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HOS rules blamed for contributing to rise in trucking deaths

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires that commercial truckers take a 30-minute rest break after eight consecutive hours of driving. Many in West Virginia and across the U.S. complain that this rule is inflexible and that the result is more truckers speeding to meet deadlines. Some also say that if they could drive straight through their 11-hour shift, they would not be so drowsy by the end.

Conditions that mimic Parkinson's may cause treatment delays

Many West Virginia patients may be diagnosed with Parkinson's disease based on their symptoms. These symptoms typically include trembling, weakness, muscles that feel stiff and walking with an unsteady gait. Unfortunately, because the symptoms of Parkinson's disease also mimic those of other illnesses and conditions, people may be misdiagnosed and receive the wrong treatment. Getting the correct diagnosis and beginning treatment as soon as possible gives patients the best prognosis.

What is the state doing to keep motorcycle riders safe?

Motorcycles are a popular way to get around. While they only account for 3 percent of all vehicles on the road, there are many people who are loyal biking enthusiasts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety notes a significant rise in motorcycle-related crashes and deaths from 2011 to 2016. Motorcycle fatalities account for 13 percent of all motor vehicle accident fatalities.

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