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Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
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Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
Awareness of Alternative Therapies May Be Lacking
ANIMAL CARE
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BONES & JOINTS
Using a Balloon to Repair a Broken Back
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CANCER
Higher Vitamin D Intake Could Cut Cancer Risk
Minorities Distrust Medical System More
Get to Know the Pap Test
CAREGIVING
For Dialysis Patients, More Pills = Lower Quality of Life
Organ Donation Policies Vary Among Children's Hospitals
More Than 60,000 Patients Risked Hepatitis Infections
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
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Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
COSMETIC
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What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
DIABETES
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
DIET, NUTRITION
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
Proven Strategies for Avoiding Colds and the Flu
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Old-Growth Forests Dying Off in U.S. West
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
Genetics, Environment Shape Sexual Behavior
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Problems, Hearing Loss May Be Linked
Diabetic Eye Disease Rates Soaring
Time Teaches Brain to Recognize Objects
FITNESS
Vigorous Exercise Can Cut Breast Cancer Risk
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Seniors Who Exercise Help Their Health
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
U.S. Spends Billions On Alternative Medicine
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Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
More Calcium And Dairy Products in Childhood Could Mean Longer Life
MEN'S HEALTH
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
MENTAL HEALTH
Teen Internet Addicts More Likely to Self-Harm: Study
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
SENIORS
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
Any Old Cane Won't Do
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Green Tea May Help Treat Uterine Fibroids
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
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Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive

SATURDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- You can help lower your odds of becoming an unfortunate highway statistic this summer by making sure you are rested before you hit the road, says the National Sleep Foundation.

A recent poll by the nonprofit organization found that 54 percent of Americans say they have driven drowsy at least once in the previous year, while more than one-quarter say they do so at least once a month.

"When Americans get behind the wheel, we hope they'll recognize warning signs for when they're too tired to drive," said David M. Cloud, the foundations chief executive officer, in a news release issued by his organization. "Understanding crucial warning signs and countermeasures are key to preventing sleep-related crashes."

Warning signs of sleepiness at the wheel include the obvious, such as frequent yawning, trouble keeping your head upright and the feeling of heavy eyelids or excessive blinking, but also can include trouble staying in your lane and being unable to recall the last few miles driven.

To help avoid a potentially fatal situation, the foundation recommends:

* Getting at least seven to nine hours of sleep the night before a long drive.
* Leave plenty of time to get to your destination. Avoid having to drive long stretches without a break or during a period of time when you would normally be sleeping.
* Stop the car and take a break from behind the wheel every 100 miles or every two hours.
* Don't drive alone. Take along a friend who can split the driving with you. When not driving, the other person can help keep lookout for warning signs of drowsiness in the driver.
* Don't drink alcohol or take medication that could increase sleepiness or hamper your driving ability.

If you do start to feel sleepy, pull over to a safe place and take a 15- to 20-minute nap. Remember that while caffeine can help keep you awake, the liquid form in coffee or other drinks takes about 20 to 30 minutes to take effect, so having some before a short nap can give you a double boost.

SOURCES: National Sleep Foundation, news release, June 2009 Published on: June 13, 2009