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Tips to guide your next doctor's appointment

Hoping to get the most that you can out of your next visit to the doctor's office? You're not alone. Many people feel like they have to rush through the appointment without really getting to ask all of their questions or find any answers. They feel like the doctor doesn't listen to them, and they're not sure that they're getting the proper care. They want that to change.

If that's how you feel, these tips may help:

  • Bring someone else along. You may feel nervous to ask, but they can jump in on your behalf.
  • Write down what you want to say first. If you forget a question that you wanted to ask and the doctor is about to leave the room, ask them to stay while you review the list.
  • On that note, write down the important things that the doctor tells you. This helps you engage in the conversation, and it gives you a reference for later.
  • Ask the doctor how you can get in touch with them if you have any more questions at a later date.
  • Ask about your own medical records. Find out how to read them and what they tell you about medications, treatment plans, diagnoses and more.
  • Don't be afraid to talk to people who are not your primary care doctor. Nurses may have more time and can often access the same information. Your pharmacist may also be able to answer some of your questions.

3 ways that accidents happen at dangerous intersections

Few things that you do while driving are as dangerous as going through an intersection. You must trust other drivers who are purposefully driving in a way that would cause an accident if they make a simple mistake.

Say that you come to a four-way stop, for instance. You drive forward when it's your turn, but the driver on the cross-street thinks it is his turn and also drives forward. The two cars crash in the middle, with both of you insisting the other person caused it.

Get a second opinion -- doctors make mistakes

When someone tells you to get a second opinion after you go to the doctor, do you feel rather bad about it? Do you feel like you're betraying your own doctor's trust? Or do you think that it is just a waste of time?

Don't worry about any of that. Just worry about your health. That's what matters. Much of the time, that means you should get a second opinion.

Almost any distraction can cause an accident

One of the main reasons that driving distractions are such a problem on America's highways is simply that there are so many distractions to choose from. Sometimes, it feels like not a drive goes by where you don't experience them.

Naturally, some of the biggest distractions are easy to pinpoint. They are things like:

  • Using a cellphone
  • Talking to passengers
  • Reaching for things that fell on the floor
  • Interacting with children or pets
  • Doing personal grooming
  • Singing along with the music or even dancing
  • Looking at objects in the car or along the road

What are average nursing home response times?

You're with your loved one in a nursing home when they decide to press the call button. Maybe it's an emergency and they're having trouble breathing. Maybe they just have a question and need to talk to a staff member.

Either way, you notice that it takes a long time for someone to actually arrive at the room. While you know that workers have a lot to do -- they don't just sit in the office waiting for someone to press the button -- you're not sure how fast they should show up. Is it neglectful if they take too long? What is the average response time in the industry?

Why do drivers run red lights?

It seems so simple: If the light is red, all traffic has to stop. There are exceptions, such as when you're making a right turn, but even then, you have to stop first, check to see if the way is clear and then turn. There's never a situation where you can just blow through a solid red light.

And yet, people do it all the time. They cause accidents, they put other people in the hospital and they even take lives. Why does this happen? A few reasons include:

  • The driver was distracted and never saw the light at all. For instance, some drivers have admitted to reading or writing emails while they drive, taking their attention away from the road.
  • The driver was attempting to beat the red light by speeding up, rather than slowing down, when it turned yellow. If they timed it wrong, then they could go through the red at a high rate of speed.
  • There were no other cars around or so they thought. Some drivers will run a red light if they can't see any traffic passing through, but that can lead to a crash when they simply overlook an oncoming vehicle.
  • They were thinking about something else. A busy person with their mind on their work or a conversation with a boss or a loved one may run a red light while simply thinking about everything else in their life and driving on autopilot.

Death is 51 percent more likely when teen drivers have passengers

How often have you seen teenage drivers get behind the wheel as a group of friends piles into the car? Maybe you have plenty of memories of riding around in your own teen years, with five (or more) people packed into the car because only one member of the group had a license.

It happens all the time, but studies have found that it absolutely shouldn't. The risk of a deadly accident is vastly higher.

Dehydration and nursing home neglect

You know that nursing home neglect can often lead to dehydration. It's not intentional abuse -- at least, not all of the time. It's just the fundamental neglect of the person's basic needs. That could mean not bringing them food and water as often as they need it, even though they are dependent on the care of others.

When you help your loved one move into a nursing home, you begin to worry about neglect and vow to watch out for the most common signs and symptoms. That starts with dehydration, so exactly what should you be looking for? A number of the most common symptoms are:

  • Headaches that linger, even if they're mild
  • Constipation due to a lack of fluids to soften the stool
  • Irritability that has no other cause
  • Excessive cramping, which is most often in the legs and arms
  • Dark yellow urine
  • Urinary tract infections
  • A general sense of dizziness, which may get worse whenever they stand up
  • Fatigue and excessive sleepiness
  • Repeated complaints about thirst -- although it is important to note that many elderly people have a decreased sense of thirst and may not know how thirsty they are
  • Weakness and trouble with physical tasks that should be possible
  • A face that is flushed with warm, dry skin
  • The onset of various sicknesses, such as a fever

What are the most dangerous vehicle-related defects?

It seems like we hear about a new automotive recall every other week, and sometimes, they involve tens of millions of cars throughout the world. Considering that car manufacturers usually fix these defects for free, we should celebrate the opportunity to make our cars safe again without incurring additional expenses. However, there's one very important drawback: Not all vehicle owners get the message and not all of them take their cars to get fixed even when they do.

The fact is, millions of dangerous automobiles remain on the road endangering their drivers and anyone who might unsuspectingly purchase the cars. Here are some of the most dangerous car-related defects you need to watch out for:

2 pedestrians are struck by a motorist in the Town of Ulster

A 38-year-old motorist struck and killed one pedestrian and critically injured another in the Town of Ulster early on the morning of Jan. 6.

The Saugerties' motorist had apparently been driving his 2010 Subaru Legacy along an unlit portion of Ulster Avenue near the Route 199 overpass in the moments before the crash occurred. He pulled over and called police to report the incident just after 12:39 a.m.


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