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Archive | May, 2014

CDL Downgrades. What you can do about it.

Many drivers have called and coming in because they have received a downgrade letter in the mail from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  If you failed to return your self certification letter to tell the DMV the type of driving you engage in or expect to, that is usually the reason for that dreaded letter […]

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New Rules! For DOT Physicals.

I hope that Bill Maher doesn’t mind I borrow the title of this post from that popular segment of his on HBO, but I do think the time is ripe for New Rules! for DOT physicals that is. As everyone should be aware of (by everyone I mean truck drivers, doctors, motor carriers, and any one […]

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MedlinePlus: Preparing for surgery when you have diabetes

After hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes is probably the most common problem encountered during the DOT physical examination.  In the last group of drivers we evaluated, approximately 4 drivers in a row tested positive for glucose in their urine.  Some confessed that they were previously diagnosed but didn’t disclose it right away and others were […]

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FMCSA Denies OOIDA Request To Delay The Compliance Date For Seeing Medical Examiners Listed In The National Registry

As reported in Overdrive late yesterday afternoon, the FMCSA denied the OOIDA’s legal petition  filed on April 8, 2014 for a delay to the enforcement date of the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME).  The OOIDA felt there would not be enough medical examiners available to serve the 4.4 million plus commercial drivers.  However, […]

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Drivers Physicals Must Now Be Performed by Certified Medical Examiners – News – TruckingInfo.com

As a reminder to all commercial drivers, CDL, non-CDL, and CLP holders, all commercial driver physicals must be completed by medical examiners listed in the National Regisstry  of Certified Medical Examiners.  The mandate went into effect last Wednesday 5/21/2014.  Click the link to the NRCME given and also use various apps and tools available such […]

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Researchers say Hispanics with sleep apnea may also have hearing loss | Voxxi

In addition to the other risks associated with sleep apnea such as diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease and hypertension, increased hearing loss has been found in a study of Latinos in a Hispanic Community Health Study.  Hispanics are reported to be more likely than other groups to experience sleep apnea and in the study a 31% […]

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Insulin Treated Diabetes Mellitus-Tips on Applying for a Federal Exemption

      Insulin Treated Diabetes Mellitus (ITDM):  Tips on applying for an exemption.  Call 718-701-5949 for an appointment. If you are a commercial driver using insulin to treat your diabetes, as you should be aware of already, you will need an exemption from the FMCSA in order to operate in Interstate Commerce.  The package […]

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Understanding the National Registry Of Certified Medical Examiners Program 05/08 by Aubrey Allen Smith | Current Events Podcasts

Drivers, motor carriers, examiners stay tuned and mark your calendar for the upcoming show with veteran trucker and host of Blog Talk Radio Allen Smith as he talks to Elaine M. Papp RN, MSN Division Chief for the FMCSA Office of Medical Programs.  The topic? they will discuss the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners […]

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Sleep Apnea Monitoring and Testing

Drivers with a diagnosis of sleep apnea and undergoing treatment, please be reminded that there are certain requirements for monitoring and testing. Often times, drivers come in and say that they have sleep apnea and are on CPAP, but they haven’t seen their sleep specialist in years.    Sometimes I get a letter from the sleep […]

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Why We Snore – Snoring and Sleep Apnea

A humorous but educational video on the topic of snoring in general, and the topic of snoring and associated risks such as sleep apnea from the guys at myscienceacademy.org.  You gotta love that accent, and who says learning can’t be fun. How and why do we snore? http://t.co/yI9whCpL0o How and why do we snore? myscienceacademy.org

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