health

POLL: What’s been your experience with apnea screening, testing and treatment?

This poll probes incidence of false-positives and/or -negatives among those who've been screened for sleep apnea testing during DOT physicals. Which of these scenarios best describes your experience?

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Recommendations would force at-risk truckers into sleep apnea screening/treatment

FMCSA's Medical Review Board’s preliminary recommendations, not yet final, would encourage requiring a trucker to be screened for sleep apnea if he or she: (1) has a body mass index of 40 or greater, or (2) has a body mass index of 33 or greater and meets other criteria.

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FMCSA medical board to make sleep apnea rule recommendations this month

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration later this month will take the next step toward a rulemaking governing the screening and treatment of truck drivers suspected of having moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea.

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POLL: How are prolonged hours at the wheel affecting your health?

Work that requires prolonged periods of sitting down -- besides being one thing truckers and Overdrive editors have in common -- has been in the news lately as a significant health negative. How do you feel it's affected you? Tell us in this poll.

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Sleep apnea rulemaking comments due Friday

Drivers have through Friday, July 8, to make comments on the effects a potential sleep apnea rulemaking could have on them and on the industry.

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Driver saved by inspection crew after heart attack

A truck driver was resuscitated by inspectors after an apparent heart attack in the parking lot of a Maryland inspection site.

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FMCSA extends comment period for potential sleep apnea rulemaking

Commenters looking to weigh in on the effects a potential sleep apnea rule would have on truck drivers and the trucking industry now have an extra month to do so.

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Sleep apnea research: Truck operators must spend average of $1,200 for testing when apnea suspected

In wake of three federal listening sessions, ATRI's driver survey on apnea drops data on high costs. New data from readers also show the incidence of screening, testing and treatment has continued to rise in recent years.

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Truckers to FMCSA: Make sure medical examiners are on same page relative to sleep apnea

“FMCSA should get out of the medical field and leave it to the doctors,” Curl said. “Doctors should be the only ones deciding if drivers are fit to be on the road.”

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OOIDA requests comment period extension on sleep apnea rule

OOIDA has asked the agencies to extend the deadline 60 days from its current May 23 deadline, as a comprehensive study is set to be published in the coming days related to sleep apnea's costs to the industry.

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