Driving While Drowsy

Prevalence of Drowsy-Driving Crashes: Estimates from a Large-Scale Naturalistic Driving Study from the AAA shows that drowsy driving accounts for 10% of all auto accidents; this is a much higher percentage than previous studies estimated. The most recent statistics can be found at this NHTSA site; Drowsy Driving: Asleep at the Wheel from the CDC offers additional data/information. Perusing the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s position statement – Confronting Drowsy Driving: The American Academy of Sleep Medicine Perspective – would prove of salutary benefit as well. In addition, reviewing these dozens of medical articles on this topic couldn’t hurt either.

In reading this literature, you will come across this term or a close variant of it – “naturalistic driving”; an explanation of this new procedure for recording driver behavior is found here.

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Congressional Misconduct Database

As developed by GovTrack,  “This page lists 372 instances of misconduct and alleged misconduct by Members of the United States Congress from 1789 to the present and is updated as new information becomes available.

The investigations, settlements, and resignations listed on this page do not imply guilt in the absence of a conviction, guilty plea, etc. We include investigations even if the Member of Congress is exonerated because the investigation and exoneration are themselves important events. Conversely, investigations that end without a guilty determination do not imply innocence.”

Links to outside sources, including CRS reports, are included.

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Isaac Asimov in Space!

Well, kinda, sorta. On board Space X’s Heavy Falcon are sequestered  copies of his Foundation novels. The Good Doctor would approve.

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Charles Dickens

It is appropriate that on this day, his birthday, we point you to some good sites containing relevant works. For his books, come here; for the journals he edited and wrote for, you can visit Dickens Journals Online.

There are numerous mentions of his travels and speeches in the United States in the Chronicling America site. He came to this country twice, in 1842 and 1867; the first trip produced American Notes for General Circulation (1842), a work that generated tepid reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.

Numerous helpful sites can be found here.

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National Security Reports – January 2018 Update

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A Step Closer to Eliminating Cancer?

Very favorable results in mice studies have prompted researchers to begin human trials. The very recent article detailing the work involved is here; many of the included references are also available full text.

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Are E-Cigarettes Good for You?

Why don’t you read this report – Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes – recently put out by the National Academies Press and find out? This large (500+ pages) report is the most comprehensive to date. The best term I can come up with is that the effects of e-cigarettes are a mixed bag. At least read the summary for an idea of the pros and cons of vaping.

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