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February 2012 Archive

Published on Mar 16, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
brain injury technology

Thanks to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, there might soon be a more effective way of identifying and diagnosing traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Research into the new technology is beginning in military and civilian patients, and if successful, could mean uncovering injuries that previously went unseen and therefore untreated.

Published on Feb 28, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
shale health clinic

Washington county residents who live near any of the 700 Marcellus Shale gas wells in their county can finally receive the help they have been waiting for. A new medical clinic aimed at addressing local concerns over potential health risks associated with the rapid development of natural gas drilling has just opened on Washington Road in McMurray.

Published on Feb 28, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
statin drugs diabetes risk

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued important new safety information on statins, cholesterol-reducing drugs taken by millions of Americans to prevent heart disease. Patients taking the drugs may have a "small increased risk" of higher blood sugar levels and of being diagnosed with diabetes.

Published on Feb 27, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
cell phone towers

As cell phones became widely available in the 1990s, cell phone towers popped up around our homes, offices, and schools. In fact, the continued widespread use of cell phones has led to an increase in construction of cell phone towers in many communities, with 500,000 throughout the United States. It wasn’t until recently, however, that the safety of these towers came into question.

Published on Feb 22, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
distracted driving

The automobile industry is highly competitive, with each company trying to outdo the others in creating the next big thing, with features like onboard GPS systems, automated web surfing, and docks for mp3 players, just to name a few.

Published on Feb 22, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
tribune readers choice

As technology evolves, cars have become more about convenience and entertainment than just getting you from point A to point B. GPS systems tell you where to go. Mp3 players give you access to the music you want, when you want it. Automated web surfing lets you check the news and Facebook wherever you are. It’s the future. It’s amazing. Unfortunately, it’s also highly dangerous.

Published on Feb 20, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
tribune readers choice award

Every year, Trib Total Media announces their Readers' Choice Awards, recognizing Pittsburgh-area businesses and professionals for excellent service and customer satisfaction. For the third year in a row, Attorney Edgar Snyder received Trib Total Media's Readers' Choice Award for Best Attorney in the City.

Published on Feb 20, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
teen driving deaths increase

A recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) warns that an eight-year downward trend of deaths among teen drivers may be coming to an end. Preliminary data from the GHSA shows that more teen drivers ages 16 and 17 were killed in the first six months of 2011 than in the first six months of 2010.

Published on Feb 17, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
tribune readers choice

I’ve just found out that I’ve received Trib Total Media’s Readers' Choice Award for Best Attorney in the City. I know this award is completely based on votes by the readers, so I want to thank everyone who voted for me. Being granted this award is such an honor, and I’m so grateful for all of your support.

Published on Feb 14, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
metal hip implants

Hip replacements, one of the most common orthopedic surgeries, are supposed to relieve pain and increase mobility. However, tens of thousands of Americans may have received faulty implants that can cause long-term medical complications even after they are removed.

Published on Feb 10, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
doped driving accidents

The dangers of drunk driving have long been established, but researchers have now clearly identified the risks of driving while under the influence of marijuana. A recent study published in the British Medical Journal found that people who smoke marijuana before driving are twice as likely to be involved in a car accident.

Published on Feb 08, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
Bicycle safety

The Pennsylvania legislature has passed a new law aimed at protecting bicycle riders. The new bicycle safety law, which has already been signed by Governor Tom Corbett and will go into effect on April 2, 2012, will require motorists to maintain at least four feet of space between their vehicle and a bicycle and reduce their speed when passing cyclists.

The new law also makes it legal for drivers to cross a double yellow line into the opposing traffic lane if it is necessary to provide a cyclist with the newly required four feet of clearance. However, if there is oncoming traffic, motorists must wait until it is safe to pass a bicyclist. The law will also permit bicyclists to ride at slower than posted speeds and prohibits drivers from turning into a bicyclist’s path when making a right-hand turn.

Published on Feb 01, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
birth control recall

Women taking certain birth control pills may have a reason to worry over the very thing their birth control medication is supposed to prevent: unintended pregnancy. Pfizer has issued a voluntary recall of over 1 million packets of birth control pills because packaging errors could lead to women taking an inadequate dose.

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