Not as glamorous as once pictured by Hollywood. For many truck drivers trucking is a last resort- A lonely and arduous low paying occupation and simply a means to an end. Those that still aspire to become truck drivers are met with many hard facts and statistics like the high turnover rate in the industry, and advancing technology threatening their very livelihood. Turnover at large for-hire fleets hauling freight by the truckload — the backbone of the industry — […]
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Typically used in Type 2 Diabetes they decrease glucose absorption and increase urinary glucose excretion. FDA Warns of Ketoacidosis Risk with Newer Diabetes Drugs.
Truckers Beware. You are not alone! In an article by Anahad O’connor of the NY Times more than a third of police officers have a sleep disorder ( most commonly OSA). Besides the usual OSA associated risks such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, etc., it was found that OSA in police officers also raised the odds of being injured on the job by 22 percent and falling asleep while driving by 51 percent. Reportedly, from 2009 to 2010, more than a third […]
FMCSA bans former lab operator from the drug testing business: Land Line Magazine. This story reminds me of another story about 6-8 months ago about another case of fraud in PA. This person was an unlicensed chiropractor impersonating a psychiatrist and doing DOT physicals. It was not revealed as to why her license was suspended in the first place but drivers beware! Before going for a DOT physical look up the NRCME website or OOIDA’s D.O.T. Doc website for a […]
DOT Reminds Commercial Drivers that Physicals Must Now Be Performed by Certified Medical Examiners – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
As we know, life on the road is difficult for the truck driver. Hard hours, a sedentary lifestyle and a host of unhealthy temptations at truck stops are some of the causes of the high rate of obesity, hypertension and related co-morbidities such as sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease in drivers. But, it does not need to be that way as we can see in this NY Times article. Like anything else in life, with a little effort and determination […]
FDA approves “pacemaker like” device for Sleep Apnea. Implanted in the chest it stimulates the hypoglossal nerve to keep primary airway muscles open so that breathing is not obstructed during sleep. For more details see New England Journal of Medicine Study below (Study funded by Inspire Medical Systems).
Weight loss products, are among dietary supplements like the sexual enhancement pills found to contain undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients with potentially harmful side effects. This particular product called “New You” was found to contain sibutramine, a weight loss medication removed from the market in 2010 due to risks of increased blood pressure and pulse rates. Sibutramine, a serotonin-norepinephrine re-uptake inhibitor was associated with increased cardiovascular risks and strokes. Medication Health Fraud Public Notification: New You Contains Hidden Drug Ingredients.
Follow up on previous post. Click photos to view the FDA Flickr website of the recalled sex pills. They include X-Zone Gold, X-Zone 1200, X-Zen Platinum, Mojo Risen, African Black Ant and others. For a more comprehensive list and archives of recalled sex supplement products over the last few years click FDA Previous Recalls.
I see a lot of men with erectile dysfunction in my practice. Some are just eager to show me bag full of these over the counter (OTC) supplements that they’ve paid good money for, but to their dismay don’t work. Well I got tired of seeing those bag full of pills after a while, but I must admit that sometimes I can’t resist some of the colorful names on the bottles like Black Ant, X-zone Gold etc… When some of […]