November 29, 2014

NTSB recommends better sleep disorder screening

Federal regulators who concluded that an engineer’s sleep apnea caused a deadly train derailment in New York adopted several recommendations Wednesday for better screening of such disorders, including a call for improved physician training. The National Transportation Safety Board, meeting in Washington, approved all the conclusions and recommendations in a staff report that examined five [...]

NTSB cites sleep apnea in 2013 Metro-North crash

The National Transportation Safety Board said Oct. 28 that the December 2013 Metro-North train derailment that killed four and injured 61 occurred when the train engineer had fallen asleep. The train rounded a curve at 82 mph, well above the 30-mph speed restriction. The NTSB report determined that the operator had “an undiagnosed severe obstructive [...]

Train derailment fuels sleep apnea screening talks

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A deadly Metro-North train derailment last year in which the “dazed” engineer was found to have sleep apnea has pushed the commuter railroad to look into establishing screening for the condition, which could include measuring operators’ necks and asking them and their spouses about snoring habits. Metro-North spokesman Aaron Donovan confirmed [...]

Train engineer in fatal derailment has sleep apnea

The National Transportation Safety Board will announce this week that the Metro-North Railroad engineer at the controls last year during a fatal derailment in the Bronx had an undiagnosed sleep disorder, according to a person with knowledge of the planned announcement.  The engineer, William Rockefeller, suffered from severe sleep apnea, which appeared to be aggravated [...]

High-tech chicken soup to ease fatigue

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Sleep, fatigue, workplace safety and quality of life are stitched together tighter than the seams on a major league baseball – and unpredictable work schedules can undo those stitches faster than a Stephen Strasburg 100-mph heater. A new website, created by sleep scientists at Harvard Medical School, the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center and the [...]

New hope for the sleepless

By Norman K. Brown, M.D.UTU Medical Consultant Difficulty getting a good night’s sleep has been a problem of men and women since the beginning of time. Stress, stimulants such as caffeine, illness and irregular work schedules all are well recognized by all of us as causes of insufficient or irregular sleep. Some medical conditions, such [...]