May 2012 Archive

May 31, 2012

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?

May 31, 2012

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.

May 25, 2012

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.

May 25, 2012

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.

May 23, 2012

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.

May 22, 2012

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.

May 21, 2012

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.

May 18, 2012

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.

May 18, 2012

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.

May 15, 2012

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.

May 11, 2012

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.

May 08, 2012

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.

May 07, 2012

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.

May 04, 2012

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?

May 01, 2012

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.