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Signs that your loved one is being abused in a nursing home

Leaving your older relative at a nursing home is supposed to alleviate stress, but it can bring on even more challenges. You brought them there expecting a certain level of care, and it doesn’t help anyone if they don’t receive what they need. They may not want—or be able—to report abuse or neglect themselves, so it could fall on you to notice the warning signs.

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Oil and gas boom causing problems for New Mexico drivers

Many drivers are noticing the increase in truck traffic with New Mexico’s oil and gas boom. Highways like U.S. 82, U.S. 285, N.M. 128 and N.M. 18 are suddenly filled with semitrucks hauling oil and gas supplies. According to the Albuquerque Journal, this influx of big rigs is not only a nuisance for residents, but it also creates dangerous road conditions.

Just this last summer, Heather Lopez lost a friend in a crash on U.S. 82 near Loco Hills. The Artesia man was killed when the truck he was driving slammed head-on into a big rig. Lopez acknowledges that he may have had a hard time seeing since the accident occurred just as the sun was coming up.

Distracted driving: why your brain wants you to check your phone

We all do it. You may be having coffee with a friend, watching a movie or finishing up a last-minute report for your boss. Suddenly, your phone emits that enticing sound—alerting you to an incoming text, email or social media notification. Without thinking, you instinctively reach for your phone to see what’s new.

While, intellectually, we may realize it’s silly—or even impolite—to check our phones, it’s surprisingly hard to resist. This is because of how our brains have learned to respond to our cell phones.

Roadside safety tips in memory of a Good Samaritan

Though it is a daily activity for most adults, driving is extremely dangerous. Even in pristine conditions during broad daylight, distracted drivers often occupy the roads. But when weather takes a turn for the worst, safety concerns amplify.

When snow and ice hit New Mexico on January 2, roads turned deadly for one Good Samaritan during his efforts to stop and help others who had been involved in motor vehicle accidents. Pat Cisneros was hit and killed by a semi while he attended to a crash alongside I-40. But for the tow truck driver who tried to help, Mr. Cisneros’ memory lives on in a reminder about serving others safely.

Why are electronic copies of your medical record so expensive?

If you request an electronic copy of your medical record, or protected health information (PHI) held by a HIPAA-covered entity, you have a right to receive it in paper or electronic form within thirty days. However, the information will only be released if you pay the associated fines. Why are these records so expensive to release?

Why the government shutdown heightens personal safety concerns

If you were forced to work without pay, how long could you survive? Most Americans don’t have $400 saved up in case of emergency. For the more than 800,000 federal employees who are now entering their second straight month without income, the situation is getting increasingly dire.

There has been a lot of news coverage about federal employees’ economic straits. Across the country, federal workers are facing mounting bills they can’t pay, turning to food shelves for groceries and grappling with the idea that they may have to sell their homes.

New Mexico law aims to curtail distracted driving

Distracted driving has become a growing problem in recent years. It used to be that your carry-out coffee and your kids in the back seat were the only things taking your attention away the road. Nowadays, however, our phones provide the constant temptation of unlimited connectivity. Texting while driving, in particular, has led to a surge in traffic accidents—and deaths.

A few years ago, New Mexico took action to combat this dangerous trend. It passed legislation that prohibits distracted driving behavior. Commonly known as a “texting ban,” this law actually bans much more than just texting. In today’s post, we examine New Mexico’s distracted driving law in greater detail:

3 baby-safe tips for decking the halls

The holiday season is an exciting time of year. It's your annual occasion to bake Christmas cookies, go caroling and drink eggnog. Family traditions are strong at this time of year.

When you have a new baby, it can be easy to go about Christmas in the usual way--failing to consider that some of your holiday traditions can pose safety threats to your little bundle of joy.

6 social media rules of thumb following an accident

Going through a car accident can be traumatizing. Your life flashes before your eyes, and your world is turned upside-down. Suddenly, you find yourself in a hospital bed, trying to make sense of what happened—and what it means for your future.

In stressful times such as these, you may reach out for support from friends and family on social media. However, publishing anything related to your accident online can be a costly mistake.

What to do following a Black Friday injury

If you’re like many Americans, you headed to the mall the day after Thanksgiving to take advantage of the bargain offers. Maybe you even camped out in line the night before. This post-Thanksgiving shopping extravaganza is becoming almost as much of a tradition as the holiday itself.

Black Friday was originally so named because it represented the day of the year that put retailers “in the black”—i.e., operating at a profit. Nowadays, however, the name has gained a second meaning—referring to the high incidence of violence and accidents that occur on this day.

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