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Welcome Lisa Wadsworth to the Barrow NPH Team March 20, 2013

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We are proud to announce the addition of Lisa Wadsworth, PA, to our team at the Barrow NPH Center!

NPH is a condition unique to the elderly population, in which symptoms including balance/gait disturbances, cognitive decline, and urinary incontinence mirror those of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other causes of dementia. Many patients with NPH are misdiagnosed until they have significantly deteriorated or possibly subjected to unnecessary tests, exams, and treatments for other conditions. Delaying the correct diagnosis of NPH can lead to irreversible neurological decline and can also impart unnecessary costs to you and your insurance company.

The Barrow Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) screening clinic employs a team of health care providers who take special care to rapidly but carefully diagnose and treat patients.  Confirming a diagnosis of NPH can require complex testing, evaluation, and treatment planning. Collaboration between specialists in our screening clinic helps you get your diagnosis faster, so you can begin your process of treatment and recovery. The addition of Lisa to our team will help us continue to serve you better, and we are honored Lisa has brought her clinical expertise to our center.

Please post any questions concerning our screening process to this blog, or contact me directly.

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

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Welcome a New Practitioner to the Barrow NPH Center! March 12, 2013

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We are happy to announce a new addition to our team of clinical staff at the Barrow NPH Center. Please welcome Sharon Hayden, PT, a licensed physical therapist who specializes in gait/balance disorders.

Since many conditions can cause problems with gait and balance function, it is crucial that we determine if excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain (the dynamics of NPH) is causing the patient’s balance and or gait problems rather than another disorder.

A procedure called a lumbar Puncture (LP), also known as a spinal tap, allows us to remove a large volume of CSF, thereby reducing the pressure in the brain caused by fluid accumulation. Our physical therapist performs balance/gait testing before & immediately after the LP procedure is completed. If the results demonstrate improvement in the patient’s symptoms it is felt that the patient will respond positively to shunt placement and therefore be considered for surgery. Please post any questions concerning our screening process to this blog or contact me directly.

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

Jennifer Lopez to Play Celebrity Fight Night March 1, 2013

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Jennifer Lopez is confirmed to perform at Celebrity Fight Night on March 23, an annual charity event benefitting Barrow’s Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, the most comprehensive Parkinson’s center in the country, as well as other great causes.

Arizona Foothills Magazine

http://www.arizonafoothillsmagazine.com/extra-extra/news/5035-youll-never-believe-whos-performing-at-fight-night.html

Regards, Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA

Neuroscience Program Coordinator

Barrow Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center

margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org