The relationship between siblings is complex and sometimes even…shall we say… strained, but there is a powerful, unbreakable bond that endures through the best and hardest of times. Teens Take Charge (TTC) Advisory Council Members, Harrison Silver and Alexis Rocciola, share a special message to their siblings in our National Siblings Day blog honoring a special group of loved ones in our lives – brothers and sisters.
Jennifer Bechard sits down with Jamie Wright, our Support Group Leader in Houston, TX, as we continue our history series commemorating our 30th anniversary. Jamie was born six weeks prematurely, diagnosed with post-hemorrhagic hydrocephalus, and was shunted at 20 months old. She is now in her second year of medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, where she is in a combined MD/PhD program.
As part of our interview series commemorating our 30th anniversary, this week Randi Corey, our National Director of Special Events and Volunteer Support, sits down with Cheryl Merrell, our Hydrocephalus Association WALK Chair in Fresno, California, to talk about volunteering for HA, starting and chairing a HA WALK, and other thoughts about the organization.
Thomas Lawson of Little Rock, Arkansas, took his love of drawing and writing and published a book, “It’s Not Just Brain Surgery”, to help raise funds to find a cure for hydrocephalus, a rare brain condition that his younger brother lives with daily.
As a follow up to the previous article on the anatomy and physiology of the brain, the Hydrocephalus Association would like to continue our learning and explore the terms we so often hear when dealing with hydrocephalus.
Aesculap introduces a new gravitational shunt valve that allows for different pressure settings for the lying and the upright positions. The Miethke proSA valve is implanted in combination with fixed or adjustable valves.
I am amazed at how hydrocephalus has changed my life…but I would not change it. Here is my story. Within weeks of my birth the doctor expressed concerns about the amount of growth of my head. My parents were referred to a neurologist who diagnosed me with communicating hydrocephalus
Medwire news reports on a research study that shows that an adjustable Strata valve shunt set at the highest setting and slowly calibrated down in a patient being treated for idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (INPH) reduces the cases of subdural effusion and shows improvement in gait and/or cognitive function.
Twelve doctors and neurosurgeons in Zimbabwe were trained in the neuroendoscopic ventriculostomy surgical technique for the treatment of hydrocephalus. The Neurosurgical Education Development Foundation, led by Dr. Mahmood Qureshi, has been promoting better surgical treatment options leading to fewer shunt insertions in order to address the medical and financial constraints of many African countries.
Hydrocephalus Association commemorates our 30th anniversary with a series of interviews with members of our community. These intimate and conversational pieces provide both educational content as well as a historical perspective on the heart behind the work of our association. This week we sit down with two of our founding members, Emily Fudge and Cynthia Solomon, to discuss the early days of forming the association, including their vision and their challenges.
ABC News Worldwide features a story today on guitar rock legend, Dick Wagner and his diagnosis of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH). The article – Rock Star Nearly Loses Career with “Curable” Dementia – is another step forward in increasing public awareness of both NPH and hydrocephalus.
ABC News features a story about rock legend, Dick Wagner (lead guitarist for Alice Cooper, Aerosmith and KISS) and his journey with hydrocephalus. Wagner was treated at the Barrow Neurological Institute. After receiving a shunt, he was back on the road making music.
Neurosurgeons at All Children’s Hospital/Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine successfully performed back to back surgeries on an infant within the first week of life to treat hydrocephalus and extreme macrocephaly. This is the first reported case of cranial fixation in such a young child with extreme hydrocephalus.
I’m writing in memory of my daughter, Ellen. I am committed to sharing Ellen’s story to help raise awareness to the great support services and work of the Hydrocephalus Association as well as to help raise funds to find better treatments options for everyone living with hydrocephalus.
The first public-private partnership, called the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC), will prioritize the needs of the medical device community and fund projects to help simplify the process for medical devices to reach market. The FDA will be a part of the consortium that could potentially assist new developments in shunt technology.
The Hydrocephalus Association’s advocacy strategy spans a broad range of activities from local, grassroots awareness efforts such as our WALK program, to state level efforts to establish hydrocephalus awareness days/months, to our federal efforts which focus on research programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and legislation with Congress. Our primary advocacy goal is […]
The Millennium Research Group (MRG) – the global authority on medical technology market intelligence – has completed a study that shows that the the European neurosurgical and neurovascular medical device market will grow only slowly through 2016. Treatments such as endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) are contributing to slowed growth for shunt manufacturers.
November is Epilepsy Awareness month and the Hydrocephalus Association would like to address the topic of hydrocephalus and seizures. Seizures are not an uncommon occurrence in people with hydrocephalus. However, no correlations have been found between the number of shunt revisions or the site of shunt placement and the risk of developing seizures.
Papilledema is an optic disc swelling that is secondary to elevated intracranial pressure around the brain associated with hydrocepahlus.The biggest concern with increased intracranial pressure is there is always the potential for visual loss secondary to the papilledema.
By: Abby Wood Hi! My name is Abby. I turned 12 years old at the end of August and this is a snapshot of my life. I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When I was born, I was very sluggish and tired. My parents found out that I had hydrocephalus a few weeks later […]
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords received a permanent shunt for her hydrocephalus Wednesday, May 18th
Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head more than four months ago in Tucson, Ariz., had a permanent ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt inserted for hydrocephalus. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is recovering well after her two brain surgeries yesterday. Neurosurgeons also placed a bone flap to protect her brain and skull. This operation, known as […]