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Could sleep apnea be putting dangerous drivers in trucks?

New research, partially funded by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), indicates that almost one-third of the nation's truckers are suffering from sleep deprivation due to sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes victims to stop breathing periodically while they sleep. It leads to daytime drowsiness, slowed reaction times and trouble focusing one's vision, among other serious complications.

New Jersey cracks down on sources of narcotics feeding addictions

The state of New Jersey has had enough of doctors who carelessly and needlessly prescribe painkillers without adequate oversight or countermeasures designed to keep patients from becoming addicted.

In total, New Jersey has yanked the licenses of or served criminal complaints on 32 people over the past year -- including one individual who had treated patients for almost three decades without a license.

The dangers of an unnecessary cesarean delivery

A cesarean delivery (C-section) is the most common surgical procedure in the United States -- and it may be putting mothers and their babies through unnecessary risks far too often.

While there are certain factors that make you a more likely candidate for a C-section, such as having gestational diabetes, a baby in a breech position or just being an older mother, the biggest factor influencing whether or not you have a C-section is where you are when you deliver your baby.

Summer holidays equal unsafe roads for drivers

Aside from being a national holiday celebrating American independence, the 4th of July has another, much more dubious distinction: It's the single most dangerous day on the road for drivers.

If you look at weekends instead of just the actual holiday itself, Memorial Day weekend is actually the most dangerous, although Labor Day weekend isn't far behind.

Could your motorhome be dangerous to your health?

If you own an RV, you may face an unexpected danger that could turn your motorhome into a deathtrap: a carbon monoxide leak.

Carbon monoxide is both odorless and colorless -- in fact, it doesn't have any natural irritants that can alert you to its presence. One of the sources of this deadly poison is the burning of fossil fuels in a motorhome's engine or generator -- a defective exhaust system, damaged generator or improperly designed ventilation can end up piping the gas directly into the RV.

Traumatic brain injuries can take six months or longer to show

If you contact an attorney shortly after an accident involving a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you may find the attorney frustratingly slow to take action.

Don't be dismayed if your attorney doesn't seem like he or she is in a rush to begin negotiating a settlement with the insurance company involved. Your attorney is looking out for your interests and it's very likely that he or she is waiting to see if more problems develop a few months down the road. Research indicates more clearly than ever that the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury may not all be evident at once.

Pill mills and painkillers: What you don't know can kill you

It's probably safe to say that most people who go to a doctor to treat their acute or chronic pain don't go intending to end up addicted to painkillers.

Unfortunately, a lot of people end up hooked on prescription painkillers because doctors -- even good ones -- are prescribing too many narcotics. For example, studies have shown that almost three-fourths of doctors believe that morphine and Oxycontin give the best short-term pain relief, even though non-prescription drugs like Advil are actually more effective.

Tetris: Preventing post-traumatic stress disorder after crashes

A lot of people expect to be banged up after a car accident, but not many expect to suffer from a much more insidious problem: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

However, doctors are slowly starting to recognize the fact that a serious car crash is highly stressful and traumatic for those involved -- to the point where it can cause the victim of the crash to begin to re-experience the trauma he or she felt during the accident over and over again.

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