July 15, 2009 |
A federal safety panel said the trolley operator who died after her train rammed another trolley in Boston last year had ignored a red stop signal, probably because she suffered from an undiagnosed sleep disorder that caused her to briefly fall asleep. The finding came in the National Transportation Safety Board's final report on the May 2008 collision in suburban Newton, Mass., that also injured seven passengers on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Green Line. Testing showed the presence of doxylamine -- which is used in over-the-counter sleeping aids -- in operator Terrese Edmonds' urine.
May 17, 2009 |
Emmanuel Michael used to think that his unusual sleep patterns were nothing more than amusing quirks. In college, he once woke up from a library snooze to find a note on his chest complaining about his loud snoring. After he became a database programmer, Michael would eat lunch quickly so he could also take a half-hour nap during his break. But when he read online about sleep disorders recently, Michael discovered that his snoring and daytime drowsiness might be a sign of sleep apnea -- a disorder that interrupts a sleeping person's breathing, sometimes dozens of times a night -- and that his health might be at risk.
January 1, 2008 |
The call center job came with a good salary and good perks, especially compared to many other opportunities for young people in India. But as 26-year-old Vaibhav Vats says, it was doing him no good. His weight grew to 265 pounds and long overnight hours gave him little time for a social life. Eventually, he quit. "You are making nice money. But the trade-off is also big," said Vats, who spent nearly two years at an IBM Corp. call center handling customer calls from the United States.
July 18, 2002 |
A drug implicated in date rapes and nightclub deaths won federal approval Wednesday for treating a rare type of sleeping disorder, under special restrictions aimed at stopping its diversion to nonmedical uses. GHB, or gamma hydroxybutyrate, has an unusual four-decade history of use as an anesthetic, a body-building supplement and a party drug popular on the rave scene.
August 14, 2001 |
Sweat streamed down Hal Sutton's face and stained his shirt Monday as he pounded balls on the practice range, trying to shake the rust from a game that has been relatively dormant the past month. This is not the time to be catching up. The PGA Championship starts Thursday, the final major of the year. Of greater interest to the 43-year-old Sutton is finding his form in time for the Ryder Cup next month. "Every morning I wake up, I feel like I've just run a marathon," he said.
February 5, 2001 |
Sleepfoundation.org Background: This is the Internet face of the National Sleep Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to publicizing sleep disorders and supporting sleep research and education. The site provides general consumer information, as well as updates on what the foundation is doing. What Works: The site's quick explainers of major sleep disorders, and the group's own survey results on sleep habits, make for a clear snapshot of how sleep problems affect public health.