Series developed specifically for adults living with hydrocephalus. The series answers some of the most common questions we receive to our support line.
Over 60 people attended the Hydrocephalus Caucus Briefing on 10/17. The briefing, hosted by the Hydrocephalus Association and PHF, explored how hydrocephalus impacts patients & how Congress can help.
Medical Experts and Patients Educate New Jersey Families About Brain Disorder That Affects Over 1 Million Americans
Dementia, gait disturbance, and incontinence. Typically, when older adults have these symptoms, they’re told they have diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or a host of other illnesses, when in many cases they are suffering from a treatable condition called Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH). Join the Hydrocephalus Association at its first Hydrocephalus Education Day in Neptune, NJ on Nov. 9th, where medical experts and patients will discuss NPH symptoms, and share information about other forms of hydrocephalus.
Will take part in the DC WALK to End Hydrocephalus Sept. 28 at the Lincoln Memorial What if brain surgery was the only way to stay alive? For children like Khoy Blasi-Diggs, Jr, it is. Khoy has hydrocephalus, a life-threatening neurological condition that has no cure and can only be treated with brain surgery. Hoping […]
Houston family hopes to raise money for a cure at the WALK to End Hydrocephalus on Sept. 21 at Buffalo Bayou Park Brothers Ryder and Kai Bruen not only share the same birthday, they also share the same brain disorder. The 13-year-old twins have hydrocephalus, a life-threatening neurological condition that can only be treated with […]
When Sevi was first diagnosed with hydrocephalus, Tiana and Pete Chavez remember feeling terrified. But their fear quickly turned into a desire to help other children in need.
Hydrocephalus-related policy issues have been on the move in Congress. We thought we’d give you a quick rundown on what’s going on and how it impacts our community.
NPH continues to be relatively unknown among the general public and even in the medical community. In April, Trish Bogucki, a longtime HA volunteer, led a presentation on NPH and cognitive therapy for senior citizens in Midland Park, NJ.
We recently submitted a letter of support for Senseer’s grant application to the National Science Foundation to develop their “smart shunt”. Learn about this device and what it could mean for patients.
Willow Bolton decided to hike the Appalachian Trail to raise awareness and funds for hydrocephalus. Read about what inspired her journey.
Extracurricular Activities and Hobbies: The Positive Effect They Have for Individuals with Disabilities
People with disabilities can benefit greatly by taking part in hobbies and extracurricular activities. Here are some tips to help you identify the activity that’s right for you.
This study is the first to evaluate the size of the ETV hole using MR imaging over a period of time. This research is important because it shows us how useful MR imaging can be to neurosurgeons who want to evaluate an ETV.
HA-funded researchers were awarded funding through the Department of Defense (DoD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) to study acquired hydrocephalus, with a particular focus on hydrocephalus that develops after a brain injury.
The 2018 WALK to End Hydrocephalus season is in the books! And what a year it was. Thanks to the Hydrocephalus Association’s wonderful volunteers, 43 WALKS were held across the U.S., with more than 14,000 participants representing over 1,200 teams.
On Tuesday, November 6th, voters went to the polls and made some significant changes to the U.S. Congress. Due to the bi-partisan nature of policy issues impacting the hydrocephalus community, this outcome represents both opportunities and challenges moving forward.
Nov. 17 is World Prematurity Day, which highlights the health challenges premature babies face at birth and beyond. For us at HA, World Prematurity Day is a way to draw attention to Posthemorrhagic Hydrocephalus (PHH), one of the most insidious forms of hydrocephalus.
Alexandra Hochstetler was one of our ten Young Investigator Travel Award winners at the 2018 HACONNECT. This past weekend, she presented her work at the Europhysiology Conference held in London, United Kingdom!
The IIHS gathered data from more than 20 hospitals around the world, compared the effectiveness of shunts versus endoscopic third ventriculostomies (ETVs). This study started in 2005 and these are the five year outcomes.
Hydrocephalus Awareness Month (HAM), held every year in September, presents a powerful opportunity to make our collective voices heard and spread awareness about hydrocephalus!