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A Driver’s Guide to the DOT Physical Urine Dipstick Test.

Source: Interpretation of Bedside Urinalysis This post was published in Life In the Fast Lane , a blog from a group of docs from down under (Australia/ New Zealand), and would serve well to answer many of the questions you may have during your DOT physical about the urine test. How accurate is the urine […]

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Types of Color Vision Tests – AOPA

Types of Color Vision Tests – AOPA. Color blindness is a mostly an inherited vision abnormality where there is deficiency in perception of red, green, and blue due to abnormality of cone cells located in the eye.  Red-green color blindness is passed from mother to son on the 23rd chromosome (sex chromosome).   The 23rd […]

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Blood Pressure Monitoring Kiosks Aren’t for Everyone?

Drivers, not only is cuff size important as explained in this article from the FDA, but also remember that hypertension is not diagnosed with just one reading.  Several readings (2-3 readings made at 3 or more separate visits) with your personal physician is usually necessary to see if the elevation is sustained and to diagnose […]

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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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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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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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DIabetes Risks Test

Drivers, according to the Center For Disease Control (CDC) 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, approximately 25.8 million or 8.3% of the population have diabetes mellitus.   Commercial drivers, especially OTR drivers who often spend weeks at a time away from home are at an increased risk of developing diabetes due to poor diet or nutrition, […]

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