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Sacramento September 2019 Community Events

Sacramento is overflowing with fun, all-inclusive activities, giving everyone in the city a chance to find a fun way to spend their free time! It doesn’t matter whether you are a fitness junkie, a food fanatic, an appreciator of the fine arts, or something in between. There’s something on the monthly calendar for everyone in Sacramento. Continue reading below for a short but detailed list of a few upcoming local events taking place this September.

Boat Fire in Sacramento River

A boat fire occurred along the Sacramento River on September 13 that caused the person on board to have to swim to safety. The accident was reported by officials with the Sacramento Fire Department as occurring at about 3:30 in the afternoon close to 8300 Freeport Boulevard. A witness to the accident said that they saw the man swimming rapidly away from the boat, which was engulfed in flames. The man reached the shore safely. Although firefighters were at the scene and attempted to put out the blaze, the boat was too badly damaged and sank.

Acupuncture Beats Injected Morphine for Pain

A revolutionary study has been published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, which demonstrated that acupuncture was superior to injected morphine for pain management. Acupuncture is an ancient practice which involves placing needles into the skin at specific pressure points. While this practice originated in Asia, it is becoming more popular in the United States as a form of alternative pain management. On the other hand, morphine is an opioid medication that has been used extensively in the medical setting for acute pain management. There are also derivatives of morphine, such as MS Contin, which can be taken orally for outpatient pain management. A recent study published by a team of researchers compared the two pain management options.

Could Graphic Images on Cigarette Packaging Help People Quit?

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a proposed rule that would force tobacco companies to include graphic cigarette packaging. Without a doubt, the rates of smoking in the United States have plummeted over the past fifty years, representing one of the most successful public health campaigns in the history of the country. Unfortunately, there are still many people who are addicted to the nicotine and other chemicals included in cigarettes. This has led to detrimental health effects for not only the people who smoke cigarettes but for those who are exposed to it in a secondhand nature. Because of this, there has been a proposed rule by the FDA to start including graphic warning labels on the packaging of all tobacco products.

What is a Smith Fracture?

A Smith fracture is a severe wrist injury which can occur following a traumatic accident. The wrist is a delicate network of small bones which all have to work together to provide proper mobility and function to the forearm. Two of these bones are the radius and the ulna. One type of fracture involving these bones is termed a Smith fracture. Also called a Goyrand fracture, this injury takes place when the end of the radius has been broken. The bone fragments are also angulated slightly out of position. In this type of injury, the fragments of the bone are typically pointing in the direction of the palm.

What is a Jefferson Fracture?

A Jefferson fracture is a serious injury of the spinal column. Specifically, this is a bone fracture of the atlas, which is the first vertebrae of the cervical spine. It rests just below the base of the skull. In a Jefferson fracture, the atlas (C1) bursts following a traumatic accident. The atlas is a unique cervical vertebra because it is in the shape of a ring. The axis, which is the second cervical vertebrae, inserts into the atlas, providing protection and stability to the spinal cord. In a burst fracture, the atlas is broken into several pieces, placing both the axis and the rest of the spinal cord at risk. Because this is such a significant injury, it is essential for everyone to understand how a Jefferson fracture occurs and how it is treated. With proper treatment, many people can make a full recovery.

Teen Vaping is an Epidemic 

Teen vaping has quickly blossomed into nothing short of a public health crisis, an epidemic that merits the attention of parents and health experts alike. According to reports, this crisis has outpaced the use of other dangerous substances. This includes products such as prescription drugs, opioids, alcohol, and marijuana. These warnings have come from some of the country’s foremost experts on public health.

Vaping Hospitalizations are on the Rise

While there has been a large campaign against the addictive nature of e-cigarettes, particularly in children, vaping hospitalizations are also on the rise. Across the country, dozens of people have been hospitalized and doctors are finding that the common thread has been the use of e-cigarettes, commonly called vaping. For the past few years, there has been a growing trend of vaping among students in middle schools and high schools. These children might even believe that these products are a “safe” alternative to the traditional cigarettes, whose use has markedly dropped over the past few decades thanks to public health campaigns across the country. Now, it appears that there is a new problem. It comes in the form of e-cigarettes, such as the Juul, and it is putting this country’s children in the hospital with severe breathing issues.

Protests Against Vaping Spreading Across the Country

Parents and children alike are banding together in a massive protest against vaping. In major cities across the country, rallies have been spotted in an effort to save children and teenagers from the detrimental health effects of vaping. According to information that has been published by Tobacco Free Kids, the number of children who are using these products has skyrocketed over the past few years. In the year 2018 alone, the rate of high school students using e-cigarettes rose by more than 75 percent. More than 3.5 million children in middle and high schools already use e-cigarettes, a number that increased by more than 1.5 million when compared to the prior year alone. These numbers are shocking and demonstrate just why so many children and adults have mobilized to try and stop these companies from selling their products to children.

The First Vaping Deaths Have Been Reported

Amid the numerous hospitalizations reported in recent weeks, the first death due to vaping has been reported. Since e-cigarettes first reached the market, they have been touted as a “safer” alternative to traditional tobacco products. Despite this common moniker, vaping is far from safe. Ever since people first saw the product, people were skeptical about the claims made by these e-cigarette companies. To this day, there is still a lot of research being performed regarding the long-term health consequences related to these products. On the other hand, the acute impacts of vaping appear to be a bit clearer. Dozens of people have ended up in the hospital in recent weeks. Now, it appears that vaping deaths are occurring.