When the World Is Breaking Your Heart

The other week, my husband and I were driving home after visiting a beloved family member who is struggling with the excruciating pain and to-the-bone weariness of cancer. As our car lugged down the highway, I thought about the ongoing cruelty of our world: the ravages of disease and war, the current pandemic, the never-ending inhumanity, inequality, and brutality, as well as the general disregard to our earth and the innocent creatures who are clinging to survive on it. (And, yes, I do realize that I’m just as guilty as the masses in spewing out pollution by the simple fact that I drive a car). I held back tears, and then took a deep breath as I told myself I was spiraling (which I’m sure you can tell from the above train of thought, I’m apt to do when facing a personal crisis).  And then it happened. A horribly common occurrence (according to a 2010 article in Psychology Today, it takes place more than one million times a day on roads in the United States alone). An innocent animal was plowed down without a thought. My husband had managed to swerve our car around the poor bird with a willowy neck (who might have been a Pintailed Duck) as the fledging froze between lanes in utter confusion and wide-eyed fear at the mayhem of 65-mile-per-hour metal beasts bearing down on him. Then… in the review mirror, my husband saw that the driver behind us crushed him without pause — and what looked like intention.  I lost it. I utterly lost it. Al...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Death & Dying Depression Grief and Loss Inspiration & Hope Personal Cancer Optimism Source Type: blogs

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In this study, we present a consecutive series of patients with symptomatic TSS and report diagnostic and surgical challenges. We retrospectively reviewed a consecutive series ofN = 8 patients with symptomatic TSS who underwent surgical treatment in at least one region of the spine. Patients presented with multiple complaints, including neurogenic claudication, progressive gait disturbances, and signs of radiculopathy and/or myelopathy, among others. Modified Japanese Orthopedic Association (mJOA) and Oswestry Low Back Pain Disability Questionnaire (ODI) were obtained in pre- and postoperative period. Electro...
Source: Neurosurgical Review - Category: Neurosurgery Source Type: research
AbstractSpinal myxopapillary ependymoma (SME) is a rare pathological variant of ependymoma, which most commonly occurs in the cauda equina and filum terminale of the spinal cord. Although SME is considered as a benign entity, histologically corresponding to WHO grade I, local recurrence and metastasis have been reported in many cases. The purpose of this large-scale, single-center study was to investigate the clinical characteristics and surgical outcomes of SME. A total of 34 consecutive patients diagnosed with SME were enrolled in this retrospective study. All patients underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and were ...
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AbstractThe five-repetition sit-to-stand (5R-STS) test was designed to capture objective functional impairment (OFI), and provides a new adjunctive dimension in patient assessment. Its interpretability and confounders remain poorly understood. We quantify the association among maximum patient-reported back (MBP) or leg pain (MLP) and OFI as measured by the 5R-STS using data from two prospective studies. Patients performed the 5R-STS test and completed visual analogue scales (VAS) for back and leg pain severity. Maximum pain severity was defined as VAS scores of 9 or 10. The association of MBP and MLP with 5R-STS test times...
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Source: Cardiology Research and Practice - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Cardiol Res Pract Source Type: research
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Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Addiction General Mental Health and Wellness Not Crazy Podcast Recovery Source Type: blogs
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