Night Shift Workers – Beware of Driving Crash Risk

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital February 11, 2016

 Night shift workers have many more motor vehicle crashes than day workers, particularly during the commute home.

Night shift workers have many more motor vehicle crashes than day workers, particularly during the commute home.

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety recently found that 37.5 percent of drivers participating in a test drive after working the night shift were involved in a near-crash event. The same drivers, with normal sleep the night before the test, had zero near-crashes.

“Drowsy driving is a major, and preventable, public health hazard,” says Charles A. Czeisler, PhD, MD, FRCP, Chief of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at BWH, and corresponding author of the study. “These findings help to explain why night shift workers have so many more motor vehicle crashes than day workers, particularly during the commute home. Night shift workers should be advised of the hazards of drowsy driving and seek alternate forms of transportation after night shift work.”

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Ringing out 2012 – Most Popular HealthHub Posts

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital January 1, 2013

The blog team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital would like to close out 2012 with a selection of our most popular posts.  We’d also love to read about your favorites in our comments section.

We wish you a safe and happy New Year and look forward to sharing more health stories with you in 2013.

 

1.  What’s in a Face?

After suffering a disfiguring injury, Dallas Wiens receives the gift of a new face – the first full face transplant in the U.S. – at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  The life-giving surgery, performed by a team of more than 30 physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists, and residents , provides Wiens with the typical facial features and function of any other man.

 

2.  Prostate Cancer Screening – Should I or Shouldn’t I?

Dr. Anthony D’Amico, Professor and Chief of Genitourinary Radiation Oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Chief of the Prostate Cancer Radiation Oncology Service at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, discusses the benefits of prostate cancer screening, particularly for younger men.

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