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Is getting along with your doctor good for your health?

Your first thought when you look for a doctor isn't finding someone you like and get along with. You're probably more driven by things like proximity to your house and where you can use your health insurance.

However, it is important to get along with your doctor. Many studies have shown that there are significant health benefits.

Swerving to avoid car crash, ATV is involved in deadly accident

An ATV driver in Florida swerved to avoid a car crash and threw himself and his 19-year-old passenger off of the vehicle. Tragically, the young woman riding on the ATV was killed.

Reports indicated that the crash happened at an intersection, and both the ATV and the car got to it at the same time. The driver of the car did not stop, just driving on through the intersection, because he or she -- the driver's name was not released -- simply didn't see the smaller vehicle.

Busting myths about car accidents

Don't let myths stand between you and proper compensation after a car accident. Below are a few of the more common myths you need to know about -- even if you haven't been involved in a wreck yet.

1. You can just work with the other driver and find your own solution.

What should I do if I have been hurt in a motor vehicle accident?

A seemingly ordinary day in Florida can quickly become life-changing if an injury vehicle accident occurs because of another driver's carelessness. Naturally, you may feel physically hurt, angry, frustrated and scared - a combination of emotions that can easily prevent you from thinking clearly at the motor vehicle accident scene. A few tips can help you take the proper steps to protect your best interest following an injury-causing accident.

Is it safe to use a smartwatch while you drive?

Hands-free is the way to go when it comes to in-car technology, reducing distraction and keeping drivers' eyes on the highway. With the rise of smartwatches, you may find yourself thinking that this new technology is the perfect way to enjoy some of the features of a smartphone while you drive.

The reality, though, is that these watches are a bit deceptive. Yes, you don't have to touch the screen to look at the watch, but that's only half of the problem. You still have to look down, taking your eyes off of the road. Experts warn that, while a smartwatch may feel safer, it's actually the opposite of a hands-free device.

Why doctors feel too busy to listen

Patients sometimes run into a very disheartening problem: It seems like they just can't get their doctor to listen. They go over their symptoms and it feels like the doctor just doesn't have any time for them, instead choosing to rush through the appointment.

This is perhaps worst with complex issues, such as chronic disorders. Sometimes, patients feel like the doctors just send them off to a random specialist or push them on down the assembly line without really taking the time to understand what's going on.

Can the GPS actually cause accidents?

GPS systems have gone from a novelty to something many drivers use almost every day. For some, they're built into the dash, while others use the GPS apps on their smartphones. Overall, they've made paper maps obsolete and made it easier for people to navigate in areas they're not familiar with.

However, there are downsides. Some experts warn that distracted driving involves anything within the car -- talking to friends, texting on a smartphone, eating a hamburger -- that takes the driver's eyes away from the road. Using a GPS system fits this definition, and it's especially problematic when drivers are trying to put in the new address while they drive. This can be as dangerous as texting and driving.

What should you do when gallbladder surgery goes wrong?

If you have had gallbladder surgery, you likely went into the procedure with the expectation that you would receive quality care and good results. When you find yourself facing complications, pain and other issues after surgery, you may be unsure of where to turn or what to do next.

Reporter accused of DUI after accident injures police officer

A 26-year-old man reporter with the Pensacola News Journal has been arrested after a car accident with a Pensacola police officer. He's facing misdemeanor DUI charges. The crash happened on January 7. The reporter has been suspended from the paper while the case is investigated.

The police officer suffered injuries to her legs, back and face in the accident. The reporter had injuries to his face. He was treated at a hospital and released.

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