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May 2012 Archive

Published on May 31, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
dog bites

Did you know that last year alone, dog bites accounted for more than one-third of homeowners' liability claims, costing insurance carriers about $480 million?

Published on May 31, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
injury prevention

Every day, the news is filled with reports of people tragically killed or injured in accidents. Sometimes it seems like there’s danger around every corner. Unfortunately, almost 50 million Americans are treated for injuries each year, and over 2.8 million are hospitalized. Every three minutes a person dies from an injury, making injuries the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Despite these sobering statistics, many states are falling behind on injury prevention measures.

Published on May 25, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
nuvaring side effects

Birth control that you don't have to take every day? Over 1 million women have said, "Sign me up." In 2010 alone, over 5 million NuvaRing prescriptions were filled. However, two new studies found that women using the potentially dangerous birth control ring may have an increased risk of experiencing life-threatening blood clots.

Published on May 25, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
zithromax side effects

A popular antibiotic that you may have taken has been linked to life-threatening side effects. Zithromax (azithromycin), also called Z-Pack or Zmax, can cause serious heart problems in patients.

Published on May 23, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
2012 words to be heard scholarship winners

I'd like to thank everyone who participated in our contest – it's wonderful to see that so many students feel strongly about discouraging their peers from texting and driving and underage drinking and drunk driving.

Published on May 22, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
recalled salad

Giant Eagle has pulled bags of recalled Farmer's Market salad from shelves in Pennsylvania stores because the produce may be contaminated with harmful bacteria. A recall was initiated after the supplier of the product, River Ranch Fresh Foods of California, learned of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Published on May 21, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
oil and natural gas highway crashes

People who work at oil and natural gas wells typically log long hours under exhausting, and sometimes dangerous, conditions. They work with heavy tools, complex equipment, and chemicals that can cause serious injuries. But one of the greatest dangers oil and natural gas rig workers face has nothing to do with what happens on the job site.

Published on May 18, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
simply thick

The parents of premature babies have enough on their minds – is my baby going to be ok? Will he or she have lasting health problems? The last thing they need to worry about is that a product that’s supposed make their baby healthier will actually pose life-threatening risks. Unfortunately, this is may be what happened recently with a product called Simply Thick.

Published on May 18, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
2012 rising stars and super lawyers

No matter what your profession, it means a lot to have your hard work acknowledged by peers in your field. That's why I'm happy to announce that several attorneys at my firm have recently been selected for inclusion in 2012 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars®. These honors are both based on nominations from other attorneys in our state.

Published on May 15, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
girls and young athletes concussions

Professional football fields and hockey rinks – these are the two places many people associate with serious sports-related concussions. However, a new study found that the athletes most vulnerable to long-lasting, sometimes permanent complications from concussions are young people and females.

Published on May 11, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
drunk driving devices

For many teenagers, getting their license is an exciting time. It gives them more freedom and more time to spend with their friends. However, it's important for both teens and parents to know how dangerous and distracting teenage passengers can be to teen drivers.

Published on May 08, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
teen drivers

If you're a high school senior, there's a lot going on right now – you're studying for finals, finalizing prom plans, and getting ready to go to college or enter the workforce. Whether you're excited, nervous, or a little sad about all of the changes that are ahead, one thing's for sure – the future seems guaranteed. The reality, however, is that for too many teen drivers it's all taken away in the blink of an eye – and the next few months are particularly dangerous ones.

Published on May 07, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
back bone pain

Infuse Bone Graft has a history of controversy, beginning with off-label usage that resulted in serious side effects. Now, surgeons involved in clinical trials for the product, along with Medtronic, Infuse's manufacturer, are currently being investigated for failing to report complications and serious side effects linked to the bone graft device.

Published on May 04, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
toning shoe injuries

If you have seen the commercials for toning shoes like Skechers Shape-Ups or Reebok EasyTones, then you're probably familiar with the health benefits these types of shoes claim to offer. But did you know that the manufacturers of these shoes, which are also known as rocker bottoms, are currently involved in class action lawsuits?

Published on May 01, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
drunk driving devices

Car safety experts want to make cars themselves a weapon in the fight against drunk driving. The system they propose – the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) – would check a driver's blood alcohol content (BAC) before allowing the car to start.

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