By: Terry Graedon December 10, 2018 5 Comments
    Will Sugar-Free Gum Keep You Awake on the Road?

    How do you keep yourself awake behind the wheel? This seems like an innocuous question, but it is in fact vitally important. Driver fatigue contributes to traffic accidents and fatalities around the w…

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2017 1 Comments
    Do You Know How Your Medicine Affects Your Drivi…

    Are you taking medicines that might make you a dangerous driver? Most people now realize that driving and drinking do not mix. Alcohol impairs judgment and slows reaction times. It’s illegal to driv…

    By: Joe Graedon April 3, 2017 4 Comments
    How Bad is Hypotension (Low Blood Pressure) for …

    Ask public health officials about hypertension and you will be told by the CDC that "about 1 of 3 U.S. adults--or about 75 million people--have high blood pressure." You will also learn that hypertens…

    By: Joe Graedon October 6, 2014 9 Comments
    Research Supports Munching Sunflower Seeds

    Q. I’ve read in your column that some people eat sunflower seeds to stay awake when they drive. This works, and I have proved it. I was a researcher at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administra…

    By: Joe Graedon August 21, 2014 3 Comments
    Which Popular Drugs Make People Dangerous Behind…

    Who would guess that a common over-the-counter medicine could affect driving even more than alcohol? Law-abiding citizens who would never dream of drinking and driving could be a hazard on the highway…

    By: Joe Graedon November 14, 2008 6 Comments
    Aleve Makes Her Drowsy

    Like other medicines, over-the-counter medications like naproxen or ibuprofen cause off-target (side) effects as well as on-target effects such as pain relief. However, you might have trouble tracking…