November 22, 2013

Fear of Dozing on the Job

1 FAA to Test Obese Pilots for Sleep Apnea

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced a program that will screen all airline pilots and air traffic controllers who have a body mass index greater than 40 to determine if their excess weight might negatively effect their work performance. This is because overweight people are more likely to suffer obstructive sleep apnea, which can cause the person to experience extreme drowsiness and even to fall asleep at any time without warning. Pilots and controllers with BMIs over 40 will have to be evaluated by an M.D. who is a board certified sleep specialist and, if diagnosed with sleep apnea, be required to undergo successful treatment before being medically certified to work. The FAA plans to eventually expand the pool of those tested to include anyone with a BMI over 30.

More at Foxnews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Sleep Apnea Doubles Risk of Stroke in Men

Tags: Sleep Apnea, Obese Airline Pilots, Airline Safety, Federal Aviation Administration and Obesity, Airline Pilots and Sleep Disorders

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Hours on Feet Pays off for Heart

2 Walking Helps Prevent Strokes in Older Men

Older men who walk for several hours daily are less likely to have a stroke compared to peers who rarely take walks, find researchers from University College in London. Researchers found that older men (in their 60s and 70s) who walked for more than three hours daily had a two-thirds lower risk of having a stroke compared to men who spent the least time walking. Men who walked between four and seven hours weekly were 11 percent less likely to have a stroke compared to men who walked three hours or less a week. Researchers say that the study findings don't prove that walking prevents strokes, but the differences couldn't be explained by other factors.

More at NBC | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: High Cholesterol Doesn't Predict Stroke for Women

Tags: British Heart Foundation, Stroke Prevention, University College London, Preventing Strokes, Health Benefits Walking

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