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Lifestyle changes and a wide variety of prescription drugs have significantly lowered the threat of hypertension for pilots.
Research indicates that many incidents could have been prevented if the human factors elements of time pressure had been better understood.
Advances in Medical Technology and Treatment Give Many Pilots Second Chance 6 pages. [PDF 33K]
While the number of medical conditions that can be treated effectively is increasing and more pilots are receiving medical recertification after successful treatment, preventive measures such as healthy lifestyle choices are still paramount.
Airline Crew Members Suffer High Rate of Occupational Injuries 4 pages. [PDF 24K]
Compensation claims of nearly 2,500 pilots and flight attendants were examined, and sprains and strains topped the list of physical conditions that resulted in lost work days.
The Prostate: Review Practical Considerations for Male Pilots 4 pages. [PDF 23K]
Although there is no direct air safety risk related to prostate conditions, pilots should not ignore the potential health risks. Studies show that prostate cancer can occur in early middle age and its prevalence increases with age.
Adhesive Nicotine Patches Help Pilots Quit Smoking 4 pages. [PDF 24K]
The availability of new programs to help smokers quit the habit while reducing or minimizing withdrawal symptoms may be especially well suited for flight crews. Studies indicate that sudden nicotine deprivation causes withdrawal symptoms that
degrade pilot performance.