Research Shows Virtual Reality is Effective in the Treatment of Chronic Pain

While virtual reality is no longer considered to be a revolutionary technology, it might have a new application in the treatment of chronic pain. Across the United States, millions of people live with pain on a daily basis. Furthermore, a significant percentage of these individuals say that this pain impacts their quality of life. For this reason, chronic pain has been a focus of the medical community. Researchers have been looking for an alternative to narcotics and opioid medications which have severe side effects that include addiction. Fortunately, they might have just found one. A recent research paper was published demonstrating that virtual reality can be effective in the treatment of chronic pain.

Fractured Skull Can Cause Speech Difficulties

The skull plays a vital role, protecting the brain from trauma and the hazards of the outside world. Like other bones, the skull is prone to be injured in a traumatic accident. Unfortunately, if someone suffers a fractured skull, he or she can suffer serious complications. Some of these include post-concussive syndrome, serious infections, and even a traumatic brain injury. This injury can lead to speech difficulties. If someone has trouble speaking, this can lead to serious quality of life issues. Because of this, it is essential for everyone to understand how these speech difficulties happen.

Sonoma Cyclist Dies After Hit-and-Run Crash

On Thursday, August 15, 2019, a bicyclist suffered critical injuries after being injured in a hit-and-run collision in rural Sonoma county. The cyclist was taken to a hospital following the crash and stayed there until Sunday, August 18, 2019, when he tragically lost his life. The decedent was identified by authorities of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department as Gary Begley, a 61-year-old resident of the community of Healdsburg. California Highway Patrol (CHP) has indicated that they are actively investigating this accident in hopes of finding the missing driver.

Woman Killed in Stockton Pedestrian Accident

A woman was killed in a Stockton pedestrian accident on the morning of August 19, 2019. The crash occurred just before 4:00 a.m. on northbound Interstate 5 at the interchange for West Hammer Lane. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) was contacted by a person who reported seeing an injured woman lying in the middle and right lanes of the freeway. Officers from CHP responded to the scene and had found that the woman was hit multiple times by several vehicles. Sadly, she was pronounced deceased at the scene by authorities. She has been identified by officials as Rosamaria Aguilar, a 42-year-old Stockton woman.

Two Killed in Merced County Car Accident

Two people were killed in a Merced County car accident on the evening of August 19, 2019. The collision happened shortly after 6:00 p.m. at Avenue 24 and Road 22 near Chowchilla. A 55-year-old United Kingdom man was driving a Toyota Rav-4 with his three family members northbound on Road 22. For unknown reasons, he reportedly failed to yield for a sign at the intersection. The Toyota then collided with a Saturn van occupied by four Chowchilla residents. The impact of the collision propelled the Saturn into a power pole, causing it to fall to the ground. The Toyota veered out of control into an irrigation ditch. Emergency responders were called to the scene to transport the four occupants of the Toyota to the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno for treatment of serious injuries. The 47-year-old man who was driving the Saturn and his 18-year-old passenger were both critically injured and taken to the hospital for immediate treatment. Sadly, the other two passengers in the Saturn were pronounced deceased at the scene. Officials have identified the decedents as 45-year-old Gregoria Gudino Vargas and 50-year-old Martina Gudino Vargas, both residents of Chowchilla.

Bicyclist Killed by a Freight Train in Elk Grove

A bicyclist was killed on August 19 when he was hit by a freight train on Elk Grove Florin Road near Bond Road. According to a representative of the Elk Grove Police Department, the accident occurred at 5:15 p.m. as the bicyclist was heading east on Bond Road. Witnesses said the arms came down along with lights at the train crossing, indicating a locomotive was approaching. Even though other drivers at the site blew their horns, the train hit the man. The name of the deceased has yet to be released by the coroner’s office in Sacramento County. The traffic bureau of the Elk Grove Police Department will be in charge of the investigation. Traffic in the area was diverted immediately following the crash from the area north of West Camden Drive. The road was reopened at about 9:00 p.m. 

Curtis Fest Artisan Fair Slated in Sacramento

Art lovers will be glad to hear that the 2019 Curtis Fest Artisan Fair, an exciting public event, is scheduled for August 25 at William Curtis Park on 3349 W Curtis Drive. The artisan fair is being held from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and will feature more than 75 local artisans, live music, different food offerings, a Fairy Land for the youngsters and even a refreshment station for your pets. 

Associated Injuries with a Hip Fracture

The hip is a ball and socket joint. In this joint, the head of the femur sits in a socket that is formed by the pelvis. This pelvic socket is called the acetabulum. A hip fracture can take place anywhere within this ball and socket joint. Some of the most common ways that someone might sustain a fracture of the hip is in an auto accident, a bicycle accident, or even a fall from a great height. These fractures commonly present with an inability to walk, severe bruising at the top of the thigh, and a possible limb-length discrepancy. When someone has been diagnosed with a hip fracture, several associated injuries might also be present.

Placer County Crash Causes Fatality and Injuries

According to officers of the local California Highway Patrol (CHP), a car accident in Placer County left two people with serious injuries and cost a third person his life. Officials stated that the collision happened on Thursday, August 15, 2019, at a rural location near the small community of Forebay. Placer County authorities have identified the fatally injured man as Justin Gile, a 22-year-old resident of the city of West Haven in the state of Utah. The injured parties included a 19-year-old woman as well as a two-year-old child. Updates on their conditions have not been made available.

Napa Area Crash Leaves One Fatally Injured

Officers of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that an area accident cost one man his life on Monday, August 19, 2019. The collision happened on just outside of Napa County off of Highway 12 and involved a single vehicle. Officials have since identified the decedent as Gerick Raju, a 50-year-old man from Sonoma. Raju was reportedly the only person injured during the accident and CHP has stated that they are actively investigating possible causes of the collision.