Drowsy Driving Crashes: Prevalent and Preventable

Nearly 2 years ago, the National Sleep Foundation published a survey on “Drowsy Driving.” This information, despite being a year and a half old, is just as important today as when it was first released. Please take a moment to read this report as its relevance is timeless.

R. Popper

National Sleep Foundation Releases Safety Guidelines for
Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

WASHINGTON, DC, November 8, 2010, Today kicks off Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, a National Sleep Foundation public awareness campaign to educate drivers about sleep safety. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a new study showing that the tragedy of drowsy driving is more pervasive than shown in previous estimates. Their study shows that drowsy driving involves about one in eight deadly crashes; one in ten crashes resulting in occupant hospitalization, and one in twenty crashes in which a vehicle was towed. These percentages are substantially higher than most previous estimates, suggesting that the contribution of drowsy driving to motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and deaths has not been fully appreciated.

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Sleep Apnea and Cancer

Does Sleep Apnea Put You at Higher Risk for Cancer?

Numerous studies have documented the association of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with cardiovascular disease and diabetes. A recent article by Dr. F. Javier Nieto from the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, notes the association of an increase in cancer mortality in patients with OSA. This finding, while yet to be duplicated, raises yet another red flag as to the importance of diagnosing and treating OSA.

R. Popper

Sleep Apnea Associated with Higher Mortality from Cancer

Madison, Wisconsin, and San Francisco – Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), commonly known as sleep apnea, is associated with an increased risk of cancer mortality, according to a new study.

While previous studies have associated SDB with increased risks of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, depression, and early death, this is the first human study to link apnea with higher rate of cancer mortality.

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