Photographer Creates Emotional Series To Show What Infertility Feels Like
A powerful photo series is highlighting the anguish of infertility. Las Vegas photographer Abbie Fox captured stunning images of local optician Victoria Hamilton to illustrate the painful journeys they’ve followed in their personal lives. Both women have struggled with infertility. Fox had a miscarriage last March after two healthy pregnancies and births and was eventually diagnosed with PCOS, which dashed her dream of having four children. “We have two amazing children and after this last year I have sort of given up the idea of having another child,” Fox told HuffPost. “It just wasn’t meant to be. While I only had one miscarriage, the pain will be carried with me forever.” Hamilton and her husband have struggled to conceive for almost four years and experienced multiple very early miscarriages. After seeing a few doctors and receiving different diagnoses, she developed severe anxiety and started having panic attacks and ultimately decided to take a break from fertility procedures. After following Fox’s photography work for years, Hamilton approached her about doing a photo series related to infertility to raise awareness around the issue and make other women feel less alone. “I have been very open with my infertility struggle,” she said. “I have been blessed to have met some amazing women along my journey who were struggling to get pregnant. They since have all gone on to have children. It’...
Authors: Gentile E, Ricci K, Delussi M, Brighina F, de Tommaso M Abstract Previous studies indicated changes of motor cortex excitability in fibromyalgia (FM) patients and the positive results of transcranial stimulation techniques. The present study aimed to explore the metabolism of motor cortex in FM patients, in resting state and during slow and fast finger tapping, using functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), an optical method which detects in real time the metabolism changes in the cortical tissue. We studied 24 FM patients and 24 healthy subjects. We found a significant slowness of motor speed in FM ...
The indications for cryoablation in pediatric patients has been slowly growing over the last few years. Vascular anomalies and solid tumors are being treated with this modality. However, cryoablation can be associated with local complications. This is of high relevance in children due to smaller body surface area, more compact anatomy and less subcutaneous fat. Additionally, these patients have lower tolerance to pain and inflammation. It is critical to understand these factors when using cryoablation to treat pediatric patients.
Knee OA is a common cause of pain and disability, with many patients relying on chronic pain medications and/or joint injections. These options unfortunately result in short-term relief, or have associated increased morbidity, and knee replacement surgery may ultimately be performed. Researchers have postulated that synovial neovascularity develops as a result of inflammation and subsequently leads to knee pain. While previous overseas reports of success with GAE have been published, we present our final results from a prospective US multicenter clinical trial.
Previously treated vertebral osteomyelitis patients presenting with worsening back pain and weakness, undergo repeat imaging which can demonstrate worsening focal destruction of vertebrae. These findings are often interpreted as ongoing infection, resulting in a repeat image-guided biopsy. We sought to determine the imaging features of persistent/recurrent infections from worsening destruction of vertebral bodies due to mechanical factors.
The aim of our work is to compare two different minimally invasive, outpatient procedure for the treatment of contained lumbar disc protrusions using Percutaneous Targeted Disc Decompression (TDD) vs Percutaneous Disc Decompression (PDD) in patients presenting contained lumbar disc herniation confirmed with MR imaging.
There are no reported descriptions of motor nerve cryoablation in humans. As a result, physicians faced with inadvertent motor nerve cryoablation during palliative or therapeutic procedures for established indications are forced to rely on preclinical studies to manage patient expectations. (1, 2) In addition, potential applications of motor nerve cryoablation, such as for management of spasticity and pain, have been avoided because of the unknown prognosis following cryoneurolysis of mixed or motor nerves.
Ultrasound image-guided procedures (USGP) are common and often cause mild to moderate pain both during the procedure and during lidocaine injection. This 110 participant randomized clinical trial evaluated the effectiveness of vapocoolant topical anesthetic application prior to lidocaine injection at reducing pain during the USGP.
To examine the efficacy of image-guided percutaneous interventions in pain and local tumor control in the treatment of osseous metastases from breast cancer.
To evaluate the outcomes after computed tomography (CT)-guided sacroiliac (SI) joint injections in patients suspected to have lower back pain from SI joint instability.
Percutaneous vertebroplasty (PV) is an alternative option to treat pain after an osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture (OVCF). Controversy exists as to whether PV increases the risk for new OVCFs or prevents further vertebral height loss in treated levels. We assessed both during one year follow-up in patients with acute OVCF randomised to PV or a sham procedure.