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October 2017 Archives

Night shift workers at heightened risk for drowsy driving

While it is well known that night shift workers are prone to develop heart disease and type 2 diabetes, there is another issue that may be of more immediate concern. Drowsy driving is a safety hazard in North Carolina and across the U.S. This condition, the result of an irregular sleep schedule, puts night shift workers and others on the road at risk even during daytime commutes on the way home.

Study links poor truck driver health with increased crash risk

Many truck accidents in North Carolina and across the U.S. may be caused by poor driver health, according investigators at the University of Utah School of Medicine. A study has been published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine that shows a correlation between trucker crash risk and the presence of one or more medical conditions.

Truck accidents and the holiday season

The holidays can be a wonderful time to connect with family and spend time with those you hold dear, but the holiday season is also a dangerous time to be on the road. An influx of drivers takes to the roadway around Thanksgiving and Christmas to travel, shop and attend special events, and commercial truckers, too, take to the roadway in droves around this time every year.

Traffic accident fatalities up again in 2016

Venturing out onto the action's roads is becoming increasingly hazardous for motorists in North Carolina and around the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's latest traffic accident fatality report, which was released on Oct. 6, reveals that fatalities have increased in two consecutive years. The 37,461 road users killed in 2016 represents a 5.6 percent year-over-year increase and is the highest highway death total since 41,259 died in 2007.

All age groups liable to injuries on stairs

In North Carolina and the rest of the U.S., injuries incurred on stairs seem to be common across all ages. Researchers in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine analyzed data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System that spanned the from 1990 to 2012 and examined the details of ER visits arising from a stair injury. Over 26 million Americans were treated in that period, and over two-thirds were between the ages of 11 and 60.

Congress raises issue of sleep apnea among truckers

Trucking companies and drivers in North Carolina continue to face uncertainty about testing and treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. As things stand now, multiple screening protocols present the trucking industry with inconsistent standards that govern which drivers get sent for medical tests. Truckers sometimes claim that they are unfairly targeted for medical tests and that the process is just meant to benefit sleep apnea testing companies and makers of treatment devices. Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have filed bills meant to compel the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to administer consistent rules across the industry.

Educate your children about approaching and training dogs

Dogs are said to be our best friend. They are known for their loyalty. Children tend to get excited by dogs and want to pet them. The American Veterinary Medical Association conducted research regarding dog bites. They report that over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the U.S. each year. Of these dog bite victims, children are the most common.

3 common causes of disability

The odds of your getting disabled might surprise you. According to WebMD, you have a one in three chance of having a disability before you retire. If you get into a devastating accident or develop a debilitating condition, you might worry about what you should do.

Dealerships selling vehicles with active recalls

North Carolina residents who are looking to buy a used car from major dealerships should be aware of the large-scale Takata airbag and other vehicle safety recalls. Safety advocates reportedly found that 25 percent of vehicles at eight different CarMax locations had safety recalls that had not been taken care of.

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