March 2011 Archive

Mar 31, 2011

Over 25 percent of bridges in Pennsylvania are structurally deficient, according to a new report. This means the state has both the highest percentage and the greatest number of deficient bridges in the country.

Mar 28, 2011

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is strengthening the warning label on antiseizure drug topiramate, also sold under the brand name Topamax by Johnson & Johnson. New data suggests that the dangerous drug increases the risk of birth defects, especially if taken during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Mar 28, 2011

Two cardiologists at Westmoreland Hospital implanted heart stents, also called coronary stents, in at least 141 patients who might not have needed them, according to a medical review.

Mar 23, 2011

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has changed a portion of its car seat guidelines. Parents are now advised to keep children in rear-facing seats until they're at least two years old, one year later than previously recommended.

Mar 17, 2011

Studies have shown that Marcellus Shale gas drilling requires anywhere from 400 to 1,300 heavy trucks to complete one well. Pennsylvania State Police and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are doing what they can to protect area drivers from these trucks, citing three-quarters of them for various violations in their most recent enforcement campaign, "Operation FracNET."

Mar 17, 2011

Did you know that Pennsylvania is the fourth deadliest state in the country when it comes to drunk driving deaths? That's right, drunk drivers kill more people in our state than almost anywhere else in the United States. Furthermore, Allegheny County has the second highest number of drunk driving deaths in the state. It's something to keep in mind, especially during St. Patty's Day celebrations.

Mar 15, 2011

Marcellus Shale gas drilling brings heavy truck traffic to local roads that aren't designed to withstand the trucks' weight, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). This causes significant damage to local roadways, putting drivers' safety at risk.