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You can drive safely in the snow -- here's how

Driving in the snow can be frightening for many drivers. They often feel like they have very little control over the car. They worry about an accident with every mile they cover.

The good news is that you can drive safely in the snow. You just need to know how winter driving differs from summer driving, and you need to adjust what you do behind the wheel to account for it.

Malnutrition doesn't just mean not getting enough food

If your loved one starts losing weight in a nursing home, you may assume that they are being neglected by the staff and they are not getting enough to eat. That certainly could be the case. There are instances where the staff fails to provide meals, doesn't bring people from their rooms to their meals or otherwise just does not provide enough food on a regular basis.

However, it's important to remember that malnutrition is more than just not eating enough calories. It's actually the process of not getting enough nutrients. Someone could get 2,000 calories a day, showing up at every single meal and not get proper nutrition.

Proof that alcohol causes Thanksgiving crashes

You may have heard that the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the most dangerous weekends to drive. It's true. We often see a huge spike in serious car accidents over the weekend.

While part of this is due to higher traffic volumes, there is also the question of alcohol. Do people crash more often because they are intoxicated?

Understanding the signs of aggressive driving

Aggressive drivers cause unnecessary car accidents every day in the United States, and it is very important to keep your distance from them when possible. You may not always be able to do so, but your best chance of keeping yourself and everyone in your car safe is to understand what aggressive driving looks like and what signs to watch out for.

Most aggressive drivers have very little regard for others on the road. It is a selfish action, and they only consider themselves. Sometimes, this just results in unsafe driving that puts everyone at risk. Other times, it results in actively hostile driving -- honking the horn, tailgating, passing when there isn't enough space and making hand gestures out the window.

Waking up during surgery: A real risk

One of the most frightening things for many people who go in for surgery is the idea that they could wake up in the middle of the procedure. They know that they are supposed to be given medication to keep them unconscious and safe until the surgery is finished, but they worry that it will not work or it will not be enough.

It is a real risk. Worse yet, patients who wake up may not be able to move or indicate to the doctors that they are awake. Their muscles remain paralyzed while their brain wakes up. They're conscious and they feel everything, but they do not have the ability to tell the medical team to immediately give them more painkillers.

How does emotional abuse make someone feel and act?

You are always on the lookout for neglect and abuse after you put your loved one in a nursing home. You watch their bank accounts, worried about financial abuse. You look for any unexplained injuries that may mean they are being physically abused.

What about mental or emotional abuse? You know it happens, but the signs are not as clear. What should you look for? How will your loved one feel and act if this happens to them?

Dog bite signs and vicious propensities

There are a few ideas behind dog bite signs, the first of which is to keep people off of a property by alerting them to the fact that the dog is guarding that home. The second, of course, is actually to prevent injuries and keep people safe. It's a warning sign in the same way that a "wet floor" sign protects people in a commercial property.

In fact, many property owners think that the sign is only going to help them if someone gets bitten by their dog. If that person had a warning, doesn't that take the liability away from the property owner? Does it mean that anything else that happens after that point is actually the dog bite victim's fault?

What causes a rollover accident?

One key way to avoid getting involved in a rollover accident is simply to know why these dangerous crashes happen in the first place. You can then make intentional choices to avoid some of the major risk factors and keep yourself safe.

With that in mind, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has listed out some of the leading risk factors, which are as follows:

  • Drivers who break the speed limit, especially when carrying excessive speed into a corner.
  • Tall vehicles with a relatively narrow stance, which raises the center of gravity.
  • Drivers who make mistakes behind the wheel because they have been drinking.
  • Distracted driving, especially when people are on roads they're familiar with as part of their daily routine.
  • Rural roads where the state has set the speed limit at 55 miles per hour; these roads are where the majority of rollover accidents (75%) take place.

People blame others for mistakes because of the way they feel

Did you know that human error is the leading cause of car accidents? People make mistakes on the road. They do it all the time. They cause accidents that lead to property damage, minor injuries, serious injuries, disabilities and even death. Every year, tens of thousands of people lose their lives. Many more suffer injuries. It's startling to think about.

However, if you ask people about their own driving, many of them will tell you that they are actually very good drivers. It's everyone else who makes mistakes. Even if someone just caused a crash, they'll often try to blame the other party. Why does it happen?

6 things your surgeon needs to know

You're going in for surgery. You have heard that communication is an important part of the process. What does your surgeon need to know before the procedure?

Every case is different, and it's important to work closely with your surgeon to make sure they have the information that will help them guide you toward a successful procedure and recovery. That said, here are six things you can start with that your medical team does need to know:

  1. If you are taking any supplements or herbs.
  2. If you are taking any medications, even basic ones like aspirin, and how much you take.
  3. If you have any known allergies, even if you think they may not impact the procedure at all. They especially need to know about allergies to medications and other treatment options.
  4. If you have had any previous operations.
  5. If you have tried other things to help with your condition, such as treatments and medications, beyond simply having surgery.
  6. If any other surgeries and operations have led to complications. For instance, perhaps you always feel nauseated after surgery. It does not have to be a major complication. You want to disclose everything.
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