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One Man’s Journey to Find Treatment for NPH July 18, 2014

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Read Ed Stall’s journey to find relief from his symptoms related to Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH).

Mr. Stall underwent surgical placement of a shunt device by Joseph Zabramski, MD, surgical director of the Barrow NPH Center. Read about Ed’s NPH treatment here.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow NPH Center
margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

Save the Date for the Next Hydrocephalus Association Walk June 26, 2014

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This year’s Annual Hydrocephalus Association Walk is being held on October 4, 2014 at Steel Indian School Park from 8:00am-12:00pm.

If you would like to volunteer in any way please contact me through this blog. No task is too small to be of great assistance!

Details about registration and the event itself can be found on the Hydrocephalus Association’s website.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center  

Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center Receives National Coverage June 13, 2014

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The current edition of AARP features a great story about the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute. The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and Movement Disorders Clinic is a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence and an outstanding resource for people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

The center provides care and services to approximately 10,000 patients a year including those suffering from Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus. AARP has one of the largest circulations in the nation and the story will help promote the center’s services and programs. To read the story, visit:

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center

 

What Should You do with Those Leftovers? June 5, 2014

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If you didn’t get to participate in national Take Back Day, which gives you an opportunity to properly dispose of old and/or unused medications, opportunities are still available. Visit the Got Drugs? link on www.dea.gov  to find a collection site near you.

Arizona has a number of permanent drop boxes offering safe opportunities to dispose of medications (you can also check out the Arizona Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Initiative website for a list of drop box locations).

Medications that are thrown in the trash can be retrieved and sold. Medications that are flushed down the toilet can contaminate the water supply. Proper drug disposal can reduce access to drugs that can be a danger to our community.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center

 

Save the Date! May 30, 2014

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The date and location have been confirmed for this year’s Hydrocephalus Association Walk. Join us on October 4, 2014 at Steel Indian School Park from 8:00am-12:00pm.

If you would like to volunteer in any way please contact me through this blog. No task is too small to be of great assistance.

Details about registration and the event itself can be found at the Hydrocephalus Association.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center

 

Classic NPH Gait May 15, 2014

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The walking motion, or gait, of a person with Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus is a classic symptom of the disease.

Some characteristics of NPH gait include:

  • widespread steps
  • short steps
  • slow and shuffling steps
  • individuals may have trouble picking up their feet

Gait disturbance is often the first and most pronounced symptom of NPH. Watch a video provided by the Hydrocephalus Association demonstrating this characteristic motion.

Please submit any questions to this blog or directly to my email.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center
Margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

 

St. Joseph’s Medical Group Gets a New Name May 6, 2014

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Some of our NPH patients have made St. Joseph’s Hospital their medical home and see a multitude of specialists for their care. This notice is to inform this group of patients about a physician practice name change to avoid confusion about their doctors. 

St. Joseph’s Medical Group is changing its name to Dignity Health Medical Group. The new name better reflects the group of employed physicians who serve Dignity Health’s Arizona health care organizations, which include St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Chandler Regional Medical Center, and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. The Dignity Health Medical Group employs more than 250 providers and 400 support staff covering a wide range of specialties and more than 70 subspecialties. 

Please comment any questions to this blog or directly to my email.

Regards, 

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center
Margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

SHAPING THE FUTURE OF HYDROCEPHALUS RESEARCH April 24, 2014

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Help the Hydrocephalus Association determine the direction and focus of future research projects pertaining to this condition. You can assist by taking the survey on the HA website.

 

 

 

Regards, Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA

Neuroscience Program Coordinator

Barrow Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center

Margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

Rock ‘n Roll Musician Recovers From NPH April 9, 2014

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Famous session musician Dick Wagner thought he was suffering from an incurable neurological disease until a second opinion revealed that he in fact had Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH), which is treatable.

The NPH specialists at the Barrow Neurological Institute quickly diagnosed Dick, and provided him with an implantable device to relive his symptoms.

In this video, he talks about what it is like to be diagnosed with NPH and his experience working with Dr. Joseph Zabramski to formulate a treatment plan to return him to health. Dick is now living symptom free and continuing his life as a rock ‘n roll musician.

Dick Wagner Recovers from NPH with the Help of “Dr. Z”

Regards, Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA

Neuroscience Program Coordinator

Barrow Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center

Margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

 

What is a CINE MRI Study? March 17, 2014

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Many patients wonder why our NPH specialists order an MRI CINE study even when they have just completed a basic brain MRI study. Why is this necessary?

MRI CINE, otherwise known as a CSF Flow Study, is an MRI of the brain or spine that evaluates the flow of cerebrospinal fluid around the brain, brainstem and/or spinal cord. This analysis is crucial to identify a case of normal pressure hydrocephalus.

Not all radiology facilities are equipped with the software to perform these studies, so it is important to identify facilities close to your home which do offer this technology. Barrow Neurological Institute is equipped for this study as well as other complex diagnostic tests.

For more information about this procedure contact me at this blog or directly through my e-mail address noted below.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center
Margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

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