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Infographic: Where truckers rank on obesity compared to other occupations

The Wall Street Journal published the infographic below this week, showing truck drivers, according to the American Journal of Medicine, rank on the obesity scale compared to other occupations. Click here to see the WSJ article  

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Apnea clarification unlikely in short term to remedy the condition’s growing importance in medical certifications

Though FMCSA says it will send a bulletin to medical examiners to clarify its guidelines on screening drivers for sleep apnea, it's unlikely medical examiners' willingness to issue short-term driver medical certifications contingent on apnea testing will be affected.

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Driver sleep apnea screening: FMCSA to issue clarification to medical examiners

Medical examiners in FMCSA’s registry will soon be receiving a bulletin from the agency to clarify current federal rules — or lack thereof — regarding screening and testing drivers for sleep apnea.

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Health-insurance exchange enrollment open through Feb. 15

Now is the time those purchasing health insurance on the exchange to browse and/or enroll or update prior purchased plans. For the coming tax year, penalties for not carrying health insurance are roughly double those in effect for 2014,

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Breast cancer awareness guide for – that’s right – men

Lack of awareness is one contributing factor to late detection. A number of men don't think they can get breast cancer, and because of the rarity, there is unlikely to be any benefit in screening them in the general population for it with preventive mammograms or other tests.

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Sleep apnea and conditional medical certification being fought on new fronts

In an attempt to solve the problem of medical examiners' willingness to issue short-term conditional certifications — if any certification at all — pending results of a sleep study, NASTC has started offering both member and non-member carriers and drivers a sleep apnea screening and testing program that puts the process in the driver's hands.

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Do you use prescription meds to treat chronic pain?

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Is it really depression?

The most important thing to remember about depression is that “it's not all in your head.” If you are having feelings of overpowering sadness that persist for long periods of time, get a tune-up and add some vital nutrients or medications to your daily routine. Don't be afraid to talk about it.

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A silent killer: Pancreatitis

Eat a balanced diet, avoid excessive animal fats, drink plenty of water, get plenty of exercise, don't smoke, and drink alcohol only in moderation to keep your pancreas happy.

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Can an employer fire or refuse to hire me on account of a sleep apnea diagnosis?

Following the 2008 amendment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers must make reasonable accommodations for drivers with sleep apnea, says Truckers for a Cause cofounder and driver Bob Stanton.

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