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Guilty until proven innocent: Answering key sleep-apnea questions

As new medical certification processes come into play, more drivers are being asked to get sleep apnea testing. Some are asking questions, getting varied answers – and being taken off the road prematurely.

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FMCSA group eyes sleep apnea regs

One recommendation would require all drivers with a body mass index measurement of 35 or higher to be tested for sleep apnea.

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The Apnea Hurdle

Coming regulations would force reckoning with a condition common to truckers. And that’s not all that could make passing the medical exam even harder.

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Language of the MCSAC/MRB sleep apnea recommendations

You've more than likely seen the news, available via Overdrive here, that firm recommendations for guidance on required evaluation and treatment for sleep apnea among truck drivers with a body mass index (BMI) measurement of 35 or higher came down from the FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee in their joint meeting with the Medical Review Board late yesterday. At the 11th hour, too, a second formal recommendation was added to the discussion mix, namely ...

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Champion sumo wrestler/Idaho potato hauler

If rumored body-mass-index caps ever become a reality for interstate truckers (however doubtful that is), 420-lb. Kelly Gneiting (pictured, as featured in a Feb. 2009 edition of ESPN magazine) may well be there to prove the regulatory faults. As a sumo wrestler, he's in top shape, he said in this recent story, on the website of the Denver Post. You might not know that the three-time U.S. sumo champ is also a potato hauler, based in Idaho, of ...

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Sleep apnea problems discussed

Trucking industry leaders and sleep medicine professionals gathered to find solutions to deal with sleep apnea in trucking.

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Wake up call

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expected soon to raise the bar on screening and treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.

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