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    :: Tuesday, July 17, 2007 ::

    Unhealthy highways - By Emily Fredrix/AP, via Worcester Telegram, MA
    GREEN BAY, Wis.— Truck drivers — the people who deliver our food, cars and clothing — have one of the most dangerous jobs in America — accounting for nearly 15 percent of U.S. work-related deaths. And that’s only counting the accidents.

    They are also more at risk than average Americans for a number of health problems. Obesity is rampant. Many don’t bother to wear seat belts because their stomachs get in the way. About one in four have sleep apnea. Half of them smoke.

    The latest research in an upcoming report drives home those points and may help influence government regulations for truck drivers’ health, which are under review. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is considering tightening its rules for conditions including diabetes and high blood pressure. And many companies are stepping up their own efforts at improving health.
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