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Protecting your bundle of joy: car seat safety tips for your baby

When you have a child, it changes your outlook on the world. You may be filled with increased love and compassion. Your priorities in life may change dramatically. And—if you’re like most parents—you probably start to realize that everything around you now poses a safety hazard.

You set to work baby-proofing your home. You’ve covered electrical outlets, you’ve installed baby locks on kitchen and bathroom cabinets and you’ve gotten rid of any sharp or breakable furniture. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Traveling with your baby by car brings a whole new set of challenges.

Albuquerque puts renewed focus on bicyclists

There is a beautiful simplicity in the basic bicycle. Maybe that’s why cycling has grown in popularity over the last decade or so; both as a form of exercise and as a vehicle replacement.

Albuquerque has embraced bikes almost as much as cyclists themselves. A bike-friendly city, our town boasts over 400 miles of designated bike lanes, trails and other amenities for individuals powering themselves on two wheels. This is why the recent hit-and-run of a cyclist has come as such a shock.

Nursing homes unethically sedating dementia patients

The decision to put your elder parent’s care in the hands of a stranger requires an immense amount of trust—and it is likely not a decision you take lightly. But as your loved one’s memory becomes more compromised, you begin to realize that they can’t take care of themselves anymore—and that with your full-time job, you can’t manage that responsibility either. Finding outside help is the only solution.

So you entrust your parent’s health and wellbeing to the professionals. But what if you came to discover that their treatment wasn’t professional at all—even unethical and dangerous? In today’s post, we discuss an issue of growing concern in the nursing home community: the unauthorized use of antipsychotic drugs on dementia patients.

Weekend cycling event leads to crash and lawsuit

Cycling has seen a surge in popularity in recent years. One increasingly common way for city dwellers to ride their bikes is by participating in a group ride. Group rides take place all across the country, they're free of charge and they're open to the public.

The rules are simple: you and any other cyclists who want to join congregate at a meeting point at a fixed time. Then you all traverse the city together on a predetermined route. Group rides can be a good way to meet people with similar interests and build community.

When a hospital stay turns into a kidnapping

Hospitals can be scary places. If need to go to the hospital, you may be filled with concerns about something going wrong. Perhaps you’ll be misdiagnosed. Maybe your surgeon will make a mistake. Or you might be given the wrong medication. You may have a thousand worries fluttering through your mind. But one scenario you probably don’t expect is to be held in the hospital against your will.

The Mayo Clinic is one of the country’s most esteemed medical centers. When 18-year-old Alyssa suffered a burst blood vessel in her brain, her parents didn’t hesitate to take her to Mayo in order to receive the best care possible. After undergoing risky neurosurgery and given only a 2 percent chance of surviving, Alyssa made it through. She and her family were relieved and grateful.

After a car crash, it pays get a legal consult before you settle.

Being involved in a car crash can disrupt every aspect of your life. One minute you’re driving to the grocery store. The next you’re laid up in bed, unable to work or care for your family. The recovery from such an incident can be physically and emotionally draining.

If, on top of everything, if you’re seeking compensation from the at-fault party, the task can seem completely overwhelming. While you’re in this vulnerable state, an insurance claims adjuster may try to get you to agree to a settlement.

Staying safe on U.S. 550

Year after year, government traffic data reaffirms the local opinion that U.S. 550 is one of the deadliest highways in New Mexico. Other highways see more traffic and less accidents than the stretch of road between Bernalillo and Colorado state line.

According to safety traffic engineers and patrol officers, the high speed limit and lack of effective barriers between north and southbound roads are a dangerous combination. Concrete barriers between these lanes could greatly reduce head-on collisions.

Avoid these common fire hazards at your barbecue

There's nothing quite like gathering with friends and family for a good old-fashioned cook-out. You grill some meat, you share some beers and you enjoy the great outdoors together. There's a quiet simplicity about it, which makes it both fun and relaxing.

Unless something goes wrong, that is. Grill fires are more common than you might expect. Each year, 7,000 Americans are injured by barbecues gone wrong. In today's post, we provide essential safety tips for your backyard barbecue:

Are fires in electric vehicles a concern?

When you think of highly flammable substances, gasoline is probably high on your list. When petroleum comes into contact with heat and oxygen, combustion is inevitable. In a running car, all three of these components are present. If something goes wrong, the results can be immediate and disastrous.

With this basic understanding of chemistry in mind, you might think that when you remove petroleum from the equation—and run a car on a battery instead—that you eliminate the risk of fire. This is not entirely true. While electric cars have an 11 times lower instance of fire, electric fires pose their own unique threats.

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