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Published on Dec 30, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
don't drink and drive over the holidays

This weekend, many of you will celebrate the past year's achievements and set new goals for the future. It's likely that these celebrations will include alcohol, so please add this to your list of New Year's resolutions: If you drink, you won't drive.

Published on Dec 28, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
don't drink and drive over the holidays

Are you planning on spending New Year's Eve at a bar or restaurant in Blair County? If so, and you want to avoid drinking and driving, our law firm has an easy solution for you: Take A Cab. This is a program that we sponsor with WTAJ-TV and Pyramid Healthcare that provides free cab rides to people who have been drinking on New Year’s Eve.

Published on Dec 27, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
Multaq new heart warning

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the results of its most recent safety review of the heart drug Multaq. In its review, which included studies done by the drug’s manufacturer, Sanofi, the FDA found that Multaq is linked to higher rates of heart attack, stroke, and death in certain patients.

Published on Dec 21, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
Social Host infographic

Imagine a frightening late-night knock at the door from your local police. What if the officer came to tell you that one of your holiday party guests was in an accident on their way home, and you’re being held responsible? While it may seem unlikely, it could happen under Pennsylvania’s social host law.

Published on Dec 19, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
Words to be Heard Scholarship Contest

How would you like $5,000 for college? Western PA high school seniors can enter our 6th Annual "Words to be Heard" scholarship contest for a chance to win. We'll be awarding one grand prize scholarship of $5,000, three $2,500 scholarships, and three $1,000 scholarships.

Published on Dec 16, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
Holiday decoration dangers

While ‘tis the season to hang lights from atop your home and adorn your trees with homemade ornaments, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, some of these simple decorating activities can lead to emergency room visits and serious injuries.

Published on Dec 14, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
Soccer heading brain injuries

Heading the ball, or using one's head to direct the ball, during soccer practices or games may increase a player's risk for brain injuries, according to a recent study done by researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University.

Published on Dec 13, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
Texting while driving increases

The latest data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that despite a range of criticisms and legal bans, texting while driving continues to increase, particularly among young drivers.

Published on Dec 12, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
traffic deaths

According to figures released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Pennsylvania was one of five states that did not contribute to the overall downward trend of traffic fatalities in 2010.

Published on Dec 12, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
Cookie dough E. coli outbreak

Licking the spoon after finishing a batch of holiday treats is usually one of the best parts of the baking process, but new research suggests that it can also make you extremely ill.

Published on Dec 09, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
Work injuries among health care workers

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2010 Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Report, health care workers are at a far greater risk for workplace injuries than people in any other industry.

Published on Dec 07, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
Hondas recalled for faulty airbags

Honda Motor Co. has announced a recall of 304,000 vehicles due to defective air bag inflators. The recall was initiated over concerns that the vehicles’ air bags could burst during a crash, sending harmful metal and plastic particles flying and potentially causing injury or death.

Published on Dec 06, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
Contaminated cosmetics

According to reports submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), your morning makeup routine could lead to some very undesirable side effects. Facial swelling, painful burning sensations, and irritating rashes have all been linked to contaminated cosmetics.

Published on Dec 05, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
Arsenic found in apple juice

A new study from Consumer Reports found that nearly 10 percent of 88 sampled juices had arsenic levels above the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) bottled water standard of 10 parts per billion (ppb). As the study suggests, arsenic levels in apple juices were as high as 13.9 ppb, while grape juice levels were even higher, with 24.7 ppb.

Published on Dec 02, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
Drugs lead to hospitalizations in elderly

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control have identified four common medications that they believe lead to an estimated 100,000 hospitalizations of older Americans each year. The four types of medications identified, which consist of a small group of blood thinners and diabetes medications, account for nearly two-thirds of drug-related emergency hospitalizations among people age 65 and older.

Published on Nov 29, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
Pennsylvania Thanksgiving car accidents

There was some good news and some bad news from last weekend's Thanksgiving holiday. The good news is that car accident fatalities were down from last year. The bad news is that there were any at all.

Published on Nov 28, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
BPA in canned foods

One serving of canned food a day can significantly raise a person's bisphenol-A (BPA) levels, say Harvard researchers. Some studies have linked elevated levels of BPA to side effects such as heart disease, diabetes, and a higher risk of cancer.

Published on Nov 22, 2011 by Edgar Snyder

Savings on food and gas are the usual reasons people sign up for grocery store loyalty cards. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these types of cards have an entirely different benefit that you probably never considered – stopping food poisoning outbreaks.

A recent Salmonella outbreak in Eastern states has sickened 42 people so far this year, but a lot more might have fallen ill if it weren't for shopper loyalty cards. When officials started questioning the food poisoning victims, they realized that they all shopped at Wegmans. After getting permission to study the patients' loyalty card data, the officials found that a lot of the people were buying Turkish pine nuts or foods that contained them.

Published on Nov 21, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
Pennsylvania social host laws

The winter holidays mean lots of parties. These celebrations usually involve alcohol, and just like restaurants and bars, party hosts are responsible for who consumes these beverages.

Published on Nov 18, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
2011 Coloring Contest Winner

I'm happy to announce that we have our coloring contest winners! This year we had almost 1,300 entries and saw artwork from a lot of talented artists. It was difficult to make our decision, and I'd like to say thank you to everyone who took the time to participate.

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