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November 2011 Archive

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 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.

Published on Nov 18, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
injection of Avastin drug

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it is revoking Avastin's approval as a breast cancer treatment because the drug is not safe and effective.

Published on Nov 14, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
magnetic balls

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued its first ever warning about the danger that magnets pose to children. According to the CDC, the number of reported magnet-related incidents is up from last year, and some of the incidents had serious consequences.

Published on Nov 11, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
Drowsy driving

This scenario might be familiar to you – you're driving along when your eyelids start to get heavy. You put down the windows, turn on the radio, and try your best to stay awake. Eventually it becomes almost impossible to keep your eyes open, and you feel yourself on the brink of nodding off. What would you do? Would you find somewhere to stop and rest, or would you continue on, betting on your ability to stay awake?

Published on Nov 11, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
football game

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby has become one of the most famous examples of how serious sports-related head injuries can be. Crosby suffered two concussions in one week in January and hasn't played in a game since. Just yesterday, the Penguins announced that he won't be playing this weekend and that his status remains "uncertain." It goes to show that concussions are more than just "a bump on the head."

Published on Nov 10, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
Driver texting while driving

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed a bill to prohibit drivers from sending or receiving text messages while driving.

Published on Nov 09, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
Toyota recall steering problems

Toyota is recalling approximately 550,000 vehicles due to problems that can make them difficult to steer.

Published on Nov 04, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
football game

The state Senate recently approved new legislation that aims to prevent traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in student athletes.

Published on Nov 02, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
Pennsylvania teen texting on the road

The Pennsylvania Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill to ban texting while driving, which now awaits Gov. Tom Corbett's signature.

Published on Nov 02, 2011 by Edgar Snyder
Pennsylvania teen texting on the road

Texting while driving has made a lot of headlines over the past few months. A new bill banning texting while driving will likely take effect within the next few months.

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